Too Many Carrots is a great children’s book written and illustrated by Katy Hudson. Too Many Carrots is published by Capstone Publishers. It’s a rather new release, as it just came out February 1st of this year. It is 32 pages long and recommended for ages 3-5.
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Summary of Too Many Carrots –
Rabbit loves carrots. Maybe a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer to help thats just asking for trouble. TOO much trouble! This charming and lovingly illustrated picture book shows how friendships get us over the rough spots in life, even if the going gets a little bumpy!
Too Many Carrots has a valuable lesson learned in it!
While some have said it’s a book about sharing, and this summary claims it’s a book about friendship. Others have seen this book in an adult prospective, Rabbit is a hoarder to them. Me, I see it as a book about friendship, love, and respect.
I read the book a few times to myself to see what conclusions I drew from it. (I intend on this being an Easter gift in my daughter’s basket, so she hasn’t seen it yet.) Rabbit does love his carrots. Very much. Apparently, throughout the book, he shows he loves them, more than his friends. After filling his home and over-crowding it, he needs a place to stay. Each friend offers their home, but Rabbit keeps insisting some of his carrots come with him. After crashing and destroying each animal’s home, he ultimately has the realization that his friends have cared for him the entire time. They offered their homes, gave up their space and paid the ultimate price. Now he has to care for them, more than his carrots. He clears his house of the carrots, so there’s room for his friends and shares his carrots.
I can’t say this is a book about sharing. He never refused to share the carrots, just refused to live without them. He did insist on bringing his carrots everywhere, even when told there may not be enough room. This shows a lot of selfishness on Rabbit’s half and the need to learn to care about others. I saw a lot of love for Rabbit throughout and strong examples of what a friend should be. I’m happy Rabbit decided to be a good friend at the end as well and I believe, he may have learned a little bit about respect for others’ homes.
Overall, a great book. I cannot wait to give it to my daughter. Although Rabbit may be a hoarder to some adults, to me he’s a greedy Rabbit who learns to be selfless. Awesome lesson learned from Katy Hudson.
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