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.
"A magical read for all new readers, young and old; Herb's story tells the tale of the future." --Sir Paul McCartney
"Lush with growing plants and green grass, the artwork is filled with details that readers will pore over." --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
I had high expectations for this book. We are a vegetarian family and thought this would be a cute way to teach our 21 month old about not eating animals. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kyle Mackay
Yes! It's about tolerance! There is not just one right way for everybody ... and Herb is a pretty good model for that!Published 16 months ago by U. Kraims
I bought this book originally years ago when I first became a vegetarian. I loved the artwork and story so much I recently bought a second copy with my kids book collection getting... Read morePublished 18 months ago by gretchen
GREAT BOOK. Perfect for all babies and kids, helps explain vegetarianism (veganism) to little people. I would buy for a friend.Published 20 months ago by jc
My 4 year old son loves this book. You know, it being dragons and all ; ) Cute book for all the vegetarian kids out there!Published 22 months ago by Jamie Wasserman
I was so excited to find a book that seemed to be vegetarian oriented. Enter Herb the Vegetarian Dragon. The concept was Ok but I really just didn't like the book. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Bela
Although we are not vegetarians, this story is adorable and inspires tolerance and respect for others. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by P.K. Detemple
great illustrations, it was a gift for my grand daughter! I know her mom liked it! So she will too!Published on June 15, 2013 by B. Brown
Love this book! Colorful! Could begin a conversation about choices or vegetarians or settling conflicts and finding compromise. Beautiful book. Love the recipe book too. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer