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First Tomato: Voyage to the Bunny Planet Book Hardcover – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Voyage to the Bunny Planet
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803711751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803711754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favorite young childrens books.
NBue
This is a great book for reading to your child and for teaching your child to read.
Patricia A Baker
I've read it so many nights in a row, often more than once before bed.
milybu

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Of the three Bunny Planet books, this one is definitely the hands-down favorite for both me and my daughter, who is not yet 2-1/2. I love the way the text changes from normal speech to lilting rhythms after Queen Janet shows Claire "the day that should have been." The phrase "because I love you so" quickly became a part of my toddler's speech as well as my own.
I'd like to add that the 4-8 age range suggestion is too restrictive--this is a picture book that toddlers AND their parents will thoroughly appreciate. Let's face it, we ALL deserve a visit to the Bunny Planet!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In our family, First Tomato is a favorite. For my daughter, who is named Claire, the book was a thrill as a 3-year-old. She was sure it was written about her! For my son, the book captured the frustrations of a kid in school who has everything go bad. For my husband and myself, "bunny planet" is our secret phrase for where we want to go when life with the business gets tough. Wells is a wonderful and magical author. You must read everyone of her books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I love reading First Tomato to my kids during the long cold days of winter. Rosemary Wells does a beautiful job of describing the sensations experienced in a summer garden and gives us hope that summer isn't too far away. She inspired me to plant beans and tomatoes in my garden last summer and I plan on doing so again this year! But, most of all, I love the theme of motherly love played out when mama bunny uses the first tomato of the season to make a special soup for her beloved daughter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We have the three-pack set of Voyage to the Bunny Planet. First Tomato is my 3 year old daughter's favorite story. We read it last night, and she had to have tomato soup for lunch today. But after she had looked at the bowl for a minute she said, "But mom, you forgot to say you love me so!" So I had to say, "I've made you first tomato soup because I love you so." That made it perfect. Every parent and child will love the cozy, comforting stories that rescue the characters from their realistic, very ordinary bad days. They are a joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As a second grader, I know what long math classes and gross lunches are like.
I like to day dream just like Claire.

I also enjoy my mother's first tomato soup.

I recommend this book to anyone, young or old.
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Format: Hardcover
I have fond memories of my younger brother and I being read the Rosemary Wells "Max and Ruby" series as children. Fittingly, as the big sister I always identified with Ruby while my younger brother was quick to defend little Max. In "First Tomato" I found another warm story featuring my favorite animal, bunnies, and whose main character shared my name. The charming nature of these books provides a comforting story sharing experience without sliding into the saccharine or minimizing the experiences of children. Returning to this book as a college student not only brings back fond memories, but is also a testament to the book's ability to connect with a reader of any age who has ever experienced a bad day. Children, parents, and the young at heart will be delighted by the notion of an escape to their own Bunny Planet, where mother is waiting with homemade soup in the summer air and one can overcome life's daily challenges.
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By milybu on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is currently my 3 year old's favorite book to read at bedtime. I've read it so many nights in a row, often more than once before bed. We love the story and the pictures alike! My daughter always comments about each page. "Oh no!" about Claire's cereal falling on the floor and her cold wet shoes. And she always says "no, not yucky!" about the baloney sandwich. Though she has never had baloney, lol! We read this book so much that tonight my daughter read the book to me word for word from her memory! It was a wonderful moment for me that I will cherish forever. I can't give higher praise than that!
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter is nearly 4 and we just discovered this wonderful book. The pictures perfectly convey the emotions of Claire, a young bunny who has been having a terrible day, and the language is simple enough for my daughter to understand, but sophisticated enough for an adult to enjoy reading it. It's just charming, and it makes me laugh, too! Don't miss the quote from Benjamin Franklin nearly hidden among the information on the copyright page.
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More About the Author

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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