That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals By Ruby Roth

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals By Ruby Roth

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals By Ruby Roth


It was snack time at the after-school art class, but Ruby Roth avoided the string cheese. When her young students asked her why, she explained that she’s vegan.

Then she began looking for a book written to help children understand what being vegan is all about. But to her dismay, the best she could manage was a silly book featuring a talking tomato.

So she decided to fill the void by writing and illustrating That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals.

I read it to my younger boys this afternoon. The book includes lively illustrations of animals enjoying family life in natural habitats, followed by sketches of others suffering in factory-farm cages.

About halfway through the book, my six-year-old asked, “Why are those animals in cages?”

I paused. “The animals are in cages because people want to eat them,” I finally said.

When I had finished reading, I asked my sons whether they were glad we didn’t eat animals in our home anymore. They both nodded vigorously.

Roth has taken the same message that I have been reading over the last few weeks — the same message that other authors have written hundreds of adult-oriented pages on— and delivered it with a tact, brevity and power sure to move readers of every age.

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