Themes: Interconnectedness, connection, circle of life
Review by Janet Boyer on amazon.com:
“Everyone and everything-my daddy, my mommy, bugs and worms, clouds and sky, lakes and rivers, the sun and stars-are parts of the tomato you cannot see. Take away any one, and the little yellow pear tomatoes in my garden could not be.” -from the book
Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes is a delightful 32-page book by Demian Elaine Yumei examining the universal circle of life through the innocent eyes of a young girl. Inspired by the author’s youngest daughter (who really *does* love pear tomatoes)-as well as the Zen teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh-the little girl in the story marvels at all the energy and collaboration it takes to grow the tomatoes. From the earthworms who aerate the soil with their tunnels to her Mommy who weeds the garden, there are a lot of not-a-tomato things that are in little yellow pear tomatoes!
Filled with lush, vibrant illustrations by first time Mom Nicole Tamarin, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes follows the contemplations of a little girl who see that everyone and everything brings something essential to the fruits she loves so much. Because many things contribute to the growing of the tomatoes-her Daddy who plants them, the sun which grants energy, the lakes, rivers and oceans that supply the clouds with water, and even the hearts of stars-all things are inside every little pear tomato.
Imbued with exquisite artwork and the gentle message of interconnectedness, Little Pear Tomatoes is a fitting book for such troubled times. Ever since we’ve gotten this book, my son has asked me to read it to him every night before bed. Interestingly, this month’s picture on my kitchen calendar features tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colors, so I was able to show my son pictures of actual yellow pear tomatoes. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of-or seen-these types of tomatoes until reading this book!
While the Amazon recommendation says that this book is geared towards babies and preschoolers, the words are advanced enough to challenge the reading skills of 7-8 year olds in my opinion. This is no mere picture book
We are a people at the full height of our power. This is the place, and now is the hour.
We recognize our sacred worth. We have the power to transform the earth.
Singer, songwriter Shawna Carol died peacefully in her sleep midday on Monday Oct. 14th (2019) at her home in Hawaii. Shawna struggled with Parkinson’s disease for the past two decades, tended by her loving husband Tom, and now she is free. After she was lovingly washed and anointed by those closest to her and a 24 hour vigil ensued, during which many of her community came to pay their respects, Shawna’s body was cremated.
Those who knew and worked with Shawna know what a talented, loving, and mystical woman she was. A dedicated Priestess of the Goddess, Shawna has gifted us with a legacy of gorgeous devotional chants and music, including Goddess Chant, a ritual theatre piece that has been performed twice at Women of Wisdom, Hawaii, and in Glastonbury, England. A prolific songwriter with a honeyed voice, she also recorded some kick-ass rock and roll and pop music. At the time of her death, she was mid-project in having more of her unpublished songs recorded for a CD called Last Writes. If you wish to honor Shawna’s memory, you can do so by donating to this project here: Last Writes CD
We love and thank you, Shawna, for the your gifts of love and music. We will honor you on Ancestor altars and hold you in our grieving hearts.