Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice, the new vegan-friendly children's book by Nathalie Van Balen gets the ultimate thumbs up from my four-year-old. "Read it again," he giggles while gleefully squirming in his seat. I happily oblige.
Who knew a book explaining veganism (or vegetarianism - you can really take this book in whichever direction you choose) could be this fun? And yet, this book is just an absolutely delightful combination of thought-provoking story and hilarious characters and fun photo collage illustrations. We all love it.
Leaving the choice of actual information-sharing up to the parent, the story here provides a good launching point to the discussion. It tells the story of Thora, a plush toy that wears her heart and her brain on her sleeve, who saves the day by first stopping to think, and then gently, but firmly speaking her mind. The book is just so smart and funny and weird that I really don't want to tell you anything more about it. Just read it. But rest assured that there are also Vikings, and Snails, and lots of Juicing.
The book, as well as handmade plush dolls and free printable coloring pages, are available on the author's website -