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V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by R. Roth

Roth, Ruby. V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2013. Print.

With adorable illustrations, bright colours, and brief, engaging text, this book would be a welcome addition to any library collection. Roth’s newest book, V is for Vegan, is a quirky and entertaining guide to human-animal relations and the vegan lifestyle.  

This book is a gentle and informative introduction to the vegan lifestyle, incorporating important vocabulary all vegans should know. It introduces the reader to major food groups in a vegan diet: legumes, grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables; as well as touching on animal rights. This book is a brilliant resource to help children learn about their or their classmate’s dietary needs. The illustrations, also done by Roth, and rhymes garnered lots of laughs. My 4-year old niece’s favorite page: “Ee is for eggs-- from a chicken’s butt?! Wow.” For vegan and vegetarian parents, this book is a must have.

This book was sponsored by the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, an educational nonprofit corporation established to “develop an educational and cross-cultural perspective that links scientific, social, and artistic fields; to nurture a holistic view of arts, sciences, humanities, and healing; and to publish and distribute literature on the relationship of mind, body, and nature.” Their publishing house, North Atlantic Books, publishes many books on alternative health.

Recommended: 3 of out 4 stars
Reviewer: Jorden Smith

Jorden is a Public Services Librarian in Rutherford Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Alberta.  She is an avid fiction reader and subscribes to Hemingway’s belief that “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”