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That's Why We Don't Eat Animals

By Ruby Roth

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Format: Hardback, 48 pages
Other Information: Four Colour Illustration Throughout
Published In: USA, 01 June 2009

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"This is a powerful and important book. Farm animals have emotions similar to our pets and this is conveyed in Roth's enchanting illustrations. It will make children—and their parents—think. But it will not lead to nightmares, rather respect and compassion for the creatures whose wellbeing is in our hands."
—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"A refreshing, sympathetic, and attractive book that children are smart enough to understand, embrace and grow up a little by reading."
—Ingrid Newkirk, founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

"Ruby Roth has done us all a great service. If your children are vegetarians, or have friends who are, or are simply interested in why people might be vegetarians, this is the book for them!"
—John Robbins, bestselling author of The Food Revolution, Diet For A New America

"Where adults are more firmly entrenched in their ways, children need only the slightest insights and guidance, and off they soar into the direction of a more conscious and kind way of living. This book will help to create the much needed healers and leaders of tomorrow. "
—Kathy Freston, NY Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness

This book is a must-have for anyone who loves animals."
—Alicia Silverstone, actress, animal-rights activist

—Ed Begley, actor, activist

"Stunning artwork, meaningful content, and a message that will inspire-this book is a must-read for every child. "
—Rory Freedman, NY Times bestselling author of Skinny Bitch

"Roth beautifully illustrates why we all love animals when we get the chance to experience their families and personalities. "
—David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System, founder of SunFood

"This book captures the imagination with its illustrations that subtly helps children understand the ancient teachings that animals have souls. Animals are our friends and we do not eat our friends. In this understanding it helps us create a more compassionate world. "
—Gabriel Cousens, M.D. author of Conscious Eating, and Spiritual Nutrition

"Declaring that 'All animals deserve the care and protection we give our pets,' newcomer Roth takes the vegetarian/vegan cause to young readers. Highly stylized illustrations against white backdrops depict angular caricatures of farm animals. Concluding with a list of tips for action around vegetarian/vegan ideals, this book is sure to raise awareness and questions."
—Publishers Weekly

"A courageous stab at a serious topic inherently hinted at through the anthropomorphizing of animals so prevalent in children's books. By contrasting animal behaviour in the wild with that of their counterparts in farms or factories, Roth makes a stark case that by harvesting sentient beings we are stripping them of their rights and natural desires. Inevitably this will book incense those on the other side of the issue but there is much to be learned here (about animal behaviour if nothing else). A unique effort that is to be applauded."

"This book successfully tackles the tough subject [of veganism] with grace and clarity. This is a great addition to any compassionate kid's library and will make a wonderful gift for any parents in your life who want to talk to their kids about animals but need a little help getting started."
—PETA Living

"That's Why We Don't Eat Animals succeeds in raising awareness about where our food comes from and how our food choices affect other creatures and the environment. Roth touches on the conditions animals raised on factory farms endure…but she doesn't get overly graphic…That's Why We Don't Eat Animals nicely connected the dots between how humans treat animals and the impact our species has on the planet as a whole, with the basic premise being that a more enlightened attitude toward our food sources (of course, ideally that would mean becoming vegetarian) translates into a healthier planet."

"Turkeys dance and grieve together; they blush and fly to the treetops when the moon comes out. In factory farms they have no freedom and are made too fat to fly."

"The artwork is bright and enchanting...the message is clear, simple, and compassionate."

—Vegetarian Journal

"That's Why We Don't Eat Animals is an elegantly written, beautifully illustrated children's book about the rationale for vegetarianism. [Roth] uses heartfelt, emotionally resonant language and art design to contrast the life lived by animals in the wild with the existence of animals in the factory farming system. This is a children's book with large ambitions...If the coming generations are going to strive for a more sustainable approach to filling their dining room tables, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals should certainly be in their bookcases."
—L.A. Yoga

"You can never be too young to join the fight against cruelty, and Roth's book looks like a great tool to help teach the younger generation about what's happening on factory farms."
—This Just In, VegNews blog

"An American teacher, writer and artist, Roth has come up with an innovative and somewhat controversial solution for helping children foster compassion towards animals-tell them the truth. That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things is the first book of its kind targeted toward young people. A candid, but gentle book that discusses what are normally considered taboo subjects for children, such as factory farming, battery hen cages, overfishing, habitat erosion, rainforest health and endangered species in relation to food."
—Green Muze

"The illustrations are fantastic, and the message is spot on."
—Vegan Dad blog

"The text does a fine job of explaining this potentially emotional issue without being too fraught with horrifying detail. Ruby Roth is a talented illustrator and author who has written a gently informative children's book that will be indispensable to thoughtful families everywhere."
—Your Vegan Mom

"That's Why We Don't Eat Animals makes the case for both vegetarianism and veganism with gorgeous artwork and a clear, firm stance about the needs of animals and the peril to the greater environment."
—Vegan Future blog

"[That's Why We Don't Eat Animals] makes a sound, green argument for reducing animal consumption as well as eliminating factory farms. It offers another perspective that is missing from children's sections in libraries. It is a pleasure to find such a well-done book on the subject"
—Kids Lit blog

"Though this book tackles a difficult subject for younger children, it does so well. This is a good book for vegetarian families or parents who are raising their kids veggie and want a way to explain it to them. Without getting too graphic (animals in confined cages are as dark as it gets), it explores basic issues of factory farming and discusses its effects on the environment. Roth is able to get her point across without becoming too preachy or delving into topics that aren't age-appropriate.
—The Kids' Book Corner blog

"Wonderfully illustrated and inspiring for children of all ages, author Ruby Roth has tackled the complex moral and ethical issue of choosing to be a vegetarian, distilling it into a compassionate and informative snapshot of the emotional lives of animals in their natural state. That's Why We Don't Eat Animals is a timely reminder to look inside our hearts and reconsider the choices we make-and their impact on our fellow creatures and the well-being of the planet."
—New Consciousness Review

"For any parent looking for a children's book to introduce some arguments on choosing the vegetarian lifestyle, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals is a great start."
—Vegetarian Star

"[That's Why We Don't Eat Animals] was not grotesque or militant in any way… just straightforward about the reality of eating animals and what that means for the animals and the planet…Thumbs up to Ruby Roth, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals rocks!"
—Nature Moms

"That's Why We Don't Eat Animals is quickly becoming a must-have book!"

"Each animal on a farm is contrasted with the animal...

About the Author

A vegan since 2003, Ruby Roth is an artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. First inspired by children's interest in healthy foods and veganism while teaching art in an after-school program, Roth has lived in Los Angeles, Kauai, and the Bay Area. This is her first children's book.

EAN: 9781556437854
ISBN: 1556437854
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Dimensions: 23.37 x 28.75 x 1.02 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Natasha on
Good book to explain to kids why it's wrong to eat animals. Of course, some people don't think it is, but I think you'll find most children would when you explain what happens, rather than just letting them grow up with the idea until they feel too scared to change. Some people think it's wrong to bring up their kids vegetarian - I don't think it is, as long as you give the child the choice to eat meat when they're out of the house, and to stop being vegetarian if they choose - if you're goign to make that choice, books like this could help. Though really it's unnecessary as simply explaining it to your child would probably work.

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