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In Vegan Is Love, author-illustrator Ruby Roth introduces young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Broadening the scope of her popular first book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Roth illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what we can do to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world. Roth explores the many opportunities we have to make ethical decisions: refusing products tested on or made from animals; avoiding sea parks, ...

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Overview

In Vegan Is Love, author-illustrator Ruby Roth introduces young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Broadening the scope of her popular first book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Roth illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what we can do to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world. Roth explores the many opportunities we have to make ethical decisions: refusing products tested on or made from animals; avoiding sea parks, circuses, animal races, and zoos; choosing to buy organic food; and more. Roth’s message is direct but sensitive, bringing into sharp focus what it means to “put our love into action.” Featuring empowering back-of-the-book resources on action children can take themselves, this is the next step for adults and kids alike to create a more sustainable and compassionate world.

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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 with their children.” —CNN.com

“One of the most compelling aspects of this book is that it reminds children that everyone—including kids—can make compassionate, cruelty-free choices each day. The tone is empowering and will sit especially well with children who are motivated to improve their world. Parents, caregivers and teachers who practice or are transitioning to cruelty-free living will relish the fact that there is now another book available that buttresses their values.” VegBooks

Vegan is Love is designed to inspire children to adopt a vegan lifestyle at an early age. It's aimed at kids ages 6 and up, and includes lessons on animal cruelty and the environmental consequences of eating meat, such as pollution emitted by animal farms.” —U.S. News and Worlds Report

“Roth offers a detailed description of vegan living in Vegan is Love, complete with information for children to make cruelty-free choices at home, in school, and in their communities.” —The Huffington Post
 
"Once in a very great while a book comes along with such a strong, important message that I marvel over the courage and spirit of the author. Vegan Is Love is one such book. Ruby Roth is one of our most important teachers, bringing an honest awareness to the plight of the animals, the planet, and our own lives. With her focus being on a topic that has often, and for far too long, been considered taboo, Ms. Roth should be applauded and celebrated for her work."—Erica Settino, Creations Magazine 

“Inspiring book describing vegan philosophy… Vividly conceptualized.” Midwest Book Review

“With its child-friendly illustrations, Vegan is Love is a unique way to introduce children to the vegan philosophy. … Roth gently raises consciousness about the links between food, health, animals, and the environment. Best of all, she empowers children to make choices.”Taste for Life

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Vegan parents will welcome this picture book, while omnivore families might be challenged by its saccharine presentation of the impact of a diet and lifestyle that includes animal products. Children are encouraged to avoid zoos, aquariums, circuses, or any venue that displays animals because these creatures would rather be wild. Going to the races or rodeo is not okay. Eating meat or any animal product such as milk or eggs is a no-no. Roth's skillful paintings feature rich colors and stylized animals. These images render the confusion, fear, and sadness of multiple species being exploited by humans. A spread of animals being tested for products such as shampoo, soap, and cleaning supplies reveals bunnies, kittens, puppies, mice, apes, and chimps with open, oozing sores. Their sad faces and dejected postures are pitiful. Other illustrations show cuts of raw meat dripping with blood. This book sends the message that eating a little fish or meat is poisoning the planet with pollution and robbing the ocean of life, and that the way to save it is to become vegan. Missing is any representation of loss of habitat, medical research, or description of a vegan diet. This is a one-sided argument, clearly summed up by the title, with the implication that any other way of life is wrong.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
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. Colorful, stylized paintings vary in subject matter, from cheerful organic farms to starving children, wounded animals and raw meat. The graphic nature of some of the pictures suggest that adults would be most comfortable sharing Roth's message with older elementary children, a reality somewhat at odds with the appealing cover and brevity of the text. The lack of an index or print citations to specific information may leave readers wondering whether some of her sweeping statements are entirely (or still) correct, depending on when the book is read. Roth's decision to ascribe emotion to animals may also leave some readers unconvinced. With luck, however, her main thrust--that our choices influence the world around us--will remain true indefinitely. Roth offers a strong statement in support of a philosophy that some adults may wish to share with the children in their lives. (suggestions for further action) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583943540
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 419,411
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    What a beautiful and important book for every child. If there is

    What a beautiful and important book for every child. If there is controversy in this, it is because we know as adults there is something inherently wrong with how we treat animals. Every living creature deserves love and every child knows that. We should encourage them to continue to feel that way as they grow up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    A wonderful way to teach your child about living compassionately

    This book is an incredible work of art. It deftly manages to truthfully address difficult topics in a way that a child can understand and a parent can feel comfortable discussing. The illustrations are vivid and deeply honest and the text is expertly crafted. I hope that anyone with a young child will purchase this book and read it with their child.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    We need more books like this one

    I like this book because it teaches real love and compassion for everyone, no exceptions. Too many books shows animals in zoos or as food.

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    Posted April 28, 2012

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