Maurice Sendak:

In those cottage-industry days of the mid-forties, Ruth and her painter, writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and all-round ingenious husband, Crockett Johnson, teamed up and created that perfect picture book, The Carrot Seed (Harper), the granddaddy of all picture books in America, a small revolution of a book that permanently transformed the face of children’s book publishing. The Carrot Seed, with not a word or a picture out of place, is dramatic, vivid, precise, concise in every detail. It springs fresh from the real world of children, the Bank Street world of listening to children and recording and re-creating their startling speech patterns and curious, pragmatic thinking processes.

Maurice Sendak:

In those cottage-industry days of the mid-forties, Ruth and her painter, writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and all-round ingenious husband, Crockett Johnson, teamed up and created that perfect picture book, The Carrot Seed (Harper), the granddaddy of all picture books in America, a small revolution of a book that permanently transformed the face of children’s book publishing. The Carrot Seed, with not a word or a picture out of place, is dramatic, vivid, precise, concise in every detail. It springs fresh from the real world of children, the Bank Street world of listening to children and recording and re-creating their startling speech patterns and curious, pragmatic thinking processes.

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