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I'm a Vegetarian: Amazing facts and ideas for healthy vegetarians Paperback – March 12, 2002


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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (March 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887765882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887765889
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-8-Teens will find much encouragement in this guide to navigating the vegetarian lifestyle. The author opens with an overview of the different types of vegetarians and the rationale behind their decisions, then moves into advice on handling parental concerns and sticky social situations that are sure to arise. A consideration of nutrition and how to achieve a healthy diet that provides all necessary nutrients follows, ending with a smattering of suggested menus and recipes. Schwartz emphasizes how to deal with social interactions in ways that will educate others, rather than threaten them. She writes in a light, chatty tone, using a question-and-answer format, bulleted facts and lists, boxed information, and humor. Black-and-white drawings throughout add to the book's appeal. A friendly, rational volume that nicely complements Judy Krizmanic's A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian (Puffin, 1994).
Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-10. This slim paperback is for young people who are already vegetarians as well as for those who are still thinking about it. Written in the breezy tone and with the depth of a lightweight magazine article, this offers the expected overview of vegetarian staple ingredients; tips on combining foods for best nutrition; sample menus; and a small section of well-chosen but poorly presented recipes (no nutritional information is given for the dishes, and the recipes' steps appear in a jumbled stream of text). What's best are introductory chapters that give advice on dealing with meat-heavy family holidays, explaining vegetarianism to carnivorous friends, and making snappy comebacks to common myths about a meatless diet. Despite whimsical drawings, the gray-toned layout is uninviting, but young people interested in the subject will still find satisfying browsing material. Suggest Judi Gillies and Jennifer Glossop's The Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook [BKL Mr. 1 02] for more extensive recipes and a fuller introduction to the kitchen. Gillian Engberg
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on May 26, 2003
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The cover of I'm A Vegetarian features three kids who appear to be about 11 to 20 years old, a clue that this book is written for "tweens" and teens. The writing style is simple, easy-to-understand, and fun-to-read, making it a sure winner for this age group. However, the book would appeal just as much to parents and younger children. The author and her husband have raised two vegetarian daughters, and her connection with what veg kids want and need to know is clear and strong. She has a knack for presenting facts and information that keeps your attention, and most importantly, will appeal to young minds.

The book starts by defining "vegetarianism," and includes quotes from kids of all ages explaining why they decided to become vegetarians. Interspersed throughout the chapters are quotes from famous people and interesting facts about animals, animal agriculture, the environment, and nutrition. Short activities help to illustrate the topic of each section. For example, to help children understand how much space a chicken is allotted in a typical egg-laying factory cage, the author suggests taking a ruler and a sheet of paper and tracing a six-inch square. This is a quick, easy lesson that really brings the point home.

Schwartz goes on to discuss how to deal with parents who aren't happy about having a child convert to vegetarianism and "other sticky situations," like talking to one's peers, handling holiday dinners, and getting decent veg food in the school cafeteria. She covers these topics by offering simple advice without sounding preachy. She keeps it upbeat and positive, which kids will appreciate, but which some may find unrealistic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Reviewer on April 2, 2002
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This book is written in a very fun, age-appropriate style. It highlights many of the concerns and interests of the young vegetarian. It includes jokes, recipes, information, comebacks, and even famous vegetarians. A great read for the young vegetarian, especially one you may be afraid of losing to peer pressure. NOTE: Although veganism is mentioned, the book focuses on vegetarianism, not veganism.
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By Betty White on June 15, 2012
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I got this as a gift for my Niece. She said she wanted to be a vegetarian, I got it for information. She is 8 and wanted to read about it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celia Halperin on December 13, 2007
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I love this book b/c it's easy to read and understand. THe menus and recipes are simple as well - although I wish there were more! It's a great book for new vegetarians and their meat-eating parents. It's also good for vegetarian parents who are not exactly sure about nutritional values.
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