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.