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I'm a Vegetarian: Amazing facts and ideas for healthy vegetarians Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0887765882
LANGUAGE:English

" This book's target group seems to be mostly aimed at tweens (going off of how it's written) but it has a lot of interesting facts and helpful advice. It's a pretty good starter book for any new, young vegetarian (from elementary school to high school). " said.

" This book covers many things about vegetarianism and veganism, especially those to teenagers' concerns. It also includes sample menus and delicious recipes. So, I think it is a very helpful book to beginning vegetarians and vegans. " said.

"The cover of I'm A Vegetarian features three kids who appear to be about 11 to 20 years old, a clue that this book is written for "tweens" and teens. The writing style is simple, easy-to-understand, and fun-to-read, making it a sure winner for this age group. However, the book would appeal just as much to parents and younger children. The author and her husband have raised two vegetarian daughters, and her connection with what veg kids want and need to know is clear and strong. She has a knack for presenting facts and information that keeps your attention, and most importantly, will appeal to young minds.


The book starts by defining "vegetarianism," and includes quotes from kids of all ages explaining why they decided to become vegetarians. Interspersed throughout the chapters are quotes from famous people and interesting facts about animals, animal agriculture, the environment, and nutrition. Short activities help to illustrate the topic of each section. For example, to help children understand how much space a chicken is allotted in a typical egg-laying factory cage, the author suggests taking a ruler and a sheet of paper and tracing a six-inch square. This is a quick, easy lesson that really brings the point home.


Schwartz goes on to discuss how to deal with parents who aren't happy about having a child convert to vegetarianism and "other sticky situations," like talking to one's peers, handling holiday dinners, and getting decent veg food in the school cafeteria. She covers these topics by offering simple advice without sounding preachy. She keeps it upbeat and positive, which kids will appreciate, but which some may find unrealistic. Still, her saucy comebacks are priceless, and will allow veg kids to arm themselves with funny comments whenever they are put on the spot.


In the chapter "Food, Glorious Food!" Schwartz presents a history of vegetarianism and a primer on "new" foods, many of which are not eaten regularly within the standard American diet. She introduces soy foods including soymilk, tofu, TVP, tempeh, and miso, and includes information on lentils and quinoa, plus peanuts, chickpeas, and potatoes, all of which have interesting stories behind them. She even briefly discusses genetically modified foods.


Finally, after providing a general discussion of eating a balanced diet in the chapter entitled "Be Smart - Stay Healthy," Schwartz goes on to discuss nutrition in more detail. This section is so easy to comprehend that my 5-year-old enjoyed reading it with me. Provided are sample lacto-ovo and vegan diet menus, lots of meal ideas, and a handful of recipes to get you started. This title is highly recommended for new vegetarian kids as well as their meat-eating or vegetarian parents. It would also work well for vegetarian parents who want to teach their children aged 5 to teen about nutrition.
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" I found this book to be very insightful. The recipes near the end of the book sound really good " said.

"3.5 stars --- This is an upbeat little book for tweens and young teens who are or are considering going vegetarian. Concise, magazine-style articles present information about vegetarianism in general as well as recipes and tips for eating a healthy, well-balanced vegetarian or vegan diet. Unfortunately, the presentation is entirely in black-and-white and is rather dull.

The authors answer questions and offer tips that are likely to be pressing issues for young vegetarians in particular, such as "Convincing Parents and Other Sticky Situations" and "Snappy Comebacks." Above all, the author emphasizes, if you want your choices to be taken seriously and to be treated with respect, it's important to treat others with respect as well.

Unfortunately, this book offers up the perennial list of "famous vegetarians," which includes not only historical figures but current actors and actresses as well. I can understand the appeal of these lists; after all, celebrities are normally a popular subject among this age group. However, some of the personalities cited in this book have renounced veg*nism, and others were never fully veg*n at all. As vegan author Erik Marcus notes, "Live by the vegan celebrity, die by the vegan celebrity."

Note that the information in this book may have to be supplemented. It doesn't reflect the pervasiveness of technology in today's kids' lives.
There is a cursory mention of vegetarian-group websites, but there is no talk of social networking or similar ways today's veg*n teens can find each other.
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