Saturday, May 30, 2020

Review - V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind

V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind
by Ruby Roth
Date: 2013
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Introducing three- to seven-year-olds to the "ABCs" of a compassionate lifestyle, V Is for Vegan is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists! Acclaimed author and artist Ruby Roth brings her characteristic insight and good humor to a controversial and challenging subject, presenting the basics of animal rights and the vegan diet in an easy-to-understand, teachable format. Through memorable rhymes and charming illustrations, Roth introduces readers to the major vegan food groups (grains, beans, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruits) as well as broader concepts such as animal protection and the environment. Sure to bring about laughter and learning, V Is for Vegan will boost the confidence of vegan kids about to enter school and help adults explain their ethical worldview in a way that young children will understand.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I haven't come across a lot of vegan books for kids. Actually, this may be one of the first ones I've read.

V Is for Vegan is a simple rhyming alphabet book that talks about various vegan foods (and non-vegan things like dairy, eggs, and fur). It's easy to understand, and quite cute overall.

I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of the style of the pictures. And, for some reason, I found the font a bit hard to read in spots. It's supposed to look like a child's scrawl, but the difference in size of some of the letters confused my brain a bit (for example, on the Bb page, it took me a moment to figure out that what looked like "beduty" was actually "beauty")!

But if you're looking for a picture book that introduces some simple ideas about veganism to young children, you can't really go wrong here. It's a non-judgmental look at veganism geared toward the youngest readers, and it oozes fun and positivity.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 5/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4.14 out of 5

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