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That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things [Hardcover] Paperback – January 1, 2009


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  • Paperback
  • ASIN: B003TFTYVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,890,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Customer Reviews

Thanks again for this well written and illustrated book.
Nicole LaConti
Definitely a good choice for your kids if you are raising them vegan and want a good book to explain why.
A Reader
A beautifully illustrated book with a beautiful message that will resonate with many many children.
Andrew

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Adams on June 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I have read this very important book many times to our 7-and 3-year-old boys since it arrived 2 weeks ago. Both boys LOVE the story and the illustrations. The ideas are easy for them to comprehend and appreciate, and they have increased both their vocabulary and their understanding of their own veganism. That's Why We Don't Eat Animals has led to many meaningful conversations with our boys (both vegan since conception) about the impact of personal choice on the earth/animals. While my 7-year-old often reads the book on his own, my 3 year old also loves the book and is now able to talk more freely about his "gentle/peaceful choices" to be kind to animals. My boys make thoughtful, informed decisions every day about their diets, their lifestyles, their behavior, and their impact on the world. However, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals gives the ethics of veganism a voice that can be understood and appreciated by ALL children. Having read this book aloud to a group of 20+ preschoolers, it is clear that it is accessible to children of ANY age or level of independent thinking. What a huge bonus that this message is packaged in such fantastic illustrations that create empathy and adoration for animals everywhere.

-Michelle in San Leandro CA
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David B. Busch on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although I have no children of my own, I had to buy this book. The illustrations are beautiful, and the message is simple but poignant. I've been using it as a coffee table book, and it is a good conversation starter. It's so pretty to page through, and it is a story that is usually ignored amongst children's books. If you have people in your life, young or old, who would never watch Earthlings or something equally intimidating but you'd still like for them to understand why you live a vegan lifestyle, pass on this book.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By The Feel Good Vegan on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book to hopefully give my 7 year old a pictorial explanation about animal agriculture. The subject matter is not new to him; he has been raised a vegan in a vegan household. I just thought it might be nice to have a book about it, too. The book does a superb job of showing heartwarming sides of each animal that are very touching and the artwork starts out really fun and interesting. As the pages were turned, however, the artwork grew darker to the point where my child could not distinguish a flower on one page. Soon after that, although he normally enjoys being read to, my son turned away so he didn't have to look at the book anymore. I understand that this is a difficult subject that most people do not want to hear about (including my vegan child). I can talk about this painful subject with him but scary pictures are too much. I continued reading the book for myself and found that it does end on a really positive note with bright, colorful and happy artwork on the last page, along with another page listing suggestions for getting involved.

This book may be better aimed at pre-teens. It is definitely too dark and scary for young children. I would suggest that the pictures be bright all the way through: even the artwork of factory farms could be tempered with brightness outside of the buildings. I would also suggest that the book be peppered with alternative suggestions for what kids can do instead of saving it for the last two pages. I appreciate the author's genuine effort. It's a tough subject to cover for kids.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Randy Spiro on June 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ruby's book is an especially effective teaching aide because it helps children understand why they should not eat animals by contrasting the consequences for animals where they have been raised for slaughter with those where the animals are allowed the dignity of a normal life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christy Long on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this for my three-year old, but he is emotionally not ready for this. But, he is a child that was mortified by a baby-einstein video when the duck puppet fell down. The book puts approximately equal weight on the positive (happy things the animals do in their natural environ) and the negative (poor conditions of factory farming). The book includes non-graphic, but sad images of animals in factory-farm conditions such as tiny, cramped cages. This would devastate my child at his current age, but I think as he gets older, he'll mature into it. In a few years, I'll show him this book. It's a simple statement of here's the animal in nature and what the animal needs and then here's how the animal is treated in a factory farm.

It's a great idea for older kids. It's also a good, quality hardcover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Summers on June 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ruby's book is just right, and at just the right time. The message is clear and sensitive and compellingly important as a valuable teaching tool. It brings to light the terribly swept under the rug topic of eating meat and animal products, allowing children to understand what it is and how it works. I will definitely give a copy to each of my grandchildren when they are old enough to read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christy Hawkins on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is my 3 year old's new favorite book. After reading it, he said, "I wish everyone would be vegan, so those animals wouldn't have to be at the factory farm." I was worried about exposing him to the sad dark nature that is the meat industry, but it is described gently and the illustrations are excellent. I'm an artist and I won't buy a kid's book if it's illustrations are bad, which I find way too common. These are quality interesting paintings. My vegan family LOVES this book and would recommend it to anyone, vegetarian or not!
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