胡萝卜的种子 （The Carrot Seed)
When a little boy decides to plant a carrot seed, everyone tells him that it won't grow. The little boy stands his ground against the objections, knowing that one day a carrot will come up. He waters the plant and pulls up the weeds, and waits. In the end, the carrot comes up.
This classic story shows the importance of patience and lends to discussions on individuality and standing our ground. Little ones learn the steps of planting too!
Recommended for Ages: 2-6
Language: Simplified Chinese
Author: 露丝•克劳斯 Ruth Krauss
Illustrator: 克罗格特•约翰逊 Crockett Johnson
Translated by: 李剑敏
Translated from: English
Initially, I was skeptical about translation of good classics like The Carrot Seed. However after reading it, I love it that the text is simple, with some repetition, which is important for early readers to practice without boring them. Translation was also accurate and straightforward, just like how The Carrot Seed was presented. If you are looking to kickstart home learning, introduction to Chinese, or looking for a reader-like book for your child to learn and practice new words, 《胡萝卜的种子》 definitely makes the mark. The book can be used to accompany lots of carrot- and botany-themed activities which is timely for the season of Spring. We took up the challenge to row to 《胡萝卜的种子》 AND The Carrot Seed (borrowed the English version from the library).