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Herb the Vegetarian Dragon Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862489
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A decidedly moral tale involving a bevy of knights, damsels, and dragons, as well as a brave girl named Nicole. The only vegetarian dragon in a land full of carnivores, Herb peacefully tends his garden while others of his species munch on the castle's inhabitants. When the knights decide to catch and behead any dragons they can find, poor Herb is easily apprehended and imprisoned. He is about to be wrongly executed for the murders when Nicole steps in (and into his mouth) to prove his innocence. Using Herb as an example, the king makes a bargain with the rest of the dragons: if they agree to stop eating people, then the knights will stop hunting them. The carnivores agree, and there is a happy ending, as "dragons and people, meat-eaters and vegetarians, live together in peace and harmony." Some of the scenes are a little scary, especially the one in which Herb is tied down in preparation for beheading by a man in a black hood. However, the tone of the text remains light and the cartoon illustrations are humorous, with googly-eyed dragons and people being eaten without apparent pain. Herb is the goofiest dragon of all; he always seems to be gazing lovingly at some living thing. Lush with growing plants and green grass, the artwork is filled with details that readers will pore over.
Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A magical read for all new readers, young and old; Herb's story tells the tale of the future. --Sir Paul McCartney --Sir Paul McCartney<br /><br />Lush with growing plants and green grass, the artwork is filled with details that readers will pore over. --School Library Journal --School Library Journal<br /><br />The book's case for vegetarianism and understanding of differences is further enhanced when accompanied by the author's Cooking With Herb: A Cookbook for Kids.... Amusing illustrations characterize both works; the recipes and safety tips in the cookbook will help kids enjoy cooking while learning good kitchen habits. -- NAPRA Review --NAPRA Review

Lush with growing plants and green grass, the artwork is filled with details that readers will pore over. --School Library Journal --School Library Journal

The book's case for vegetarianism and understanding of differences is further enhanced when accompanied by the author's Cooking With Herb: A Cookbook for Kids.... Amusing illustrations characterize both works; the recipes and safety tips in the cookbook will help kids enjoy cooking while learning good kitchen habits. -- NAPRA Review --NAPRA Review

More About the Author

JULES BASS has produced several animated films, including The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, as well as several hit animated television shows such as ThunderCats. Jules has written two children's books for Barefooot Books: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon and Cooking With Herb. They have been translated into seven languages and reprinted in paperback. Herb received a "Pick Of The Lists" from American Bookseller, Lifeworks Magazine's the "Real Life Award," IRA-CBC "Children's Choices Award", "top-of-the-children's list" at American Book Sellers Association. The London Times called Herb one of the best books of the season. It was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award and praised by Paul McCartney as: "A magical read for all new thinkers, young and old..." Herb made his television debut on The Food Network.

Bass' new novel for middle-grade readers from Eltanin Publishing, The Mythomaniacs, takes place in Devon, in the south-west of England, and from there transports the reader into many worlds of fantasy including a quest that leads back to Arthurian times.

To learn more please visit www.julesbass.com

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful and the story is cute.
Sarah X
The drawings are quite lively but overall, I didn't think this was the strongest book in this genre.
I. Polt-Jones
A wonderful story about accepting and tolerating others that are different.
Elvera Evangelista

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By AineMama on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...is just beautiful--the art throughout the book is the same colorful, vivid style as on the cover. However--there's a lot of text which makes it somewhat tedious for beginning readers, and I was rather shocked by both the text and pictures--even though the protagonist is veg, the book's message is more about tolerance for others' choices then portraying any one dietary choice as better than any other. ... This book leaves out the "why" of vegetarianism, which is for many parents the main thing they are trying to make clear to their children when buying a pro-veg book such as this. My personal qualms with the foggy message and the violence depicted are such that if it wasn't for the AWESOME artwork I would consider actually getting rid of it....
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed when a fellow friend and I stumbled onto this book. The details in the pictures are great and the book has an excellent message for children. At the time, I hesitated buying it, but after thinking about it for awhile, I have to get this book. Being a vegetarian myself and having numerous friends who are raising vegetarian children, this is a great book to give them. It shows that it is ok to be different. Thank you both for writing such a great book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa Belle on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I adore this book, and my five year old delights in it as well. The message is excellent -- some people (and dragons) like to eat meat, some people (and dragons) like to eat veggies, and no one should eat people. I like that it isn't the least bit preachy. I happen to be a vegetarian, and my husband and child are not, and it isn't about one kind of eating being better than another, just different. If you have a "mixed" eating family like mine, or if your meat eating child has vegetarian friends, or your vegetarian child has meat eating friends, or if you enjoy any well-written, well-illustrated children's book, then this book belongs on your shelf.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C Chris Lingamfelter on April 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We received this book as a gift and it has become one of my 4-year-old daughter's favorites. Rarely do we agree so enthusiastically about a bedtime story! She goes for Disney, I go for Robert McClosky. Further, it has stood the test of time (18 months). This is an eternity for a 4 year old. No other book has been such a perennial favorite. I think I have read this book to her about 250 times over the past 18 months. The crazy thing is I enjoy it every time. Because the pictures are so detailed, you often see something you missed on previous reads. It is a fairy tale, so I say to those who are quick to attack it as not having enough meaning for Vegetarians or being gruesome, they are missing the point. It is harmless and entertaining. Kids really enjoy it. And I teaches acceptance of others for what they are, which in my humble opinion is more important than preaching a particular view point on Vegetarianism.
A side note, the book has helped my daughter recently with school where they have been studying Dinosaurs and their eating habits. She now loves to identify people and animals as Herbivores, Carnivores or Omnivores.
I love this book so much I have bought 2 additional copies as gifts now myself. And, by the way, everyone in our family is an omnivore.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By zoomer on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'll start off by saying I like this book for many reason. But I will also say it was NOT what I expected. As my child grew I began searching for vegetrian themed books with a positive simple message. This book is much aclaimed and I bought this with the intention of reading together with my 5 year old. When I got it and flipped through it I saw how nicely eye catching that art was. The colors are vivid and the art work is still some of my favorite. And overall this book does TRY to protray a good message about excepting others, getting along, and being yourself (not just being vegetarian), which is nice. However it is a rather odd story, where the dragons eat people, and the people want "death" for any dragon they can find. Which is what happens, they set out in search of the dragons to capture and kill one to set an example to the other dragons...but they only end up finding the peace loving, vegetarian dragon named herb.

I suppose what supprised me so much was the amount of anger in the book..all be it just a book there is a lot of fighting and mean dragons and mean people and insults/name calling thrown in there.
The lead dragons name is Meathook (eeeew..good thing most 5 year olds don't know what those are), they show herb tied up with a big ax about to chop off his head (not very pleasant mental image let alone something I would like to read to a child.) and I was most suprised at the part in the book where meathook comes to free herb but only if he eats some boar meat and "becomes one of us". This part really portrayed non-vegitarians as shallow and I think that the underlying tone through the book of the people and dragons portrays anyone who eats meat as "bad" throughout the book, which the quick ending of everyone getting along cannot undo.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I went out in search of a few good books on vegetarianism to read to my four-year-old son. This story is great; it is so real! (Despite the main characters being dragons, of course.) The message at the end is wonderful: "I won't ask you to change your habits/ideas/principles if you don't ask me to change mine".
Just FYI: the story was written by Jules Bass of Rankin/Bass fame (Frosty the Snowman, The Last Unicorn, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer).
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