by Nathalie VanBalen Author
Totally great, sturdy hardcover book about food. It's meant for kids, though we're not sure what the age range is, and really you're the only person who can judge your own kiddo's readiness for anthropomorphic vegetables and the "whys" of veganism, anyway. But as adult sized kids ourself, we think this book is totally great, charming, and makes us want to drink some healthy juice! (But not eat snails, yechhh).
"Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice is a fresh, one-of-a-kind book designed to get a person’s mental juices flowing about compassion, vegetarianism, stereotypes, expectations, and (of course) juicing. Like the title, a lot of interesting ingredients get blended together in this book; and although it sounds funny, it sure gets one 'pumped!' (like the the main characters say). The story revolves around two characters who are super enthusiastic about juicing. They find a reference to using yellow spotted snail shells to make them strong and healthy (and it goes well with juice!), so they bag a bunch and prepare to add them to their special garlic-onion-beet-spinach-mango-carrot-grapefruit juice. One of their housemates firmly believes snail shells do not belong in juice and begins thinking about the snails’ perspective and models critical thinking, empathy, and compassion for the reader. She asks herself thoughtful questions, one of which is 'How does it feel to be food?'" -VegBooks review
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