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Tomatoes and Kids

Feb 24, 2011

I’ve been working on a writing project with some grade 3 and grade 4 schoolchildren. They are predominantly Italian, and they chose to write about something dear to their hearts: tomatoes. The Blue Metropolis Literary Festival will be publishing a book collecting their writing. It is so fun and inspiring to be part of this. Here are some examples of their work.

Sofia Achkar submitted a piece entitled “The Juicy Tomatoes”
I like tomatoes because they taste delicious and the little cherry tomatoes are so juicy. They splash everywhere like on your clothes, your skin and on your hair. And their smell is amazing.

Julian Venuto chose to express the reason why he loves tomatoes in a one-line simile:
Tomatoes are as good as homemade meat sauce.

And their haikus are all so magical:

Beautiful plants
With little red tomatoes
And a splash of dew
-Sabina Domenicano

On a warm sunny day
The water dripped off the plant
The tomato plant
-Brandon Pio Lévesque

Growing peacefully
In the garden it stays and
Rests quietly
-Alexia Pasquariello

A tomato plant
Is an ordinary plant
When it starts to grow
-Luca Gammieri