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Warning: Graphic Depiction of Animal Conditions
on March 22, 2013
I am a 25-year vegetarian who doesn't wear any animal products, including leather. I support every message in this book.
But I found the illustrations and language far too graphic for a child. The focus is more on the cruelty of factory farming and other practices rather than the more simple concepts of not hurting/killing/eating animals, who have feelings, families, etc. (that's in there, but mixed in).
Admittedly, my child is younger than the recommended age, but I also wouldn't be comfortable showing this book to my child until significantly later than the recommended age. It's too intense.
Personally, I would love to see a vegetarian book for children that just focuses on the message that animals have feelings and we don't believe it's right to hurt them, kill them or eat them. That is a message my child can understand and relate to. The more graphic/policy stuff is too much and, I fear, could cause nightmares and other problems.
Maybe this book would be a good way to introduce to a tween that there is yet another reason to be a vegetarian. But I don't think it's a good tool for children aged in single digits.