Wow! I cannot rate this book with fewer than 5 stars, even though there were some things that bothered me, big time. I’ll get those out of the way fir...moreWow! I cannot rate this book with fewer than 5 stars, even though there were some things that bothered me, big time. I’ll get those out of the way first. I don’t like that for eating disorders the only advice dispensed is to participate in OA, a 12 step program. I’m really sick of not having alternatives mentioned. I loved how the first author talked about her own earlier years’ struggle with food and eating, but her way is not the only way. I also don’t like the hedges on honey and veganism. And then there is the whole "you'll lose weight as a vegan" claim, though she does make clear that's if you eat the healthy stuff and don't overeat. There are a few other such things.
But overall, I agree with these (mother-daughter) authors about everything they say.
I came to this book skeptical in the sense that I thought because I’m an experienced and long time vegan, I wouldn’t take that much from it. But I loved it.
I appreciate how this could be a life changing book for many people now, the way Diet for a New America was for me in 1988, over 24 years ago. I am in awe of how many issues are addressed. In fact, with books such as this, I usually include their contents in my review. Here, there are 6 dense pages of contents, too long to share, and so much content within each section. I love the messages given here, the philosophy espoused. I like her take on how to be vegan or how to move in that direction. I admire her priorities. I love how Victoria is a good mother and loved learning about Adair and enjoyed Adair’s contributions to this book. I love the mother-daughter angle, their history and now when both are adults. Every time I thought of something that should be included, I eventually came across it as I continued reading. I love that recipes are included and think they are good ones for a vegan primer. This (first) author is a health food, primarily raw, vegan, but she, of course, is vegan for the animals, and the environment and world hunger are mentioned too; all reasons to be vegan are at least touched on. I adore quotes so I really liked that each chapter begins with a fabulous quote. The book’s dedication is one of the best ever: “To the animals I’ve known by name and to all those who have no names.” So powerful!
I read this book with new vegans and the vegan interested in mind, to see if I would recommend it to them. I do, heartily, and I also recommend it to experienced vegans such as myself, especially activists, but also just as one more supportive book.
This is an entertaining read. It’s fun to read, and at times I laughed and smiled, and at times I felt sad. I experienced the gamut of emotions. Much to my surprise, if I was in book buying mode, I’d purchase this book. Mine is a library copy. It’s a wonderful book, an all in one re content, and very accessible, very friendly; I don’t know a better way to describe it. I liked it so much more than I’d anticipated. Because of the 12 step content I thought I was going to give it only 4 stars, but I just can’t downgrade for that. Many will like that and for those such as me who don’t, I trust that we’re smart enough to ignore the few things here that don’t work for us because most of what’s included is exceptionally useful. Throughout the book and in the back of the book, there is a lot of good resource material.
I had many things reinforced for me and I learned some things too. The next time I get my B12 tested I’ll do the MMA urine test instead of a blood test.
I think that this book will be most appreciated by new vegans, the vegan interested, experienced vegans, readers who know vegans, in that order, and by parents and other mentors in all those categories, and definitely by vegan activists too. I surely hope so.
So, I did like this. Obviously, it’s didactic. That’s okay but it makes for a small audience: vegans 12 + up, certain 8-11 year old not too sensitive...moreSo, I did like this. Obviously, it’s didactic. That’s okay but it makes for a small audience: vegans 12 + up, certain 8-11 year old not too sensitive vegans or vegan interested children, kids whose families are going vegan or those who want their families to know about the issues in the book, perhaps kids who have vegan friends, though I have to say from experience that omnivorous parents rarely want their children to get graphic, or much, vegan education. I honor parents’ requests but I won’t lie to kids, so in those cases I don’t offer information about my choices and, if asked, answer honestly but rather vaguely. I do think this might be a good book for vegan families to own.
I appreciated that the author-illustrator covered the many ways human use animals and does briefly describe the negatives of each of those ways.
I didn’t like the term man-made. I would have preferred using the words human made. I wish the word veganic and not organic can be used, but acknowledge the correct choice was made given the near impossibility of currently finding commercial veganically grown food. And, I thought polar bears usually have 2 cubs at once, not 4?
On the page(s) What Else Can We Do? section in the back of the book, I would have liked each suggestion to be accompanied by an illustration. I think these items would appeal more to kids if they each had a picture. The illustrations are wonderful, some exceptionally good. They’re whimsical and cute. But I kept wondering if more realistic looking animals (also painted as cute) would have been more effective here. After all, the book’s aim is to support kids who have compassion for real animals and those who might start caring. Because the text portions here are small and very straightforward rather than going out of their way to entertain, the pictures are a huge part of the book. They’re needed to help deliver the message. I’ll contradict myself here though and say that maybe the art style is good because being too, too accurate in the animals’ depictions might have more sensitive children feeling even more sad.
I’m conflicted. I think this is a good book for vegan or evolving toward vegan families, and especially for kids ages maybe 10 or 12-13 + in such families. It could be a support and validation. However, given the way the information is presented, I’m not sure it would be a good book to share with non-vegan kids & families. Too bad. Support is essential but there is already a lot of preaching to the choir.
I’m really unsure as how to rate this. I guess I’ll give it 4 stars because I see an eager audience for it, rounded up from 3 ½ stars. I wanted to like it even better than I did. I’m still eager to read this author-illustrator’s newest book: V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind. I hope my library gets it, and I hope it’s one I can share with some non-vegans.
Yeah, I rambled, and the reason is my mixed feelings.(less)