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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583943544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583943540
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Leaping and bounding toward a more peaceable world, this heart-centered book shows just how far our actions can go when we use love to fuel change.” —Jason Mraz, singer and songwriter
 
"An important and completely unique addition to children's literature, Vegan Is Love is a gift for newer, greener, and more compassionate generations to come." —Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary
 
“Roth’s work brings children a new viewpoint on animals that we desperately need in today’s world. Her message to stop attending dolphinariums is a great way to get children personally involved in making moral choices that are best for the animals. Dolphins belong in the sea, not in captivity.” —Richard O’Barry, marine mammal specialist, The Cove; campaign director of SaveJapanDolphins.org
 
“Children love animals, and Vegan Is Love helps to nurture their natural compassion. Please give this book to the teachers, parents, and children in your life, and you will do a world of good to create a compassionate world for all.” —Lorri Houston, founder and president, Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary
 
“Ruby Roth’s short, sweet, and beautifully illustrated book is a must for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and babysitters, as is her message that ‘The choice to be vegan is especially brave.’ And that goes for grown-ups, too." —Joseph Connelly, founder and publisher, VegNews magazine
 
 “Vegan Is Love beautifully conveys compelling reasons to reevaluate the food we eat, clothes we wear, and entertainment we choose. Best of all, it offers children ways they can be part of the solution today.” —Brendan Brazier, professional triathlete, best-selling author of Thrive
 
“This book gives young people a comprehensive view of animal rights as a lifestyle in an easy-to-digest format. It is my dream that future generations will extend their compassion to all sentient beings as part of their daily practice. This book provides the tools they need to get started." —Simone Reyes, Running Russell Simmons
 
“Ruby Roth is a magical truth-teller, artist, and conduit to kindness. If I had my druthers, every child in the world would have compulsory homework to read her work, as compassion should be the most perfunctory lesson we learn. My vegan son is so lucky to have Roth’s books to guide him—for every question he has, her books provide an answer.” —Chloe Jo Davis, founder of Girlie Girl Army
  
“Being a Wellness Warrior isn’t just for adults. Ruby Roth’s fabulous new book teaches children how veganism leads to personal and planetary health and happiness. Share your respect and compassion for our animal friends by reading Vegan Is Love to a little one you adore.” —Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and wellness coach

"Beautifully written and illustrated. ...Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action covers everything from why visiting zoos is not a way to support animals if we love them to why eating a plant-based diet is the healthiest thing for us and our world. ... I read the book to my kids and they were totally engrossed in the story and the pictures. ... The message Ruby Roth wants you all to take away from her new book is to ‘Love deeply, think critically, and act responsibly!'" —Sarah Creighton, blogger, Veggie Kids

“Roth’s skillful paintings feature rich colors and stylized animals.” School Library Journal

"Sure to provoke controversy and discussion, this illustrated introduction to vegan living occasionally leans too heavily on assumptions but generally offers a clear view of the topic. Presented in picture-book format, this nonfiction work features a different concept on each two-page spread. These concepts include clothing choices, animal testing and using animals in entertainment venues as well as eating habits, farming and environmental degradation. With each, Roth examines the impact of peoples' choices on the Earth and the animals that live on it. ... [Roth's] main thrust—that our choices influence the world around us—will remain true indefinitely." —Kirkus Reviews

“We hope that this book ends up on every library shelf because of its important and realistic message.” Vegetarian Journal

"[Vegan is Love] is not only a beautiful book from cover to cover with gorgeous illustrations and truthful messages, but it gives children the encouragement that they have the power to take things into their own hands. ... This book will captivate your child(ren) as it did mine." —Catherine Love, RanVeganess

"[Vegan is Love] provides parents with an educational tool and vegan children with a rare opportunity to have a book that reflects their family's life and values. In this visually lush follow-up to her first children's book, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, Roth introduces children to facets of veganism beyond the food we eat. Elaborately and beautifully illustrated, Vegan is Love teaches children that, small though they may be, they have the power to create positive change through the choices they make. ...the message of love prevails."This Dish is Veg

"Talented children's book author and illustrator Ruby Roth, author of That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, presents her newest book, Vegan Is Love. ... If you have any kiddos in your life (or friends with kids), this would make a perfect gift!"Vegan Break

"The book covers clothing choices, animal testing, and using animals for entertainment, but perhaps the most controversial component of the book is eating habits."The Today Show blog, MSNBC

"Roth's message is direct but tactful, and she believes it's an important one to communicate. She hopes to share what it means to 'put our love into action' with today's youth, and even includes resources at the back of the book that provide children with ways to take action themselves and create a more sustainable and compassionate world." —World News for Life

"Ruby Roth's last book, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, is a favorite of pre-teens and extra-smart kids nationwide, and she's followed it up with an even stronger book—Vegan Is Love—brimming with magnificent illustrations and strong, brilliant messages." —GirlieGirl Army

"Colorful clever drawings work in tandem with an interesting story to hold young readers' interest. Cautious parents might think Vegan is Love may be too intense for children, but-as a humane educator for more than 20 years—I suggest adults should read the book before dismissing it. Shielding children from the truth behind circuses or rodeos may be more harmful than reading a book like Vegan Is Love. Some young readers may disagree with the book's message; others will embrace it." —Debra J. White, Animal People

"I really believe the overall message [Ruby Roth] is sending to moms, dads, and families across the globe is invaluable. ... Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore—we ALL need to become more connected to our food and to Mother Earth. As parents, we need to teach our children about proper nutrition, why healthy eating is a must, and how every decision we make influences our world." —Lisa, Mommy Om

"[Ruby Roth] is hoping to show children that choosing a vegan lifestyle is not only healthy but brave."lilSugar

"Vegan is Love gently asks young readers to take personal responsibility [for making] the world a better place for animals. Children are not afraid to do that. They are not fearful. Adults could learn a lot from children." —Freeheel Vegan

"The main aim of the book is to argue that kids should be raised vegan-eating nothing that contains meat, dairy, fish, eggs, or any other animal-based product-because it's the right thing to do for the earth." —The Baby Center blog

"Roth illustrates through the book how our daily choices in eating meat make an impact locally and globally; she explores the ethical decisions we have to make, such as refusing to go to zoos or animal races, refusing products tested on animals or made from animals, and choosing to buy only organic foods."Yahoo! UK

"Vegan is Love, by Ruby Roth, will undoubtedly make some parents and their children feel uncomfortable, but then again so have beloved classics such as The Lorax and The Giving Tree. ... In addition to diet, Vegan is Love sheds light on other animal welfare concerns such as wearing fur, habitat loss, and animal-based forms of entertainment like horseracing or sea parks. It even demonstrates how a plant-based diet ties into ending world hunger, somethingany family can appreciate." —Holistic Living with Rachel Avalon

"The book definitely brings up topics that should be discussed as a family."Glamour Magazine's Health & Diet blog

“Parents have many talks with their kids as they grow up. There's the ‘birds and the bees’ talk and the ‘sharing is caring’ talk, or even the ‘don't be a bully’ talk. Now, author Ruby Roth wants parents to have the ‘If it's too scary to talk about while we're eating, it's too scary to eat’ discussion wit...

About the Author

Ruby Roth is an acclaimed activist, artist, and author whose work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, Change.org, Glamour, and Wired as well as on The Today Show, FOX, ABC, CNN, and other major media outletsShe first discovered children's interest in veganism while teaching art at an elementary school. Complementing her degrees in art and American studies, she has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for nearly a decade. Her first book, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, was published in 2009. A vegan since 2003, she lives in Los Angeles.

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

Customer Reviews

All in all, a great book to have in your personal family library.
MDB
This is a beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book with a powerful message.
Lisa Viger
We love Ruby Roth's other book... That's Why We Don't Eat Animals.
Tiffany E Bright

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JL4321 on April 26, 2012
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After all the media hype over the "violence" of this book, I couldn't help but wonder if graphic images were included..they are NOT. This book is the antithesis of violent, it's very gentle prose and loving illustrations can't help but leave you with a sense of peace and genuine compassion for animals. I feel more than comfortable to hand it over to my 7 year-old niece and am so thankful a book like this has been written.

The message is about choice -not guilt, about education - not indoctrination, and somehow the author has managed to take a very complex subject and turn it into an easily comprehensible story. I believe this book is a great introduction to veganism and compassion, not only for children, but teens and adults as well. Every public library should have a copy, please request a copy at yours!

Ruby Roth couldn't have done a better job and I look forward to her future work..(and her illustrations are so beautiful, they would even look great as a t-shirt or bag collection).
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kiley M on April 27, 2012
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This book has undergone a great deal of controversy even before it's release, which unfortunately doesn't come as much surprise to me. Most parents, at least in the U.S., seem to be very careful, if not resistant, when it comes to discussing with their children where meat, dairy and other animal products come from. Roth takes a courageous, honest approach toward establishing an open platform from which to engage children as individuals with the ability to make their own decisions. Shouldn't we all be exposed to the truth - especially when it comes to the foods we eat every single day?? Roth is a remarkable artist and writer, and clearly has enough respect for children to realize that they are able and competent to experience compassion and make rational decisions for themselves. I look forward to the day that I can read this book to my own children.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Viger on April 26, 2012
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This is a beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book with a powerful message. That message is that we all - adults and children alike - have the power to affect positive change and we can start today.

Roth explains in simple language how animals are used for clothing, food, testing, and entertainment and how that use harms animals, and also how it harms humans and the planet. She then explains what we can do instead, and how in that process we make the world a better place for all of us.

Roth's stylistic art is true to life in depicting the horrors of what we do to animals, but also gently presented. I didn't find the illustrations to be too graphic for small children.

Ms. Roth's book empowers even the youngest of us, and helps us all make the world a kinder, more compassionate place.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Linda-n-Ananda on April 25, 2012
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I have niece & nephew who are over weight and unhealthy. They will most likely diet before their parents.
I have giving them videos like Food, Inc but it is too graphic for them.
The Illustration in this book is perfect way for me to show them simple ways to live a healthy lifestyle without all the blood and guts.
Beside eating healthier and be kind to animals Vegan Is Love covers all bases. Love for animal, earth and people.
Wish I had a book like this read to me when I was growing up. I will buy many more of this book for friends and family.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By homeworkaholic on May 13, 2012
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I must say, the media hype intrigued my interest in this book even more than the vegan lifestyle it promotes. I expected some graphic... something. This is a book showing a very kid-friendly truth the the animal abuse that occurs from labs to circuses. I am happy to share this with my daughter and show her a loving way to treat animals. The truth, in my opinion, is a much more effective way of parenting than covering everything up with a blanket of lies just to have the child uncover all of that once they are older. What a confusing way to live! Thank you Ruby for a wonderful, kid-friendly, and informative depiction of what being vegan is all about; love!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kat K. Munro on May 28, 2012
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My four-year old son, a lifelong vegetarian, has been transitioning to a fully vegan diet. Roth's book articulated the many reasons why in simple, compassionate language he can understand. The illustrations are beautiful and emotional and the message of showing love through veganism was inspiring. Roth's books are must-haves for veg families. Thank you so much!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Laura on May 10, 2012
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Having already been a fan of Ruby's "Thats Why We Don't Eat Animals" I knew we would love this one equally. And boy do we! Covering all aspects of a vegan lifestyle, from diet to clothing to entertainment, I love how we are gently brought back to the words 'vegan is love' throughout the book- such a beautiful reminder that after all, that is what it is all about.

A gentle, educational and moving book about veganism, that can only instil a greater sense of compassion in its young readers.

Another beautifully illustrated and eloquent piece from Ruby, that both parents and children of ALL ages can enjoy.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tracy on May 10, 2012
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In a world that brainwashes and bombards childen to eat total crap and thus ensuring a ridiculous rise in childhood obesity this book is a breath of fresh air. I really don't understand the controversy over presenting an alternative to cancer, obesity, diabetes,etc..the controversy should be over how we have let our children get to this point. THis book is well written and an excellent jumping off point for a discussion (not as people have said a scare tactic to turn kids vegan). If we are not willing to avoid the billions of dollars spent in advertising junk food to our kids then we should at least be willing to show them the alternative.
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