I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato


Written By: Lauren Child


Before Reading

Explore Illustrations and Text:

Take a moment to look over the cover and illustrations throughout the book with your child. Encourage him/her to make predictions about the story by asking questions such as:

What do you think will happen in this story?

Who are the little boy and girl?

{Flip to a certain page} What do you think is happening in this picture?

Lola doesn’t like to eat her vegetables. How do you think Charlie will convince her to eat them?

Feeding a picky eater can be a tough task but this charming story illustrates how an older brother uses his imagination to get his sister eating vegetables that she once refused to eat. Ask your child about foods that s/he doesn’t like by asking, “Do you like to eat vegetables? Why or why not? Can you think of a food that you don’t like to eat? Why don’t you like it? What do you love to eat? Why do you love eating it? Are there any foods you think you will never, not ever eat?”


As You Read

To keep your child engaged in your read-through, ask him/her to help you as you go along. For example, when you get to the part of the story when Lola lists all of the things that she does not eat,  ask your child to help you read all of the foods that are listed. For little ones that aren’t yet reading independently, have them guess the food based on the illustrations or say the food with an emphasis on the first sound (ex. t-t-tomato).

Vocabulary Building:

Help build your child’s vocabulary by stopping your read-through when s/he comes across a word that is unfamiliar. Allow him/her to discover the meaning of a word using the words and illustrations surrounding it. Examples of new words in I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato include:

1. FUSSY

2. RARE

3. GOBBLING (This is a fun one to act out!)

Making Connections:

Connecting events in this book to your child’s experiences is a great way to make the story more relate-able and enjoyable for your child. You can do so by asking if a part of the story reminds him/her of anything that they have experienced. For example, when Charlie tells Lola that the carrots are actually orange twiglets from Jupiter, ask your child, “Can you think of a time when you imagined an object or place was actually something else?” A good example to give your child is if s/he has ever imagined that the floor to be a race track that s/he used it to race toy cars.


After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

To ensure comprehension, ask your child these questions about the story you have just read:

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

What were some foods that Lola didn’t like to eat?

How did Charlie get her to eat the vegetables?

Why do you think that Lola wanted to eat the tomatoes at the end of the story?

Do you want to try the green drops, orange twiglets or cloud fluff? Why or why not?


Activity: Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Adapted from The Nourishing Home

Supplies: Assorted fresh fruits and berries (whatever fruits your child likes will do), raw milk cheese (or any wholesome cheese you love), 1-1 ½  inch cookie cutters, and wooden skewers

Turns out that kiddos love to eat most anything on a stick! Check out this fun activity that also inspires healthy eating.

  1. Let your child use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of your cheese as you cut the fruit into thick pieces.
  2. Once you have cut the fruits and cheese for your kabobs, come up with fun and silly names for each one like Charlie did in the story. Decide where each yummy snack came from and how you found them. For example, if you cut your cheese into star shapes, you can call them Moon Stars! These stars may have fallen from the moon (which is, of course, made of cheese) and landed in your front yard.
  3. Have him/her create a colorful pattern by alternating between the different fruits and cheese pieces on the skewers. Be sure to snip of the pointed end of the skewer with a pair of kitchen shears.
  4. Place them in a flat storage container and chill overnight (or until snack time).

This simple and fun activity is a great way to let your child enjoy making and eating healthy snacks! You can even serve it as a light lunch with whole grain crackers and nitrate-free turkey slices.

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