As with fungi, the bear corn’s seeds disperse easily, and can stay dormant-but-viable in the soil for about 10 years. This gives them the best chance possible to accomplish what seems like an impossible task. The tiny seeds have almost no energy reserves, and no means of producing food for themselves (that would require chlorophyll). If a seed is to succeed, it must find food immediately upon germinating, or die. The food it seeks is sugar stolen from an oak tree.
“Carrots are the most difficult to get to germinate,” said Halvorson. “The tiny seeds don’t like to dry out and they like it dark. And, they are hard to see.”
The Tiny Seed
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Carried aloft by the autumn wind, the tiny seed, along with other bigger seeds, travels far over the world. the journey is perilous: one of the bigger seeds is burned by the sun; another falls into the ocean; still another is eaten by a bird. Even after those that are left have landed on fertile ground and begun to grow, danger is near: one small plant is stepped on; one little flower is picked; but the tiny seed keeps growing almost unnoticed. Young readers will cheer at the happy outcome of this exciting tale. And they will long remember the heartening message of the tiny seed's steadfast perserverance in the face of many hazards and obstacles until its final joyful success.
Bringing nature to life, offering stories that are heartwarming and educational, is what Eric Carle does best. The Tiny Seed is no exception to his record of award winning books. With more to offer than your average children’s story, this is one book that you will enjoy with your children, over and over again. Though it is written for kids ages four to eight, it will be loved by young and old alike.