Ruth Krauss's beloved picture books include two Caldecott Honor Books, The Happy Day, illustrated by Marc Simont, and A Very Special House, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, as well as the perennial favourite A Hole Is to Dig, also illustrated by Mr. Sendak. Crockett Johnson first came to national prominence as the author and illustrator of the popular comic strip "Barnaby." Along with illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Carrot Seed and The Happy Egg, Crockett Johnson also created Harold and the Purple Crayon as well as six other adventures about the little boy and his magical crayon.
"In this cunningly paced fable about patience and standing one's ground, a little boy plants a carrot seed, weeds and waters the spot, and waits for something to happen. A parade of nay-sayers drop by to tell the boy, 'I'm afraid it won't come up.' The big moment is a stupendous surprise...the little hero's homegrown triumph." -- "Parenting"