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Check out the new vegan online magazine LUV4All – 25 fantastic articles from vegans around the world. There’s so much fascinating and inspiring stuff to read – I’m reading one article a day. Like this one: Nation Rising by Sheanne Moskaluk, about a Canadian campaigning group who are demanding their government stop subsidising animal farming and instead spend their tax dollars helping animal farmers to transition to crop farming.  You can watch a video of highlights of the protest speeches and interviews at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

There’s an article by Katrina Fox about a new law in Missouri which bans the use of ‘meat’ terminology to describe any food products that haven’t come from a slaughtered animal.  It means that vegan brands could face imprisonment or a fine of up to $1,000 if they use words like ‘sausage’ or ‘hot dog’ on their packaging or describe their products as plant-based ‘meat’.  It’s absolutely crazy and of course is whole heartedly supported by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, because they want to ‘protect the integrity of their products’!!!!!!

Honestly, this mag has so much – you can read about activism, animal rescue, health, athletics, lifestyle, raising vegan kids, there’s even an article about Violet’s Vegan Comics 😉 It shares veganism from all walks of life, everyone playing to their strengths and being part of the solution.  This is only the second edition (the first came out in May this year) so if you don’t want to risk missing it in the future, make sure you subscribe in the top right hand corner of the Home Page 😀

 

Recommended Reading: Colour By History

Colour By History by August Bassett and Amy Fibbitts

August Bassett and Amy Fibbitts have made a history colouring book and it’s brilliant!

Colour By History by August Bassett and Amy Fibbitts

So much of the history taught in schools is about horrible people doing horrible things – wars, conquerors, revolutions, oppression etc etc etc.  But there have actually been a lot of good things too, and a lot of good people, which don’t get much lesson time.  Colour By History: a colouring book full of nice people from history, attempts to address that.

Schools don’t teach much about notable women who, undervalued though they were, got a lot done.  In this book there are almost as many women as men!

And vegetarians – well!  There seems to be a conspiracy of omission when it comes to teaching about big names in history who were passionate vegetarians and taught their followers to be vegetarian.  Children do get taught about these people but they don’t get given the whole story.  The vegetarian side of things, though it was very important to the historical person in question, gets left out of their story.  Colour By History sets the record straight.

history colouring book

Children get taught at school about Pythagoras but not that he was vegetarian.

history colouring book

Plutarch, who lived from 45 to 120 AD, was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist.  He studied maths and wrote philosophy.  But I was never told at school that, being a very moral man, he said that animals deserve respect and should be treated with ethical consideration.  He wrote

“We declare, then, that it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature.  For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body.”

history colouring book

I didn’t know that the ancient people of Mississippi – the Choctaw, Chicksaw, Muscogee and Cherokee tribes – before the Europeans came over and messed things up, lived on a diet of fruit and vegetables including stew containing corn, pumpkin and beans; bread made from corn and acorns; and corn porridge or roasted corn.  Eating meat in the form of small birds or animals was very rare; even their clothes were made of plant fibres such as cotton, which they embroidered, and they never put feathers in their hair.  Their shelters were made from wood, mud and bark.  They respected animals, as illustrated in a Cherokee legend which describes humans, plants and animals living together in the beginning in “equality and mutual helpfulness”.

history colouring book

history colouring book

history colouring book

history colouring book

history colouring book

history colouring book

It’s so wonderful to read about these inspirational people throughout history, who were compassionate to humans and other animals.  And colouring them in is so relaxing.  The brief bios are all fully referenced at the bottom of each page so the reader can verify and read more about each person if they wish.

Children should be taught about the ethics these people lived by.  It is so wrong to omit it from mainstream school history lessons.  When you see how many times it happens, ie with how many historical vegetarians, you cannot help but realise that this omission is deliberate.  And it makes me angry when I remember how my children were made to feel, being the only veg*ns in class.  They should have been told what great names stood shoulder to shoulder with them.

This book is brilliant.  Nice people from history: who wouldn’t want to learn about them?

Recommended Reading: FRUITS – A Caribbean counting poem

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

We love this book!

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

It’s so perfect!  Full of vibrant colour and light.

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

Valerie Bloom’s happy, funny poem is gorgeously illustrated by David Axtell.

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

Every page is full of delicious mischief and tasty, sweet, juicy fruit.

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

The rhyming story is told in the first person from the point of view of a delightfully naughty little girl who loves fruit and eats as much as she can get her hands on while teaching little sis how to get it without getting caught.

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

The written-in Caribbean accent naturally adds sunshine to the words and you really feel like you’re inside the head of big sis; which makes you as eager as she to taste all those juicy fruits.

Fruits - a Caribbean counting poem

I probably shouldn’t show any more, wouldn’t want to spoil the ending 😉 You really should get down to the library and borrow this wonderful book (or get your own copy) – especially if you’ve got a little one who’s learning to count.

Highly highly recommended 😀

Ode to Spike Milligan

1 Spike and me

Silly Verse FOR KIDS by Spike Milligan was one of my favourites as a child (I saved up for it with my pocket money and bought it from the village shop) and I still love it.  So I decided to make something similar, full of funny, quirky poems: HUMANS ARE NOT OMNIVORES [poems your teacher might not like] (I decided not to beat around the bush with the title!)

Spike Milligan was a brilliantly irreverent vegetarian comedian and author who died in 2002 at the age of 83.  He campaigned against factory farming and vivisection and was once thrown out of Harrods for trying to stuff 28lb of spaghetti down the mouth of the food hall manager because they sold pate de foie gras.

“I told him it might give him some idea of how a goose feels being force-fed maize” he said.

children's poems

I modelled our new book on his, making it the same size and the same layout, so it’s only a little one – just 11cm x 18cm.

children's poems

children's poems

children's poems

children's poems

His is a Puffin book, published by Penguin.  Ours is a Little Chicken book, published by Violet’s Vegan Comics 😉

children's poems

And both are full of quirky, eccentric, funny poems for kids like ‘Mary Pugh’, above or a selection from Wacky Verse, examples below 😀

children's poems

children's poems

children's poems

children's poems

I hope Spike would have liked it.  I hope you like it too.

All you kids who are sick of being told at school that humans are omnivores – this one is for you! 😀 😀 😀

Giveaway Number 4 Winner!

giveaway 4 winner

The fourth and final Honestly Books giveaway draw has taken place and the winner is B Mackela!  Congratulations Bill – you have been twice lucky 😀 and How many friends could a Bibbolybob make if a Bibbolybob came to Earth? [The Little Edition] by Edward Benn and Juliet Mahoney will be on its way to you very soon.

We hope you enjoy it 😀

So that’s it for the Honestly Books giveaways.  Thank you to everyone at Honestly Books for donating those to us, and to everyone who entered the draws.

We highly recommend Honestly Books to anyone looking for lovely books for children for Christmas and we hope our winners will thoroughly enjoy their prize[s] 😀