Kindergarten Books > Too many carrots

Too many carrots

Text and illustrations: Katy Hudson / Publisher: Capstone Young Readers/ Hebrew edition By Tchelet

Distribution: September 2018

Rabbit enjoys collecting his favorite vegetable, so much so, that there’s no room in his den for him. To try and solve the problem, Tortoise offers to share his shell with Rabbit. Rabbit and his carrots squeeze into Tortoise’s shell, and Tortoise’s shell cracks. Now Tortoise and Rabbit both need a place to sleep, so they ask Bird. When all are stashed in Bird’s nest, the branch breaks. Ans so the story continues, until Rabbit feels so bad that he has made so many of his forest friends homeless, he invites everyone back to his den to stay and share his delicious cache of carrots. Children may empathize with Rabbit’s need to collect and keep his favorite things near him always. They perhaps also think a bit about sharing…

Family Activities

In our story, Rabbit loves carrots and is busy collecting them and moving them from one place to another, even if doing so causes damage to his friends’ homes. Does it remind us of someone who lives with us?


Dear Parents,

 Perhaps we will smile as we remember our little child who is busy collecting things, which may be their toys or various items from the house, and stacking them in bags and moving them from one place to another. Our child may also take some of the items on their walks. We may also remember how difficult it was for them to share their own things with their siblings, friends, or guests.

This is a normal developmental stage that all children go through, and it is important for us as parents to deal with it as well. We can support our child who has difficulty sharing their toys with their guests, for example, by talking to them about this difficulty. We can also make a deal with them in advance regarding the toys they don’t mind sharing with their guests. On the one hand, this conversation sends the child a message that we respect their desire and understand their effort to share. On the other hand, we encourage them to share their things with others, because it is one way to show them that we care.


Family Activities

  • Together, we can look at Rabbit’s home on the first pages of the book, and at its contents and details. Which features tell us about Rabbit’s love for carrots? We can read the titles of the books on the shelf and think of a title for a children’s story about carrots that Rabbit could add to his library.
  • Rabbit’s friends try to advise him not to bring all his carrots into their homes, but he does not listen to them. We can chat with our child about everyday situations that happen at home or in kindergarten, in which the child or a family member ignores the advice of others, and the consequences thereof. When does it help us to listen to the advice of others?
  • Although Rabbit destroyed his friends’ homes, they stayed with him and helped him. Did we go through a similar situation with our friends? How did they feel, and how did we feel?
  • We can chat with our child about things that we share as members of a family, and about other things that we do not like to share. We may want to talk to them about items that they can share with others, such as toys, books, etc.
  • The drawings in the book are full of posters. This is an occasion to chat with our child about the signs they frequently see in the streets, and to draw their attention to them while traveling.
  • Are there many carrots in our fridge? Rabbit may be able to help us by giving us suggestions for delicious food and drink recipes using carrots. Our child will enjoy joining us in making a nutritious carrot juice, or maybe a delicious carrot cake!
  • Enjoy your reading!

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