Reading Corner: How to Raise Your Kid’s Self-Esteem and Environmental Awareness at the Same Time (with Activity!)
Does Green Economy include you? How can parents become involved in lessening the carbon footprints of their family? How can parents engage young children in environmental activities?
Here is the perfect picture book that can serve as a launching pad for a summer family vegetable garden that will inform, engage and involve kids in what will hopefully become a life-long concern for preserving the environment and living a healthier lifestyle. The book is one of the hundred classic picture books recommended in Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.
The Carrot Seed
Written by Ruth Krauss
Illustrated by Crockett Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (1945…and NEVER out of print since then!)
Ages: 2 and up
Determination, perseverance, self-esteem, gardening, self-reliance
“A little boy planted a seed. His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”
From Amazon: “Ruth Krauss, author of A Hole Is to Dig, has crafted a story almost Zen-like in its simplicity. A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits patiently, tending to it carefully, while everyone around him insists that “it won’t come up.” His conviction is steadfast, however, and sure enough, a carrot worthy of first prize at any state fair springs forth from the earth. Krauss’s husband, Crockett Johnson (creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon), illustrated The Carrot Seed, and while the little boy is rendered with uncomplicated lines, all of his hope, confidence, and serenity shine through. The image that resonates most strongly in this minimalist tale is the unfaltering faith of the mild-mannered little boy. Young readers learn that standing your ground in the face of opposition and doubt can often result in twice the reward expected (even thrice the reward, if judging by the girth of this carrot).”
Why I like this book:
The illustrations–simplicity in its purest form!
The text: minimalistic and appealing!
The message: POWERFUL…believe in yourself, even when no one else does!
What a wonderful book for every young child…this is a story that encourages kids to stand up for what they believe in. This book can be a launching pad for starting a home vegetable garden this summer that will decrease your family’s carbon footprint.
Plant a carrot seed, of course! With young children, you can also take the butt end of a fresh carrot and plant that in a container of soil. The carrot will grow profuse greenery that smells just like a carrot and can be cut and used to garnish salads and vegetable dishes.
You can find some great instructions for container gardening here.
There are lots of good tips for growing veggies with kids here.
Investigate your local community to see if there is a community gardening project that you and your kids can get involved in.
Vivian Kirkfield is a mother of three, an educator and the author of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. She lives in the Colorado Rockies and is passionate about picture books, enjoys hiking and fly-fishing with her husband, and loves reading, crafting and cooking with kids during school and library programs. To learn more about her mission to help every child become a reader and a lover of books, please visit her Positive Parental Participation blog or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org