小番茄 in English

A little tomato was young and green
His friends all had a bright red sheen

Every day, he looked in the mirror
Dreamed of growing red and bigger

He wracked his brain, tried lots of things
And hoped to see change happening

Drank some water, stretched lots too
Sunbathed all day and slept till noon

But nothing seemed to work at all
“Aiyaya!” he yelled and bawled

He alarmed a pepper, who was nearby
“What’s going on, why the loud cry?”

Our tomato hid his sorry face
“How rude of me to shout at your place.”

His blush became a bright red hue
And just like that his dream came true!

The rest of him was set ablaze
And sparkled like his ruby face

He rushed to cheer his green friends on
“Fast or slow, your time will come!”

© 2021 The Bund Books

Vocabulary

番茄 (fān qié) - tomato
脸蛋 (liǎn dàn) - face
伙伴 (huǒ bàn) - buddy
装扮 (zhuāng bàn) - to be dressed as
镜子 (jìng zi) - mirror
盼着 (pànzhe) - look forward to
动脑筋 (dòng nǎo jīn) - use one's brain
办法 (bàn fǎ) - idea, method
伸伸腰 (shēn shēn yāo) - stretch
晒太阳 (shài tàiyáng) - sunbathe
没见效 (méi jiànxiào) - did not work
惊动 (jīngdòng) - alarm
大呼小叫 (dà hū xiǎo jiào) - yelling
脸掩 (liǎn yǎn) - cover face
抱歉 (bàoqiàn) - sorry
害羞 (hàixiū) - shy
梦 (mèng) - dream
红彤彤 (hóngtōngtóng) - bright red
隔壁 (gébì) - nearby