"I noticed that children do not know where tomatoes are coming from. They know that you can buy them in the store, but they do not know what happens before." That's why Marleen Bommelijn, working at the Dutch educational centre Voorlichtings- en Opleidingscentrum voor Glastuinbouw in Westdorpe presented her children's book 'Dwarrel neemt een kijkje in de tomatenkas’ (Dwarrel peaks in a tomato greenhouse).
Marleen with mayor Lonink van Terneuzen (right) and alderman Verwaet (left). Photo: Westdorpe, the warmest village of the Netherlands
Marleen has been working for a year at the educational centre in Westdorpe and she likes the job very much. She liked it so much, she was inspired to write her second children's book.
Marleen, who wrote a children's book before about the tree leaf Dwarrel, decided that Dwarrel should be blown into a new adventure by Woehoe the Wind. Dwarrel ends up in a tomato greenhouse, where he meets Hommelie de Hommel - a bumblebee.
Marleen: "In a playful way I show what is happening in a greenhouse." Not just the story, but the pictures are also done by her. "The shop, the trolleys, I drew them all."
The book 'Dwarrel neemt een kijkje in de tomatenkas' (ISBN 978-94-638-9608-5) can be ordered online with publisher Boekscout, or can be found at Matilda’s Boek in Sas van Gent, book store Van de Sande in Terneuzen and of course in the shop of the Voorlichtings- en Opleidingscentrum voor Glastuinbouw in Westdorpe.
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4554 LK Westdorpe