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The Very Big Carrot by Satoe Tone

A small little book about a very big carrot. Look at the picture on the front cover. Six rabbits on an orange platform, under a spreading green tree. Read on.

"One day, six rabbits found a very big carrot." On a green–hued double–spread are six rabbits with bucket and spade, all prepared to dig for their meal. Little orange carrots dot the field. And then there is the 'very big carrot.'

Turn the page. The carrot stretches horizontally over two pages and requires all six rabbits to hold it up. What should they do with it? Make a boat? An airplane? A garden high up in the sky? A house? Their inventiveness is matched by the wonderful drawings—always faithful to the form of a carrot, but mind–expanding in the possibilities.

Turn the carrot upside down vertically and viola, you have an orange sail. The rabbits turn themselves upside down, and looking up at the sky they imagine an airplane.

And when will they remember that rabbits eat carrots? On the very last page, wonderfully orange-hued, stand six rabbits all prepared to eat: knife and fork in hand and bib around their necks.

The story comes a very satisfying full circle.

Title: The Very Big Carrot

Author: Satoe Tone

Illustrator: Satoe Tone

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (Translated from the French)

Hardback: 24 Pages

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5426-1