Tomatoes in My Lunchbox

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tomatoes in my lunchbox

A moving picture book from a debut author about the first day of school, layered with themes about the immigrant experience and the universal experience of feeling out of place. A child, newly arrived in another country, feels displaced, lonely, and a little scared on her first day of school. Her name doesn't sound the way she's used to hearing it. She knows she doesn't fit in. And when she eats her whole tomato for lunch, she can feel her classmates observing her―and not quite understanding her.

But sometimes all it takes is one friend, one connection, to bring two worlds together, and gradually the girl, her tomato, and her full name, start to feel at home with her new friends and community.

This emotionally sweeping debut picture book by Costantia Manoli, with vibrant art by Magdalena Mora, artfully captures feelings of displacement and the joy that comes from forging new friendships.---from the publisher

32 pages                                        978-1250763129                                            Ages 5-9

Keywords:  first day of school, immigrant, accepting others, being different, understanding others, diversity, diverse books, friends, friendship, belonging, fitting in, Social Emotional Learning SEL, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old

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