Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon

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Follow the adventures of Herb and Meathook as the knights of Castle Dark decide that the time has come to rid their land of man-eating dragons!

The dragons in the forest of Nogard like nothing better than raiding Castle Dark and carrying off princesses to eat -- all except one. Herb is at his happiest tending his vegetable patch, for Herb is a vegetarian. So it is unfortunate that he is the only dragon to be captured by Bernard the Bold and his fellow knights in armor and thrown...

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Overview

Follow the adventures of Herb and Meathook as the knights of Castle Dark decide that the time has come to rid their land of man-eating dragons!

The dragons in the forest of Nogard like nothing better than raiding Castle Dark and carrying off princesses to eat -- all except one. Herb is at his happiest tending his vegetable patch, for Herb is a vegetarian. So it is unfortunate that he is the only dragon to be captured by Bernard the Bold and his fellow knights in armor and thrown into prison to await execution. Treacherous Meathook and his dragon cronies will only help Herb if he agrees to eat a lump of boar meat -- will Herb give in to their blackmail and be saved or will he meet a grisly death?

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K-Gr 3-A decidedly moral tale involving a bevy of knights, damsels, and dragons, as well as a brave girl named Nicole. The only vegetarian dragon in a land full of carnivores, Herb peacefully tends his garden while others of his species munch on the castle's inhabitants. When the knights decide to catch and behead any dragons they can find, poor Herb is easily apprehended and imprisoned. He is about to be wrongly executed for the murders when Nicole steps in (and into his mouth) to prove his innocence. Using Herb as an example, the king makes a bargain with the rest of the dragons: if they agree to stop eating people, then the knights will stop hunting them. The carnivores agree, and there is a happy ending, as "dragons and people, meat-eaters and vegetarians, live together in peace and harmony." Some of the scenes are a little scary, especially the one in which Herb is tied down in preparation for beheading by a man in a black hood. However, the tone of the text remains light and the cartoon illustrations are humorous, with googly-eyed dragons and people being eaten without apparent pain. Herb is the goofiest dragon of all; he always seems to be gazing lovingly at some living thing. Lush with growing plants and green grass, the artwork is filled with details that readers will pore over.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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The book's case for vegetarianism and understanding of differences is further enhanced when accompanied by the author's Cooking With Herb: A Cookbook for Kids... Amusing illustrations characterize both works; the recipes and safety tips in the cookbook will help kids enjoy cooking while learning good kitchen habits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841481272
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: PBK ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.54 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Delightful!

    I am a vegetarian and have a young daughter. Since I ate meat as a child, I think its only fair for her to eat meat growing up so she can make the decision for herself when she is older. This book is a great way to teach her that its OK to be either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The title is intriguing.

    The title is definitely intriguing. The first page is well written and will elicit a chuckle. The rest of it is what I would expect from a good elementary school student writer - not something I want to pay money for. It was trying to make a point that is currently in fashion, but comes across preachy without any real support.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    Don't be fooled by the title

    I picked this book out because of it's catchy title. The illustrations were beautiful with great colors and detail. I read about half of it to my 3 year old and had to put it down. (i promptly threw it out!) There were horrible depictions of a shackled dragon on more than 3 pages and the threat of beheadings. My child has been wielding toys like an ax ever since! I just can't understand how this would be appropriate for any child under the age of 8, if that. Although the tone of the book was childlike, the themes in some of the pictures were increasingly sadistic and adult-themed. Shame on the author for taking such liberties with a book I can find on the toddler shelves at my local library. Thumbs down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    Too horrific for a 4-year old!

    I bought this book for my 4-year old son so that it could help him understand what a vegetarian is. I think he was a bit young for this book because instead of learning what a vegetarian is he learned words such as murdering, iron shackles, and beheading it seemed like I couldn't get through a page without him interrupting me to ask what a gory word meant. I finally put the book away so I wouldn't have to keep explaining what the hooded man was going to do with the ax! This would be a great book for an older child or a younger child that knows what an executioner is. I think that this book did more damage to my child than it taught tolerance or kindness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    Best Recipes for Healthy Kids

    This fantastic book includes many recipes kids will enjoy to cook as well as eat. They are healthy but fun ways to introduce your kids on eating things other than meat. It's also a fun book with colorful illustrations. I give it two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Of Dragons, Vegetarians and Animagic

    I've always been partial to tales of Dragons; so it was a matter of time before I found myself encountering a wonderful Dragon named Herb. What sets Herb apart from his fellow Dragons is that he is a vegetarian --- the first children's book character with that specific trait. When we first encounter him, he's going about his business in the Forest of Nogard, collecting veggie stuff, if you will, only to be captured by the Royal Knights of Nogard, simply for being a Dragon. Later, while Herb ponders his fate, he is visited by Meathook, leader of the meat-eating Dragons, who offers the 'Veggie-head' a chance to escape. But Herb refuses; and next morning he is on the verge of having his head chopped off, when a young lady named Nicole dares to speak up for him. Having seen Herb collecting his favorite vegetable plants, Nicole wastes no time in proving her friend's innocence; and after a brief vote by the meat-eating Dragons, harmony (culinary and otherwise) is restored to Nogard. Huzzah! Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon is the inspired creation of Jules Bass, best known as the co-founder of Rankin/Bass Productions --- the company that gave the world Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and other milestones of TV animation. Teaming with London-based artist Debbie Harter, Bass weaves a magical saga of tolerance (the lessons of which were long a hallmark of the Rankin/Bass series and specials), good eating habits, and just plain L-O-V-E. Bass created Herb after becoming a vegetarian himself over 10 years ago, by which time he realized that no children's book character had ever been created to specifically explore moral issues related to vegetarianism. When the chance came at last for him to do something about it, Herb was born. Since then, Herb's story has spawned a follow-up, featuring the Veggie Dragon's unique collection of recipes (created by himself, with the help of his Grandma Flora, Grandpa Snap-Dragon and [of course!] Jules Bass himself!), with a second cookbook in the works, not to mention a possible weekly series --- which, one hopes, might yet rejuvenate the Rankin/Bass partnership of old. Dragon-lovers, veggie fanatics, this is your kids' book. And it goes without saying that Herb IS your Dragon. Buy this little Dragon darlin', wontcha? (Heh-heh!)

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