Here are some of my recent Vegbooks.org reviews!
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 – this is really worth your time to check out from the library, click through for my full review. I got the suggestion to read it from @babytoolkit on twitter — her suggestions for good reads were: “Moonshot (Floca), Visitor for Bear (Becker), LMNO Peas (or anything by Keith Baker), Chalk (Thomson), Sick Day for Amos McGee.”
We actually checked all of them out and they were all well done. It is so nice to have personal suggestions from people about books their children love. Visitor for Bear was cute, a bear doesn’t want a mouse to stay and values his private time but by the end they are friends. Great illustrations. LMNO Peas is an alphabet book with little peas acting out all of the activities related to each letter so that is a lot of fun! Chalk is wordless but is about some children discovering a bag of chalk on a rainy day and the things they draw become real, like butterflies or a dinosaur. They manage to cleverly escape the dinosaur and return the chalk to where it began so other children can play with it. The illustrations are almost photographic. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is about zoo animals helping their caretaker when he is sick but if you can ignore the fact that it tries to make zoos sound like places animals want to be in, it is pretty charming.
Ever since starting to write for VegBooks I’ve been on the lookout for what messages books are sending about animals and how we treat them. To me zoos with research and conservation components are good things but I know that they make other vegetarians/vegans uncomfortable. I think it is all very personal. We most definitely do not support circuses, it surprised me this summer in E’s preschool skills class at the community center that the teacher was obsessed with the circus since it was coming to town. So many crafts were circus-centric and it was a good chance to talk to E about what is wrong with them. Oops, that was a bit of a tangent but I am pretty tangential most of the time. I think the thing I most often hear from people is “get to the point!”
Also, one of my recipes was posted as a guest post on the Vegetarian Experience, a vegetarian blog by a mom in the UK! She was going on vacation and asked on Twitter for guest posts so I was happy to share. It is fun to get a window into the world of other veg parents, especially with the added twist of being abroad.