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Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Written by Demian Elaine Yumei
Illustrated by Nicole Tamarin
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Size: 8.5" x 11"
“A lot of not-a-tomato things are in these little yellow tomatoes,” marvels a young girl as she discovers the many aspects that make up her favorite garden treats. From her mother and father who plant and tend the tomatoes, to the worms and ladybugs who keep pests away, to the sun that shines and the rains that water the garden, growing anything is a collaborative effort. All of nature has an essential role, and without just one aspect, the little yellow tomatoes would not be.
Inspired by Zen teachings of interconnectedness and by author Demian Elaine Yumei’s own daughter’s love of this delicious vegetable, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes provides a wonderful introduction to both the circle of life and how plants grow. Nicole Tamarin’s realistic illustrations tenderly bring the garden to life on the page.
Winner of Skipping Stones Magazine’s Honor Award for Nature and Ecology, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes was also a finalist in the Best Children’s Book category for the Benjamin Franklin Award, the ForeWord Magazine Award, and the Independent Publishers Book Award.
About the Author
Demian Elainé Yumei, known professionally as DreamSinger, is also a singer, songwriter and activist, who has released an inspiring CD For the Sake of Love. She was inspired to write this unique story after recognizing the connection between her daughter's love for yellow pear tomatoes and the Zen teaching of interconnectedness. Demian lives in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, with her daughter Brhiannon.
About the Illustrator
Nicole Tamarin drew much of her inspiration for these exquisite illustrations from early memories of exploring her mother’s garden. She has long been intrigued by the structure and beauty of plants and flowers. Her first illustrations were in activity books and travel brochures created for trips with her little brother. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, Nicole lives with her daughter Sienna outside of Boston.
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