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LITTLE YELLOW PEAR TOMATOES

Author: Demian Elaine Yumei

Illustrator: Nicole Tamarin

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Publisher: Illumination Arts, ½ 2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Spend some time in the garden, as our young narrator tells us about all the things that are in her beloved fruit ... little yellow pear tomatoes. Sure, there's vitamins and minerals, but lots of other very special stuff, too! This is a picture book that celebrates all the things we overlook about our food ... unless we plant a garden.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: There were several times where we had to slow down so that our child could explore the illustrations. She loved finding the things that the words talked about, but also discovering the things that weren't!

Adult Reader Reaction: What a wonderful book. The story is fun, and the illustrations are enchanting. They work together seamlessly ... not too many words, not too busy pictures. We had fun exploring with our child, and we would make a game of finding things (like ladybugs) throughout the book.

Pros: Children will enjoy this simple story and phenomenal illustrations. Although it is fiction, there is an opportunity to learn about plants and how they grow.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Illumination Arts produces books of incredible quality, both substance and presentation. These are books children will explore over and over, even if you don't read a word!

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOO MANY MURKLES   RUBY LEE THE BUMBLE BEE; A BEE'S BIT OF WISDOM   I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK

Educational Themes: This is an excellent book for exploring. The story is strong, and the illustrations add layers that encourage kids to enjoy reading.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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