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That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things [Hardcover]

Ruby Roth
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1 Jun 2009
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals uses colorful artwork and lively text to introduce vegetarianism and veganism to early readers (ages six to ten). Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, the book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state—rooting around, bonding, nuzzling, cuddling, grooming one another, and charming each other with their family instincts and rituals—and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm. The book also describes the negative effects eating meat has on the environment. A separate section entitled “What Else Can We Do?” suggests ways children can learn more about the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, such as:“Celebrate Thanksgiving with a vegan feast” or “Buy clothes, shoes, belts, and bags that are not made from leather or other animal skins or fur.” This compassionate, informative book offers both an entertaining read and a resource to inspire parents and children to talk about a timely, increasingly important subject.

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals official website: http://wedonteatanimals.com/

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437854
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 28.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, informative and powerful. Fabulous!! 31 Aug 2009
Beautifully illustrated and the subject of eating animals is very sensitively dealt with!
It is not scary or graphic but gives children an overview of the habits and emotions of farm animals and helps them to make a connection between food and where it comes from.
I've been waiting so long for a book like this and I am not disappointed!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this for my four year old, to help her understand why she eats differently at nursery. It worked. This book is good for all ages and goes deeper than the obvious reasons. it talks a lot about animals and their family's and the love and community that they feel. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully first of many 13 Jan 2014
By crystal
As a long term vegetarian and a newbie to the vegan world I must say this is an excellent resource when trying to explain to children why we do what we do. I know some people have complained that it doesn't cover free range but even in free range there is still death and babies ripped from mothers. So it is being honest but not brutal or biased. The only complaint i have is that it doesn't rhyme (my child mad for rhymes). It's not a depressing book at all. Or brutal. It's informative and the pictures provoke discussion if child not old enough to fully grasp subject matter. This is one of the first books i have come across like this so i think it speaks volumes about where society is headed that this material is even available!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly why 27 Mar 2010
This is a book for children - a picture book - that I came across last week when I bought another book on amazon and it came up on the "people who bought..." so I was curious and wanted to take a look at it. Also for my children's literature course I have to write an essay about a picture book for children and have been looking for one to use and thought this book might be a good one considering the subject matter and the images and the fact that it is approved as a children's book but not full of happy fluffy animals wearing clothes or frolicking in the fields. It's not a book that is designed to indoctrinate children into some weird vegan cult or anything like that. It's a book that would be very useful for children who are interested in the subject or who perhaps already don't want to eat animals or who want to know the meaning of vegan or vegetarian and what those people do and don't eat. It explains about pet animals, and how we treat them differently to other animals, how pigs and cows and chickens are supposed to live and how we, especially thanks to factory farming, prevent them from living natural lives, what happens in the oceans and the number of sea animals that are killed accidentally as a result of trawling etc for specific fish to kill, endangered species, environmental issues etc. I think it's a very good educational book regardless of your feelings on eating animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was a bit surprised by the style of the illustrations at first, but I like that they're not cartoony and light. This is a serious subject and the writing is done so that children can understand, but without sugar-coating the facts. I have a baby coming in May (my first) and I've started reading to the bump. This is one I'll continue reading and as my child grows up I hope that this book, among others, will help my son or daughter understand how all living beings are indeed connected. I love the connection the author makes right away between pets and animals that are farmed for food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 5 Aug 2014
By Nina
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I bought this book for my 4 and 6 year old girls and they have gone down very well.That's why we don't eat animals mainly talks about the natural wild living conditions of animals verses the unnatural farming environments, pets, animal families, chickens, turkeys, quails, ducks and geese, pigs, cows, the ocean, fish, the rainforest and endangered species.The book has been tastefully done in my opinion with lovely illustrations and informative text without being scary. It shows that animals are just like us and explains what being vegan means.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good tool, but needs a bit of help 2 Jun 2011
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I have been a vegetarian, for ethical and spiritual reasons for 8 years and I now have two young children, who I am raising as vegetarians. My first thought when opening this book was that it had too many words for toddlers to listen to, so I REALLY simplified it for them. Saying that, it would be fine for older children in that sense. Although I think the book has an important message, I did feel that it was on the biased side, focussing only on battery style farms. In reality, there are free range farms out there, that don't have animals sitting in dark cramped cages, but the book does not mention this, or if it did, it wasn't mentioned a lot. Granted, even free range farms have their ethical issues, but I think they Should have been given greater coverage in this book. If you want to tell your children the truth, this book does not cover all of it, but it does get both children and adults thinking about what happens to farm animals, which in itself is good. My husband, is not a vegetarian, and this book enraged him a little, because of the reasons Ive stated above, and because, like most non vegetarians, he felt judged by vegetarian views. This feeling of judgement is not the books fault, but I do think it generalizes quite a bit. As a result, I had to fill in the gaps myself when reading it to my children, by saying, " not all animals are caged like this, but most are." I'm glad I got this book because i don't mind filling in the gaps or making up side stories, as I largely teach my children about ethical things in day to day life. Over all, it is a good tool, but it needs the readers help to bring out the best in interpretation. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book that every vegan parent must have!
Published 16 days ago by Silvana Rosso
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The illustrations are lovely, the delicate subjects are introduced in a way that is not too disturbing. Will be reading this to my children one day
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Pictures!
The pictures are horrible way too dark and frightening for children. I was hoping for something to help me explain to my 4 year old why we are vegetarians without scaring him but... Read more
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I chose this rating as I find the book covers all it needs to and explains to young and old alike how animals should live....instead of how meat eaters allow them to live. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for children!!!
This book is wonderfully illustrated and gives a nice and child-friendly explanation for veganism.
It explores animal exploitation in a nice way and is good for children that... Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by LotusFlower
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational book with simple words
I've discovered this book by chance on amazon and I am really pleased with it. I am vegan and this is the only book I've found talking about the animals and the environment for... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by LuneBleue
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for us
This book is illustrated beautifully but that's about it. I wanted something with a positive message to explain why we don't eat meat to my 4 year old. Read more
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