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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0823418294%2F103-3126537-7735805%3Fv%3Dglance%26n%3D283155" target="_blank">Souperchicken!</a> My kids checked this out from the library this week. It's a very cute story about a chicken who learns to read, and saves a bunch of her animal friends. The boys were super excited to see that it talked about a Vegetarian farmer in the book. Very cute, six thumbs up! (Me & both boys!)
 

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Cool! I'll definitely have to add that to my collection!! I love veg. friendly kids books.<br><br><br><br>
A great kids picture book that has a good pro-veg message and wonderful artwork (without actually coming right out and saying "VEGETARIAN") that I like is "To Market, To Market".<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2F0152000356%2F103-4070653-4645467%3Fv%3Dglance" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/dp/0152000356/...45467?v=glance</a><br><br><br><br>
The woman goes "to market, to market to buy a fat pig..." (and all the rest of the animals)<br><br>
....only instead of eating the animals, she makes a wonderful healthy vegetable soup (with brown rice and kidney beans - YAY!) and invites all her animal friends to share it with her...<br><br><br><br>
The artwork is hilarious and it's my favorite to read at Preschool because, first of all the kids LOOOOVE it, and it's a short, easy to read book but it gets the message across about animals being our friends, not our lunch, without ever saying anything that would offend the big-time omnis in the crowd...
 

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The Chicken Gave It To Me by Anne Fine<br><br><br><br>
A review says: Avidly, Gemma and Andrew pore over the extraordinary manuscript forced on him by a passing hen: ``The True Story of Harrowing Farm.'' The hen tells how little green men shoo her and her fellows from the cramped cages where they've been confined to lay eggs, uncomfortably, in public, then fit the cages to humans- -the species they prefer as food. Horrified to see people suffering as she used to, the hen stows away on the men's spaceship and becomes a TV celebrity on their planet, successfully pitching her plea: no one should eat an animal that isn't first allowed a happy life; anyway, grains and vegetables are more efficient foods. The message dominates; but Fine (My War with Goggle-Eyes, 1989) is an imaginative humorist who treats the gruesome reversal with a light touch. The satirical episodes of the hen's space adventure alternate with the kids' responses to it (incredulous, then concerned); meanwhile, Fine points out how humans keep uncomfortable truths (like conditions in chicken factories) concealed. Animal-rights advocates will be delighted; others can enjoy Fine's wry wit--and have their sensitivities enhanced. (Fiction. 8-12)<br><br><br><br>
I liked it a lot but it ends with a message of free range is better than caged. I wish it would have ended with not eating animals at all but it does give a good talking point about factory farming/battery cages.
 

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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey<br><br><br><br>
Patterned as a parody of the celebrated Clement Moore poem, this story of eight baby turkeys unfolds with joyous abandon and crackling vitality, as eight children embark on a Thanksgiving field trip that will change their lives forever. They are breathless as they catch sight of Farmer Mack Nuggett for the first time: "He was dressed all in denim, / From his head to his toe, / With a pinch of polyester / And a dash of Velcro." The exuberant turkeys--Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver and Groucho--catch the children up in raucous barnyard antics until the merriment is quelled by the sight of the ax. Deeply touched by the turkeys' plight, the children--who have grown mysteriously fatter and have feathers sticking out from under their clothes--board the bus to go back to the city. The next night, family silhouettes can be seen--each with a grateful turkey guest--as "They feasted on veggies / With jelly and toast." This humorous, lighthearted story is adorned with bold, bright illustrations that convey a sense of wacky high-spiritedness sometimes lacking in traditional holiday fare. Ages 4-7.
 

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<b>Charlotte's Web</b><br><br>
Come on, I know everyone's heard of this one before! It really gets the messsage across from the animal's perspective, and Wilbur is a lucky pig who lives on a samll family farm. But anyway, when this was read aloud to us in 3rd or 2nd grade, it was kind of the first time I realized that meat came from animals. As weird as it sounds, I never realized that meat was dead animal until this book came along...and a friend rudely pointed out that I was eating dead cow in my taco...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> Anyway, great book that gets kids to empathise with the animals and really feel for them.
 

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All of these book sound like such wonderful books for growing veggie kids! I'll have to remember them down the line. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MoonJumper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>Charlotte's Web</b><br><br>
Come on, I know everyone's heard of this one before! It really gets the messsage across from the animal's perspective, and Wilbur is a lucky pig who lives on a samll family farm. But anyway, when this was read aloud to us in 3rd or 2nd grade, it was kind of the first time I realized that meat came from animals. As weird as it sounds, I never realized that meat was dead animal until this book came along...and a friend rudely pointed out that I was eating dead cow in my taco...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> Anyway, great book that gets kids to empathise with the animals and really feel for them.</div>
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DUH! I can't believe I didn't say this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess I was thinking more picture books or books I had read to my class. I *love* Charlotte's Web (for obvious animal rights reasons) but also because it puts spiders in a good light. I even have a sweatshirt with Wilbur standing under the web that says TERRIFIC. Awwwww.........
 

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<b>Shiloh</b>. By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 2000. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Pub.<br><br><br><br>
When eleven year old Marty finds a mistreated beagle, he knows that he must do whatever it takes to help him - even if that means breaking the law and getting in trouble with his parents.
 
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