Thursday, August 5, 2010
I was recently contacted by the author if this cute little children's book called "Tomato Turtle." What I didn't realize until I did a bit more research was the fact that the author of this book was a 14 year old young man named Thomas Strock. I was so impressed by his tenacity, determination and passion for reading and writing. Of course the fact that it was a children's book earned him extra points in my book.
I couldn't turn down his offer to read and review his book and I'm so glad that I did. This book is perfect for children of all ages. It especially resonated with my 6 year old because he's at a stage in his life where he loves doing his own thing but also loves keeping up with his older brother.
Tomato Turtle is a quick read about a turtle who loves his life as a turtle but is very curious to see what it's like to play like a regular boy or girl so he decides that he'll start playing and behaving like regular children only to find that he misses doing regular turtle things. So instead of choosing which things he liked better, he decides to blend the two worlds which makes him very happy.
The message Thomas provides his readers is that it's ok to be different and it's ok to want to fit in with the "norm" but it's very important and sometimes it works out better when we accept ourselves just the way we are and not try to fit in with others.
Such a poignant and sweet message told in such a cute and quirky way.
Kudos to Thomas for finding his passion in life and following through with it. He's such an inspiration. Funny story - I told my children how old he was and they both said they wanted to draw and write their own books without me asking them if they wanted to. Two days later they totally forgot that they said that but I thought it was cute that they were inclined to follow in Thomas's footsteps.
Check out Thomas's Tomato Turtle's website for more info on this great children's book.
Now that you know what the book's all about here the deal... I got an extra copy for anyone who wants it. Just leave me a comment and I'll choose a random winner and send you a copy. That's it. No trick questions or anything. ;)
It's a really great book I'm sure your kids will love.