Friday, January 30, 2015

Cleo's Tomato Sandwich by Julia E. Antoine

Written and Illustrated by Julia E. Antoine
ENVISION Business and Computer Publishing
50 pages

Eleven year old Cleo loves tomato sandwiches more than anything else in the whole entire world. She loves tomato sandwich so much that she had been trying, ever since she was six, to grow her own tomato garden. Now, finally, at age eleven, Cleo is making one more effort to grow a tomato garden. Will she succeed? And if she does, will it be everything she’d hoped? Read Cleo’s journey, as she sets about fulfilling one of her long held dreams.


This is the only book I've read in the series, but I'll have to look into the others. Cleo is a sweet girl who loves tomatoes, and she's particular about it too. Unfortunately, keeping tomatoes at room temperature (as we learn in this book is the best way to hold them) also means they rot after a few days. But this eleven-year-old does something that will inspire young readers - she takes matters into her own hands and finds a solution.

Not only does this book help children realize that they can do things, but it gives them instructions during the story on how to grow tomatoes themselves. Cleo is a strong, smart character who isn't afraid to go after what she wants.

The illustrations are bright and enjoyable. The story moves along at a nice pace, and the information offered holds the readers interest in several ways. Although the plot itself is basic, it's told in a fun, loving way which kids are sure to enjoy.

I personally see kids ages 7+ enjoying this. And get ready parents because your kids is going to want to do some planting of their own when they're done.

You can find this on Amazon!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

This just reminded me of how much I like tomato sandwiches. :-) This sounds like a delightful book. I like anything that encourages children to get involved with plants and planting.