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First of all, I want to tell you that I was truly delighted to be introduced to this true gem of a book. It is very simple in its wording and structure, yet the message of the book serves as a great metaphor for persevering in your goals despite the opinion of naysayers surrounding you. This book is more than 60 years old; it was first published in 1945. I feel its content is, and always will be, timeless.
Since I teach small children from 2 to 6 years of age, I thought something akin to a felt board would be a perfect activity for the children. Instead of a felt board I used laminated pictures with ticky tack backing to serve the same purpose.
Here is the story acted out...the star — my son, and the narrator — me.
|Set up: Place the carrot into the hole. Make sure the fishing line loop is sticking out. Place the 5 dandelions on the grass area.|
|Adult reads story: "A little boy planted a seed". Have child put seed in "hole".|
|"His mother said, "NO! I'm afraid it won't come up!" Child sticks "NO" sign up on board. Please note: I have added the word NO! to each of the comments by the little boy's family. It is not in the original text by the author.|
|"His father said, "NO! I'm afraid it won't come up!" Child sticks 2nd "no" sign up on board.|
|"And his big brother said, "NO! I'm afraid it won't come up!" Have child stick 3rd sign up on board.|
|"Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed..." Have child pick off 2 dandelions and stick them on side board.|
|"And sprinkled the ground with water" Child uses watering can and pretends to water the seed. I encourage sound effects "shhsshhshhhshh".|
|Adult turns page and reads "but nothing came up".|
|Turn page again, "And nothing came up".|
|"But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water."|
|"Everyone kept saying, "NO, NO, NO", it won't come up." Either child or adult points to each "NO".|
|"And then, one day, a carrot came up... " (Adult pauses) "...Just as the little boy had known it would". Child pulls up carrot by the fishing line.|
My son and the preschoolers LOVED this. At the preschool they all took turns doing a step. Of course the most popular part came to be pulling the carrot up at the end.