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The Tiny Seed (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Eric Carle
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28 Aug 1997 Picture Puffin

A classic picture book by Eric Carle - The Tiny Seed.

When the tiny seed is blown away from its parent plant, it travels a very long way - over seas, deserts and mountains. The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around. Then one day the wind blows and thousands of the flower's seeds begin their own journeys.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (28 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014055713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140557138
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 20.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally acclaimed author/illustrator of books for very young children. He has worked as a graphic artist for the NEW YORK TIMES and various advertising agencies. He now works freelance as an illustrator and is concerned withthe transition of the child from the home to the school environment. Eric Carle lives in Massachusetts.

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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Eric Carle is well known for his fictional accounts of lives of mini-beasts but in The Tiny Seed he unravels the complex life history of plants. This is botany - not in a nutshell - but in a seed pod. He doesn't 'name' the seed or make it into a 'person'. Yet the reader immediately makes a connection with this living being. It is alive in a very real and exciting way. All that potential is held within the seed and as conditions are right, the life is released. It's not a new story but it is expressed in words which zing with anticipation and delight. All bound together with Carle's trademark illustrations, mixing colours and media to entice you further and further into the book. For young readers and adults sharing books with children, this book is a feast for all the senses. Enjoy!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics of botany in a beautiful picture book 25 Mar 2005
Eric Carle is great at imparting information to children in an appealing story format and in this book he covers the annual cycle of a flower from a seed. The tiny seed finds a place to grow while many others falling by the wayside, and then grows into a big beautiful flower. Finally we see, in the autumn, the demise of the flower and the release of a new batch of seeds which brings us back to the beginning again. As ever, Eric Carle's illustrations are colourful and refreshingly distinctive and the story is straightforwardly pleasing. My children enjoy following the progress of the tiny seed amongst its bigger siblings, spotting it on each page as well as the one loses its way in that particular paragraph because of snowy or arid ground for example. Also, I like it that it isn't the biggest seed that makes it but the little one against whom you'd think the odds would be stacked. There's a good subliminal message there that you don't have to be the biggest to do the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle 30 April 2009
An excellent story for pre-school children. A useful tool to teach science and dramatize. Received in excellent condition and the illustrations are superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite long 1 Nov 2012
By Lou
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my preschool because I had previously bought the Very Hungry Caterpillar and all the children love it. I presumed that this book would be something similar, e.g. short sentences, easy to read, simple story. I was a little disappointed. I found this book to be quite long and the children started losing interest very quickly. I don't think it is best suited to 3-4 year olds unless it is condensed but 5-6 year olds would probably love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for a three or four year old 4 Jun 2014
This is a story about a flower that loses its seeds. On each page something happens to one of the seeds but the tiny seed survives and eventually grows up into a tall flower (bigger than a house - the one bit of the story that isn't realistic!) which at the end of the story then loses its seeds.

This isn't a classic but it is a nice book about how the natural world works and how not all seeds survive. Some of the pages have quite a lot of text on them - this is definitely a book for a three or four year old rather than say an 18 month old. I didn't find the text quite as poetic as that in some of Eric Carle's other books but it is fine to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for your preschool library 12 July 2012
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Beautiful book, rich in content with fabulous illustrations. Deals with plant life cycles and seasonality (all four seasons so can be picked up at any time although it does start in Autumn)in a really engaging way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain 19 Mar 2012
By Almond
Format:Board book
Got this as used but it looked new! Paid really silly price like 21p but postage was compulsory. Still worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 20 Jun 2014
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Everything you would expect from an Eric Carle book beautiful pictures and a delightful easy to follow story for even the youngest children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
This book has beautiful pictures as you would expect from Eric Carle. I used it during a science/geography lesson with my Year One class and they loved it. Great book.
Published 8 months ago by miss joanna l caldicott
5.0 out of 5 stars present for the one I love
when my wife was young she read a lot but many books got damaged by water some years ago.
We thought they were lost for ever but NO Amazing Amazon has found them all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by T M
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book by Eric Carle
Perfect for small children, simple story, simple and colourful pictures. A good introduction to how nature "works" - seed flying around, some ending up as bird food, some... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Yogini DK
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The product was as described, very nice child's book and I was told the content was delightful. Delivered within specified time
Published 15 months ago by Flossiegill
5.0 out of 5 stars growing topic
too detailed for our age range my fault not the author but would be good for ke stage one and two
Published 16 months ago by sheila mills
4.0 out of 5 stars The book that grew on me...
At first I was unsure whether or not the children would be as interested in a story based on the journey of plants rather than animals, but it fitted in with our theme on growth... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms. Kayleigh J. Nisbet
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story
A good book for children 4+ as it teaches you all about seasons and how things grow. The children enjoy this story and it was read to the children as part of our growing theme we... Read more
Published 21 months ago by franni
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