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Benji Bean Sprout Doesn't Eat Meat Paperback – March, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 15 pages
  • Publisher: SK Publishing (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097283401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972834018
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Rudy is a passionate animal lover. She has been an artist her entire life and this is her first publication. Watch for new titles by this artist!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rudy on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Benji is a little boy who brings food to school that is a little different than the other kids eat. Two boys are bullies and mean to Benji because of the differences and it escalates into a scene in the hallway.

When Benji gets home, he asks Mom and Dad if he can have a hamburger. Maybe this will make him like the other children. But instead of eating hamburgers, Dad takes Benji to an animal sanctuary. There, he learns that all animals are important, even if they don't have names.

Mom makes food for Benji's class and the kids eat with mixed reactions. The bullies end up liking the food and ask to come over some time for dinner.

Hello, I am Sarah Rudy, the author of Benji Bean Sprout Doesn't Eat Meat. This book is intended as a teaching book told in the form of a realistic story for children. The bullies in the story are based on some of my own school experiences. While I was not a vegetarian until I turned 18, I was one of those "different" kids who got picked on.

As an adult, I met a lot of grown up bullies who challenged my dietary choices. Of course, being a vegetarian is a lot more popular now then it was in 1995!

The book is intended to be shared by the parents with their children as a way to explain some of the tougher truths about what farm animals go through to end up on our dinner plates. In this way, parents can answer the question "Why don't we eat animals?" with the help of a story and friendly pictures.

Thank you for your purchase and I wish you peace in your world.
Sarah Rudy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen J. Weiss on January 4, 2007
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I love this book. My son loves the story line. It is so helpful to kids who feel different from their friends because they don't eat burgers and fries. It helps them feel normal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on February 11, 2009
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This is a great book for young kids! My daughter has loved it for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By futurefossils on February 9, 2011
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Benji doesn't eat meat and because of pressure from his peers he is thinking about eating a hamburger. His parents, while thinking it is a bad idea, do not tell him no rather they reinforce the reason behind why they do not eat meat so he can make an educated decision. It's a nice book that I feel many vegan/vegetarian children will be able to relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mama Stacey on February 3, 2012
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We got a copy of this book in the mail yesterday. My son has been talking about wanting to try meat and I was at my wit's end. We read this book together as soon as we opened it. I know several reviews felt the bullies in the book were extreme, but I have to sadly admit that even 7 and 8 year olds can be downright malicious towards people different from themselves. My son very much identified with Benji and he had quite a few tears about bullies. When we moved on to the animal sanctuary portion of the story, he loved it. He can't wait to try the 'Neat Loaf' recipe at that back of the book and also asked if we could share vegetarian food with his class, just like Benji. He's was super happy to have a book about a boy who is a vegetarian, just like him. :)

My only complaint about the book is actually about the layout. I wish it was a bit bigger/taller. The length is fine, but some of the words get pretty close to the binding.
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