Laughing Tomatoes and other Spring Poems - Jitomates Risueños y otros poemas de primavera

Laughing Tomatoes

Written by Francisco Alarcón
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 1997 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“Maya Christina Gonzalez has created delightfully upbeat and innovative artwork to accompany the text—so bountiful it feels as if it’s spilling off the pages. Her sense of joy is immediately contagious and the paintings, upon repeated gazing, offer more and more to look at.” – Hungry Mind Review

From the imagination of poet Francisco X. Alarcón comes Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems, a playful and moving collection of twenty poems in English and Spanish.

Tomatoes laugh, chiles explode, and tortillas applaud the sun! With joy and tenderness, delight and sadness, Alcarcón’s poems honor the wonders of life and nature: welcoming the morning sun, remembering his grandmother’s songs, paying tribute to children working in the fields, and sharing his dream of a world filled with gardens.

Artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invites us to experience the poems with her lively cast of characters—including a spirited grandma, four vivacious children, and playful pets who tease and delight. Follow them from page to page as they bring each poem to colorful life.

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems is a verbal and visual treat, giving us twenty opportunities to see everything for the first time.

Medium: Watercolor


  • Pura Belpré Honor Award
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Medal Award
  • Riverbank Review “Children’s Books of Distinction” Finalist


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