American Recording Society.
Crockett Johnson.
Told by Norman Rose.

The Carrot Seed is a 1945 children’s book by Ruth Krauss. As of 2004, The Carrot Seed has been in print continuously since its first publication in 1945. It was illustrated by Krauss’s husband, Crockett Johnson. At 101 words, it was one of the shortest picture book texts when it was published in 1945.

The book opens with the words: “A little boy planted a carrot seed. His mother said, ‘I’m afraid it won’t come up.” Despite the skepticism of his parents and, particularly, his older brother, he persists and “pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water.” The book concludes simply “And then, one day, a carrot came up just as the little boy had known it would.” However, the singular carrot is so large that it fills a wheelbarrow. This is definitely a story of faith, but much of its charm, however, comes from its credibility as a simple story of something that could actually have happened with the added visual humor of the giant carrot.


4 responses »

  1. srbranigan says:

    What a wonderful resource! I went down the rabbit hole looking for “The Carrot Seed” and found your website, and the recording of the book. A treasure! I downloaded the recording, and am wondering if there is some place that I can purchase an actual record?
    And can I pay you for the download? I am just so tickled to find this! Thank you!

    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks for the comment. I think you can best look out for it on auctionsites like Ebay. Or maybe someone who read this knows where you can buy it.
      Thanks for the offer but i don’t want to be payed because, just tickle people is more then enough rewarding for me.

  2. mia olson says:

    I also am looking for the recording, but a BIG thank you for having it! I remember this as a child, and am now looking to use with my preschool class.

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