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Tomatoes, Gardening, and a Mystery in New Chapter Book with Favorite Character Nate the Great

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Can Quarters Be the Clue to Solving the Mystery of the Missing Tomatoes?

fun chapter book for young readers

fun chapter book for young readers

Favorite Character Nate the Great Has a New Mystery to Solve

Andrew Sharmat's favorite character Nate the Great is back with a new mystery to solve. Who took the tomatoes from Rosamond's garden? Rosamond enlists the help of Nate the Great who prides himself on being the greatest detective. Nate responds and when he gets to Rosamond's house, he finds her digging a moat to fill with fish and a possible crocodile to protect her her garden from thieves. Rosamond needs to find her missing tomatoes quickly in order to enter them in a contest. There are many great prizes to be won in the contest. Rosamond decides to sell her tomatoes in a new decision rather than enter them in the contest. There is a suspect in the case of the missing tomatoes, but Nate really doesn't think that this suspect took the tomatoes. A surprise ending finds the tomatoe thief. Quarters played a special part in finding the thief. Rosamond also surprises everyone with her new plans for her land that was formerly her garden.

Olga and Aleksey Ivanov contributed their talents as illustrators to Nate the Great and the Missing Tomatoes. The colorful and detailed illustrations are engaging as Nate collects clues to solve the mystery of the missing tomatoes.

Nate the Great and the Missing Tomatoes was published by Delacorte Press, a division of Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 8-12. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-18087-7.

Colorful and Detailed Illustrations Engage Young Readers

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Bring Nate the Great Into the Classroom for Engaging Reading Activities

Andrew Sharmat's new chapter book with favorite character Nate the Great is a fun choice for teachers who teach ages 8-12 in reading and language arts classes. Chapter books are popular with this age in that these books add to their interest in reading and provide them with a sense of accomplishment because of increased reading skills when graduating to chapter books.

*Assign Nate the Great and the Missing Tomatoes as a book to be read individually or as a class reading project to be read together. Students may practice their skills in reading aloud if they read a few chapters aloud each day to their peers.

*What is the first clue to solving the mystery that Nate discovered? Enlist ideas from students as to why this clue might be useful?

*Assign a creative writing project for students to write their ideas about the first clue and why they think that this clue might be important.

*Assign a creative writing project for students to write a story about what they think happened to the missing tomatoes.

*What is special about Esmeraldo's garden? Introduce the vocabulary word "organic" when it applies to fruits and vegetables. Bring in some organic fruits and vegetables for students to taste. What does Esmeraldo want to do with some of her vegetables? Why is this a good idea for the community?

*Have a tasting activity for students to taste both organic and non-organic tomatoes. Are they able to taste the difference between organic and non-organic tomatoes? Bring in a grocery receipt for the purchase of organic tomatoes and a purchase of non-organic tomatoes. Engage the students in a math activity to make a comparison between the prices.

*What helped Nate solve the mystery of the missing tomatoes?

*Engage students in a discussion of the decision that Rosamond made at the end of the story to use her land for a different purpose after her garden was destroyed.

*Assign a creative writing activity for students to write a different ending for the story.

*Provide a space at your school for students to plant organic vegetables. They may want to plant organic tomatoes to give to the local food bank in your community.

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