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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583946497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583946497
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-This rhyming alphabet book presents the whys and hows of veganism for young children. The text makes clear what vegans consume (legumes, vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, and seeds) and what they would avoid: "A is for animals-/friends not food./We don't eat our friends,/they'd find it quite rude." The message goes far beyond food by including information about capturing insects, clothing choices, zoos, cooking, shelters vs. pet stores, animal testing, recycling and reusing, and gardening. A lot of information is packed into this little picture book, giving families a good jumping-off point for discussions about food, animal welfare, and the environment. The cartoon illustrations are lighthearted and full of smiling people and animals, though the most telling is sure to be the image of the young boy about to bite into a calm, but clearly perplexed, live chicken. This beast-, fowl-, and insect-friendly title will be useful as an overview for young vegans and young friends of vegans. Find a place for it.-Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Move over, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss! Make some room on the bookshelf for a new, welcome series of children’s books that teaches “the ABCs of being kind”—both to animals and to our planet. From Ruby Roth, the author-illlustrator of the much-loved That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals and Vegan Is Love, comes the just-released V Is for Vegan, an uplifting and educational picture book that introduces young readers to animal rights, environmental issues, and the virtues of a plant-based diet."
Vegetarian Times


"Ruby Roth has done it again. Never has being vegan been more beautifully illustrated than in V Is for Vegan. Roth's clarity, directness, and creative intelligence come through with every letter. This is a must-have for every vegan, especially those of us who are raising vegan children to know the simple and elegant power of our choices."
—Mayim Bialik, PhD, Emmy-nominated actress, neuroscientist, author, and mom


“What an enchanting and perfect little gem! This will be a long-time best seller among the ever-growing population of vegans—and their friends! I’m buying them in bulk for baby shower gifts.”
—Rory Freedman, best-selling author of Skinny B*tch

 
“A one-of-a-kind resource for the youngest in a growing demographic, V Is for Vegan offers families a fun and simple way to build and bond over a foundation of compassion and understanding.”
—Dr. Jenn Berman, MFT, PsyD, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids


“Funny, informative, and inspiring, V Is for Vegan will give already vegan kids a sense of pride, confidence, and belonging and will give non-vegan kids and adults a better understanding and appreciation for this more peaceful, sustainable way of living. The timing couldn't be better, as more families are exploring vegan lifestyles and are looking for an accessible, entertaining way to share the hows and whys of veganism with their kids. I can't wait for my son to grow older so I can read it with him.”
—Marisa Miller Wolfson, writer and director of Vegucated

 
“Ruby Roth's ability to speak to children about important and serious issues regarding animals is unmatched. Ruby's books are creating a new generation of children guided by compassion and empathy for those who have no voice."
—Gary Smith, Evolotus PR

 
"V Is for Vegan is the perfect tool for teaching children about compassion and having a positive impact on the world while making it fun. Her artistry will engage your kids, make them giggle, and empower them all at once."
—Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac., author of Fixing It With Food


"V Is For Vegan strikes a fantastic balance between colorful, heartwarming illustrations and whimsical, conscious poetry. It gently and jovially delivers messages of kindness and compassion that all children can understand and embrace. It's the perfect introduction to veganism for kids."
—Jason Wrobel, celebrity vegan chef and host of How to Live to 100 on Cooking Channel

“Ruby Roth's books provide an absolute treasure trove of insight and motivation for readers of all ages. Her books are a joy to experience, conveying their kind, wise message in words and drawings that touch your heart, soul, and spirit. My daughter has chosen to give V Is for Vegan to every one of her friends this holiday season. I can't think of a better gift.”
—Dr. Doug Graham, author of The 80/10/10 Diet


"Profound in its mission and a joy in its simplicity, V Is for Vegan will help raise a new generation with social and environmental awareness! Roth's books offer an easy way to start the conversation early."
—Ani Phyo, author of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen

“[Roth] shares the ABCs of veganism, approaching the topic with enthusiasm and humor."
Publishers Weekly

“Let’s hope this book shows up in all local libraries!”
Vegetarian Journal

“V Is for Vegan addresses veggie issues in a fun and lighthearted way. Explaining sensitive animal issues to children is always difficult, but Ruby has such a wonderful way with words that broaching the fundamental ideas behind veganism and how we treat animals is much easier. This book is a thought provoking read that can be used as a vehicle for social change in efforts to spread the message of love and compassion on behalf of all our animal friends.”
—Care2.com


"Ruby Roth has put together an adorable ABC-style rhyming book that will introduce your little herbivore to the major vegan food groups as well as the ways we can protect animals and the environment. The illustrations are adorable and funny and the content is colorful and exciting for little eyes."
VegFamily

“I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone looking to show children (or adults!) what living a compassionate lifestyle is all about.”
—Amanda Lily Grant, reviewer at T.O.F.U. Magazine

“The book takes a gentle, educational and humorous approach to teaching kids the alphabet within the context of compassionate, healthy and sustainable living. … Positive and empowering”
Evolving Wellness

“V is for Vegan is a really good book for toddlers. It addresses healthy eating by talking about legumes, nuts, grains, veggies, fruits, oil, and seeds. It also touches lightly upon vegan issues including zoos, clothing, shelters, and animal testing in an age-appropriate way. If you are raising vegan kids, definitely pick up a copy of this book for your collection.”
—VegBooks

More About the Author

Featured on CNN, FOX, Today, and other major media outlets, Ruby Roth is the world's leading author and illustrator of vegan and vegetarian books for children.

Vegan since 2003, Roth was teaching art at an elementary school when her students' fascination with veganism inspired her to write That's Why We Don't Eat Animals in 2009--the first book of its kind in children's literature. Vegan Is Love and V Is for Vegan followed. Today, Roth's books have been translated into multiple languages including German, Italian, Korean, French, Polish, and Slovenian.

Roth has received international attention for her sensitive, yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Complementing her degrees in art and American Studies, she has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for over a decade. For more information, visit www.WeDontEatAnimals.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MamaLion on August 17, 2013
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We're a longtime vegetarian family for animal compassion reasons and plan to raise our son (now 5 months old) the same way. We preordered this book based on the premise and weren't entirely sure what to expect, but had high hopes. It was not a disappointment in any way. Beautifully illustrated with catchy rhymes and an underlying message of compassion that should be taught at any age to vegans and carnivores alike. Our son loves the pictures and sits happily in my lap while I read to him. At some point, as he gets older, this book will help open up the dialogue on many important subjects about earth stewardship and animal compassion. Really hoping this author and illustrator collaborate on additional books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catlover on August 22, 2013
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Wonderful little book promoting values of kindness towards animals and a vegan diet. My young vegan granddaughters
love it. I am glad Ms. Roth's books exist to read to them as we have have many vegans in our family.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gaele TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2013
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This was a marvellous and cleverly phrased book that provides a simple explanation of basic green and vegan concepts that all can understand. The colorful illustrations bring a sense of whimsy while giving visual interest, and each letter of the alphabet is given a simple and easy to understand concepts that cover nutrition, recycling and even food sourcing.

While not a true 'how to' book, it does provide an awareness of concepts with easy to grasp habits and awareness of the world, and the necessity of informed choices and awareness of 'where' things come from.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dubliner on August 30, 2013
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Bought this to begin introducing the concept of living a vegan lifestyle to our son, who IS living a vegan lifestyle and just doesn't know that other people eat animals, cow's milk, eggs, etc. "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals" is still a bit too old for him.

We liked the ideas connecting insects held in glass jars to zoos as jails for exotic animals. Loved the introduction of where eggs come from. I didn't eat eggs as a child once I found out the general location where they came out. For a child it is enough to know where eggs come from. As a teen or adult, a person may want to understand the discomfort and pain a hen is subjected to laying eggs, even if she is "free range" and cared for, she still has to go through the pain of laying an egg.

This book is about kindness. It is thought-provoking for any person of any age.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By todd mcgill on May 11, 2014
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To start, I am a vegetarian for nearly 10 years who has at times been vegan. My partner recently purchased this book to help teach our nearly 2 year old son about the vegan lifestyle. She had great intentions, and I was all for providing this type of educational resource. However, despite the title, this book is anything but compassionate. In order to discuss the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle with those who are unacquainted, it's important to show a level of understanding of those who may not share the same worldview. This goes for my staunch meat-eating parents in their 60's and my son who is vegetarian without knowing it yet. The entire notion of vegetarianism and veganism is flawed without an understanding that some may not be of the same mind set. Acceptance and compassion are key to the lifestyle, and showing a sense of sincerity means allowing others to follow a different path, just like we do.

This book takes a hard line approach to veganism, and supports the prevailing opinion that many of us are unable to compromise. "Ee is for eggs -- from a chicken's butt?! Wow." Not only a snarky comment, but also less a less than appropriate way to teach a child who is going to be surrounded by a meat-eating public and in the minority about his or her friend's behaviors. The tone of the book goes further - "Jj is for jail, like zoos and their bars", entirely denying the good that these institutions do to advance science and care for sick creatures. Yet the book has a sense of hypocrisy, too. "Tt to treat others as they should treat you" does not apply only to animals, as the picture implies.

Bottom line. If I'm going to teach vegetarianism and veganism to my children, I'd like to let them know that this choice is our own, gentle way of letting the world know that we respect all forms of life - and their choices, even when they don't agree with ours.

Happily refunded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Fountain on November 8, 2013
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Wonderful book. Just like her other 2. My wife read these books to our children and they are just great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wasserman on October 17, 2013
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Being a vegan mother with a 4 year old vegetarian son, I love it! Very cute and he always laughs when we read it : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jodi on October 6, 2013
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This book does a wonderful job of explaining kindness to animals and our environment without being preachy. The illustrations are beautifully done. My 4yr old son enjoys this book very much.
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