The Tale of Tom the Tomato tells the tale of a tomato on a quest for acceptance in an apple-world!
One day Tom finds himself alone in a bowl full of apples and at once feels out of place. Tom does not understand why he is treated like a 'broken apple' rather than being accepted as a 'whole' tomato. Tom struggles with being rejected and feeling unwanted and when the 'Tomato expert' (an apple) starts talking about 'vegetable spectrum disorder' and a 'cure', Tom starts to wonder if there is something wrong with him after all... However, Tom explains that a tomato is still a fruit even if others don't accept this and ultimately tomatoness can be an asset in an apple world...
The Tale of Tom the Tomato promotes acceptance and highlights how it feels to be a tomato in a world of apples! Tom the Tomato was originally written for autistic children aged 7-12 but the book is suitable for all children. The story is most suited for those who may feel different or as though they don't fit in and the book aims to help children feel understood and think, 'hey, someone else feels like me... maybe I'm not as alone after all!'
I was bullied as a child, diagnosed with Asperger's in 2012 at the age of 22 and graduated with a Psychology degree from the University of Aberdeen in the same year. The story was inspired by personal experience and has been handwritten and illustrated using watercolour. Inverness Charity, For The Right Reasons published the book in 2021.
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