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Tino and the Pomodori explores, through the eyes of a child, the magic that is the life cycle of a tomato plant. Tino takes the reader on a journey starting in the piazza of his small village in Italy, to his farm where he learns to work the land. He explains how the tomato starts as a seed drying in the sun and grows to be, la bella frutta - the beautiful fruit, that woulTino and the Pomodori explores, through the eyes of a child, the magic that is the life cycle of a tomato plant. Tino takes the reader on a journey starting in the piazza of his small village in Italy, to his farm where he learns to work the land. He explains how the tomato starts as a seed drying in the sun and grows to be, la bella frutta - the beautiful fruit, that would eventually make the family’s sauce and bruschetta to go with Nonna’s thick, hard-crusted bread. Visually engaging with vibrant watercolor illustrations, Tino and the Pomodori, celebrates simplicity and the beauty of growing, harvesting, and preparing one's own food....

Title : Tino and the Pomodori
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ISBN : 9780982102305
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 56 Pages
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Tino and the Pomodori Reviews

  • Angelisa Russo
    2019-05-07 04:10

    A beautiful children's book celebrating the cycle of a tomato plant told through the eyes of a little boy, Tino. This book has all the elements I search for in books for my children - celebrating nature and the magic found in simplicity; grounded in an Italian culture, history, and language. You don't need to be Italian to enjoy this, but it is wonderful for Italian families to be able to read a book to their children with Italian words interspersed with English ones. A sweet tale that will become a classic for your family guaranteed!

  • Bananna Vegano
    2019-04-28 09:06

    A wonderful tale of a little boy and his grandparents tending their pomodori. Steeped in Italian culture you can feel the sunshine and taste the luscious tomatoes, fresh bread and oodles of olive oil. The occasional Italian phrase is a lovely introduction to the beauty of the Italian language and my three year old was pronouncing the words perfectly. The English translation appears with the Italian phrase so we learned what it meant. As soon as we were finished he asked if we could read it again! Perfetto - Perfect!

  • Laura Collins
    2019-05-06 10:02

    Beautiful, sweet story of a young Italian boy working with his Nonno and learning about the life cycle of a tomato. The colorful illustrations take you to Tino's village, through his Nonna's kitchen, and past landmarks that a child would treasure, to Nonno's garden. This is a book I look forward to reading to my grandkids someday.

  • Patrick Scattergood
    2019-05-08 03:15

    After reading Wrestling With the Devil, a memoir written with Antonio Russo, I was excited to find out she'd written another book.This time it is in the shape of 'Tino and the Pomodori'.While you may think that the story of a boy learning about the life cycle of a tomato may not make an interesting story for a kids book, this one will definitely change your mind.The beautiful story and gorgeous artwork really makes the Italian Culture and love that both the writer and the artist have fly off of the page. It also helps to bring forward the beautiful story and bring it to life.For the full review by all means stop by the Curiosity of a Social Misfit site.http://curiosityofasocialmisfit.blogs...

  • Cristina
    2019-05-04 08:05

    Adorable story of a young boy and his Nonni growing tomatoes in Italy. The illustrations give it an appropriately 'rustic' feel, and it has just enough Italian words with translation to interest a child in learning more. Bellissimo!

  • Italo Italophiles
    2019-05-12 08:07

    Intelligently thought out, Tino and the Pomodori (Tomatoes), a children's book, begins with six illustrations depicting how a tomato seed becomes a seedling, then a plant, then a flowering plant, then the plant growing the tomatoes, and lastly, a crate of harvested tomatoes. The child gets an overview of what he is about to learn, showing that the author and illustrator are experienced educators!"The sun woke Tino early this beautiful morning in his small Italian village."The first line of the book introduces Tino, a young boy who lives in Italy. I like that Italy's most famous produce is linked in a child's mind to the country. Tomatoes come originally from Latin America, but no other country has made tomatoes their national produce the way Italy has, using it to make the famous pasta sauce and so much more.The era depicted in Italy seems from a generation ago, or perhaps from today in some areas of southern Italy. We learn in a Note To Reader at the end of the book that the story of Tino is true, and is about the childhood of a grown man (the author's father). The Note is accompanied by a lovely map featuring the sort of landmarks a child would note.Italian phrases and words are integrated into the book's text, presenting a child with the concept of another country having another language. The language is easy to understand, with translations incorporated into the text. This book is ideal for starting a child off learning Italian, or for continuing a child's study of Italian as a second language. A Glossary of Italian Terms used in the book is provided at the back of the book.The full-page watercolor illustrations, by illustrator Britta Nicholson, are rich with authentic details characteristic of the Italian countryside, and of the basic houses and their contents. The plants mentioned are correctly depicted, and correct for each time of year. The art style is naïve, simple and clear, colorful and endearing.Children can be prompted to spot different details in the illustrations, with each subsequent reading of the story: the views from the open windows and doors, the cured meats drying overhead, basic cooking ingredients like flour (farina) and olive oil (olio d'oliva), the time on a clock.The text, together with the illustrations in Tino and the Pomodori, which I received as a review-copy, teaches children about the full growth cycle and the necessary care of tomato plants. There is even a description of how the seeds are harvested from the tomatoes for the following year. Today's urban children are too often disconnected from the sources of their food. Tino and the Pomodori goes a long way to correcting that lack of education. The text and illustrations in Tino and the Pomodori complement each other perfectly. The basic, practical Italian words are effortlessly integrated into the story. Tino and the Pomodori is the perfect book to broaden a child's education, and to start a child off on learning the Italian language. It is 56 pages long, and available in hardback, to better withstand the multiple readings.Please visit my Italophile Book Reviews site for the full, illustrated review:http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot...

  • Monika
    2019-05-02 05:54

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall:I was excited to have the opportunity to preview Tino and the Pomodori, an upcoming children's title from Gemelli Press. In this picture book, Tonya Russo Hamilton tells the story of her father as a young boy in Italy, anticipating his favorite time of the year: the tomato (pomodori) harvest.This book has everything I look for in a great children's title, and some of you may remember from last year's Armchair BEA... I'm terribly picky. The watercolor illustrations are stunning and keep the reader's attention. The story is simple, sweet, and reads easily. Children will pick up Italian words and phrases, learn about Italian culture, and have a subtle science lesson in the life cycle of the tomato plant. Charlotte Mason would have certainly approved of this as a "living science" book.My daughter C, who is almost 5, connected with the story right away. She made me pause a few pages in to get her a snack of fresh tomatoes (thankfully we had some in the fridge!), which she happily ate during the rest of the book. She loved that Tino has a nonno (Italian for grandfather) because that's what she calls my father, and it's not a word she hears often. She also fell in love with Giuseppe, the family's beautiful black horse.There is a healthy dose of Italian language in Tino and the Pomodori. The switches between English and Italian occur naturally, translations are obvious. There's a glossary of terms in the back just in case, though I felt a pronunciation guide for anyone who might need it would have been helpful, too. C is used to her books being in either English or Italian, not both. I was surprised by how excited she was to hear both languages in one book - she actually commented on that.I especially appreciated the focus on Italy's traditional food culture of eating fresh, local ingredients prepared simply. I was reminded of walking through my neighbors' fields as a kid and enjoying with them a late, leisurely meal of similar foods.I'm not sure how much longer the picture book stage will last, but Tino and the Pomodori is going to have a place on our shelf.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • OutlawPoet
    2019-05-14 03:53

    Bellissimo!This is a lovely little book that captures the beauty of Italy, Italian culture, language and food.While the resident six-year-old, has not yet been to Italy, she's been blessed (cursed) with a mother who is in love with Italy. She's grown up hearing about the beautiful country and its people, and has been learning bits and pieces of the language all her life.However, even for a child with no exposure to Italy, this book is perfect.The illustrations fully demonstrate the beauty of Italy. They are simply gorgeous and made me a bit wistful for the apartment I lived in when I was in Sicily. The bits of language sprinkled throughout the book are easy to understand (glossary in the back, but really not needed as most is explained wonderfully in context), the book is chock full of food and culture!Reading Tino and the Pomodori was like taking a mini Italian vacation.*ARC provided by NetGalley for review purposes.

  • Katie Ryan
    2019-04-28 09:10

    This beautiful children's book made me feel like I was back in Italy! The story depicts the authentic investment Italians have for good food, as well as the importance of generational parenting. My 5 1/2 year old boys loved learning new words in Italian, and connected to the simple elegance of the storyline. This is a keeper! Bellissima!

  • Matthew
    2019-05-02 03:06

    As a science teacher I feel this is exactly the kind of book children should be exposed to in their early years. The straight forward and uncomplicated explanation of the life cycle of a plant as seen through the eyes of a child is a perfect introduction for children in the primary grades. Children are naturally curious about seeds and gardens and how things grow. And what child can't relate to wanting to pick something before it is quite ready, just like Tino wants to pick that first red tomato. This book also exposes children to Italian culture and language and teaches that something as simple as a tomato can be an important part of the livelihood for an entire family. The illustrations, done in a rustic style fit the story perfectly and portray an Italy of days past. Share this book with your child and then enjoy a slice of pizza or a dish of pasta with tomato sauce!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-08 05:09

    Tino and the Pomodori is a fun story about growing your own tomatoes through the eyes of a child! Set in Italy, this story is a great way to look at Italian culture. There are also some Italian words and phrases throughout the book to begin to introduce a different language. Most of all, Tino gives readers a sense of pride about growing his own food. With hard work and dedication Tino helps his Nonno grow enough tomatoes to last until next spring. Colorful and true-to-life illustrations will also help kids lean about the growth of the tomato plant. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Joanne Lewis
    2019-05-03 05:05

    This is a delightful story of a young Italian boy who eagerly awaits the day when he can plant tomatoes with his nonno.With beautifully drawn illustrations and a perfect smattering of Italian words and phrases, this is a charming book for young children. The picturesque setting of the Italian countryside along with plentiful references to the traditions of family and culture certainly add to the charm of the story and are the perfect backdrop to the main focus of the tale, which explains the life cycle of the tomato plant.Bellissima!With thanks to the author for a copy to review via NetGalley.

  • Andréa
    2019-04-29 03:19

    I like the idea of teaching kids about "the life cycle of a tomato plant." But Tino and the Pomodori didn't cover as much of the actual details of a tomato plant's life cycle as I was hoping. However, what most affected my rating are the artwork and one particularly cumbersome sentence. On the very first page of the story is this sentence: "He was excited to start the day because last night while roasting chestnuts, Nonno told him that tomorrow they would plant their most precious plants that grow their most beautiful sweet fruit, i pomodori – the tomatoes." That sentence is just longer and more complicated than necessary, and it got me off to a bad start with the story. As for the artwork, the illustration style is not to my taste -- it's rustic and along the lines of "naïve art." I prefer more polished illustrations.Note: I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley.

  • Ashley M
    2019-05-18 04:15

    *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*I think that I would have really enjoyed this story. However, it had too much Italian throughout the story which was distracting from the story itself. Even though it had translations for the Italian as the story went along, it did not help. I did like the illustrations though. They were great. I think they will also add to those who will enjoy the story. I think some children, maybe more would like this book, but I believe it might be helpful to be read by an adult for most children because of the Italian words.

  • Amy Nicolai
    2019-05-15 09:06

    Dolce, semplice e affetuoso...Sweet, simple story that brings back memories of growing up that I never had. I think this book would be a favorite for both young children and their parents (and grandparents). The illustrations were perfectly fit to the story, sweet and simple and warm. The incidental use of Italian was not intrusive and it seemed easy to understand. The only thing I marked down for is the formatting for the Kindle, which really doesn't work. This book should be read in print.

  • Tonya Hamilton
    2019-04-22 04:00