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Animal-Friendly Books and Movies for Children

Off of the top of my head, here are some animal-friendly books and movies that can be used as a spring board to talk to kids about vegetarianism, or make veg*n kids feel good about their diets:

Books:
Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass-not for kids who are too young. It takes a while to get there, but the message is that meat eaters and veg people can live in harmony even if they don't agree on diet

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting-sounds suspicious, but don't worry, the turkey doesn't get eaten

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey-comical, and the kids end up saving turkeys from a farm and having a veg thanksgiving at the end

Turk and Runt by Richard Jackson-Two turkey brothers on a farm who outsmart a lady who wants to buy and eat them

Benji Bean Sprout Doesn't Eat Meat by Sarah Rudy-a vegetarian boy who gets teased at school-it all ends well

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (not ALL of it, but there is a poem called "Point of View" that speaks of dinner from the animals' point of view)

Friendship for Three by first graders of Samuel Nixon School-a story about a bird who is injured by a hunter and how his animal friends help him out

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White-see below

It's OK to be Different-by Todd Parr-the title says it all

Movies/TV:

Finding Nemo* my all time favorite!!!  Uses the PETA slogan, "fish are friends, not food!" and shows the evils of the commercial fishing industry

Babe-a talking Pig who learns that his only purpose is to be eaten-will he ever prove them wrong! ** Babe 2 is HORRIBLE and I don't recommend it. We walked out the movie half way through at the theater

Charlotte's Web-I am sure you are familiar with the book and movie about a spider who saves a pig from being eaten. It will bring you to tears!

Ice Age-a tale that equates humans and animals on the same level and shows their compassion toward each other

Teen Titans-a cartoon with a vegetarian superhero-not much else good I can say, but my son loves it

Over the Hedge-not the best movie, but a great message of how urban sprawl affects animals and their habitats-I liked it!

Shark Tales-not a huge fan, but the lead shark is a vegetarian

Bambi- you know the story! Those evil hunters!

Chicken Run-a group of chickens tries to learn to fly to avoid being turned into chicken pot pies

Wallace and Grommet-although there is a lot of cheese eatin' going on, the 2 main characters are trying to get a town to use human methods to help with the rabbit overpopulation. Anyway, I think it was Follow your Heart Cheese they were eating ;)

Heck, adults like these too!
Add to the list if you can think of more. I am always trying to find things to expose my son to so that he doesn't feel so alone. Seems to be working! He has never once complained of being a veg*n kid!

One day, I will write and illustrate my own book aimed at kids about vegetarianism......

Teen Titans-a cartoon with a vegetarian superhero-not much else good I can say, but my son loves it

I love this show too  ::)
It has good writing actually, continuing plot lines, and inside jokes for adults. 
On of the best episodes is about Killer TOFU from outer space- NUFU.  8)

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I am glad to hear that! I rented it from the library for him and didn't pay much attention to it. Glad he is getting some good TV time in!  :)  Thanks!

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Also:  Victor the Vegetarian  and its sequel Victor's Picnic with the Animals

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I can recommend the animated movie "Barnyard".  You have to overlook the silliness of male cows who have udders; the producers/writer/director know male bovine don't have them but thought it was funny that so many people in the production process kept pointing it out, they made sure it stayed in.  But the farm is run by a vegan (the animals discuss this and how lucky they are at one point.)  The farm seems very much like the Farm Sanctuaries I've read about!  It's also very funny and some of the humor comes at the expense of animal abusers!  I loved this movie! 

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The old series of the Wombles is out on DVD...the episodes are short, and it is aimed at the younger set, but the Wombles are all vegetarian of course (actually vegan, since they don't have access to eggs or milk on Wimbledon Common!) and there's a lot of good info recycling and reusing. Those of us who were kids in the 70's still love it..."Underground, overground, Wombling free..."

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This isn't really about kids and vegetarianism, but I think it is beautiful and will help really young kids see and talk about the foods they can eat.  It shows many different kinds of fruits and vegetables and many different kinds of animals (not just your standard kids book favorites apple/banana/orange or cat/dog).  Plus, the photography and "sculpture" is gorgeous. 

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Thought-Joost-Elffers/dp/0439110181/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-3015230-1901661?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1172856328&sr=8-1

From the inside of the book, these are all the foods used in the art: oranges, kumquats, rhubarb, black-eyed peas, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, portabella, enoki, and white-button mushrooms, sesame seeds, mustartd seeds, pink and green peppercorns, red grapefuit, kiwifruits, cauliflower, spaghetti squash, starfruit, apples, leek, jumbo scallion, beet juice, strawberries, black beans, lemon, black rice, damson plum, concord grape, Chinese eggplant, sweet potato, black olives, pear stems, artichokes, yellow squash, assorted pears, banas, cherries, baby pineapples, green Italian peppers, eggplants, brussles sprout, baby corn, bok choy, tomatoes, radishes, peaches, endive, assorted cucumbers, beets, celery, blueberries, onion skin, persimmon, pomegranate, mango, broccolini, papayas, snake squash, watermelon, acorn squash, asparagus, zucchini, canary melon, lady apple, nectarine, potatoes, parsley, turnips, fig, okra, daikon radish, jalapeno pepper, honeydew melon, savory cabbage. 

Whew, can't believe I typed that all in.  But, what a fun thing to do with your veg*n child (well, probably any child, but especially a veg*n one)!  It would be so much fun to look at the pictures and figure out what foods were being used to make them (some are obvious, some not so much), and then maybe go to the grocery store and try to find some of the new ones.  Of course there is also the more straightforward message of the book too: learning shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites.

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When I was a kid in NZ we had a series of books called the "Munch Bunch" and the characters were all fruits and vegetables - no veg*n theme to the stories more like general, be nice to your friends and share type messages. Anyone else heard of these?

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I'd also like to recommend the movie "Happy Feet."  My husband and I went and saw it (I love penguins!)  and it was very cute, light hearted but delivered a good message.

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O2Bveg they now have "Veggie Tales" which are cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. with stories about morals, values, etc.  There are religious and non-religious versions I believe.

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But if they make friends with their veg and fruits won't they feel bad about eating them?? Sorry, been on line too long... :D

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But if they make friends with their veg and fruits won't they feel bad about eating them?? Sorry, been on line too long... :D

I think that kids are more savvy than you give them credit for.  They can tell when a cartoon character is fantasy, a talking cucumber, for example.  I wonder if talking cartoon animals induce any sympathy toward real animals in real little kids.  I hope so but I don't have any direct experience that they do.  My niece and nephews are being raised by my brother as carnivorous foul mouthed savages! 

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But if they make friends with their veg and fruits won't they feel bad about eating them?? Sorry, been on line too long... :D

There is nothing in this world like the way my little boy loves his VeggieTales!  ;D  He would never eat a cucumber or tomato until he met Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato. He takes zucchini and a plastic knife (same plastic knife has been here for months, just can't get rid of it--it's his) and cuts up the zucchini while talking about Larry (kinda creepy to me) --then passes out pieces and tells everyone to eat some of Larry  ;D ???  It seems weird to me, but he does  eat his veggies more than ever.

Veggie Tales are religious --all of them.

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But if they make friends with their veg and fruits won't they feel bad about eating them?? Sorry, been on line too long... :D

There is nothing in this world like the way my little boy loves his VeggieTales!  ;D  He would never eat a cucumber or tomato until he met Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato. He takes zucchini and a plastic knife (same plastic knife has been here for months, just can't get rid of it--it's his) and cuts up the zucchini while talking about Larry (kinda creepy to me) --then passes out pieces and tells everyone to eat some of Larry  ;D ???  It seems weird to me, but he does  eat his veggies more than ever.

Veggie Tales are religious --all of them.

Reminds me of how the Catholics believe (so I've been told) that the communion wafer miraculously becomes an actual piece of Jesus' flesh.  I'm sorry but that still seems gross to me.  The bread at our Methodist communion still tastes like bread, thank God! 

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Why, thankyou, TinTexas! I could have gone my whole life without ever mentally going in that direction. Now, I'm really creeped out! I can't let him do that any more. . .

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Why, thankyou, TinTexas! I could have gone my whole life without ever mentally going in that direction. Now, I'm really creeped out! I can't let him do that any more. . .

Sorry :-[

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Tis okay. . .he's just a ridiculous little 4 y.o. boy in a house full of gals--I guess it's his duty to creep us out--just not with a Larryboy communion ::)

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Now look what I started...you two are too funny! :D

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This is the best poem:
(I copied it from here, but could have typed it up from memory http://users.erols.com/kmdavis/poemarchive2.html#mar)

Poem of the Month: March 2001

The Puffin
by florence jacques
There once was a puffin just the shape of a muffin,
And he lived on an island in the deep blue sea,
He ate little fishes, which were most delicious,
And he ate them for breakfast and he ate them for tea.

But this poor little puffin, he couldn't play nothin',
'Cause he didn't have no-one to play with at all.
So he sat on his island and he cried for a while, and
He felt very lonesome and he felt very small.

Then along came the fishes and they said, "If you wishes,
You can have us for playmates, instead of for tea."
Now they all play together in all kinds of weather,
And the puffin eats pancakes, like you and like me.

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Benji Bean Sprout Doesn't Eat Meat by Sarah Rudy-a vegetarian boy who gets teased at school-it all ends well

i know the benji that this book was written about.    its such a cute book too.  i think hes still vegan too.  horay!

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I know it's super commercial but I like Lazy Town as a kid's show.
Though it's not about being veg, I like that they promote eating fruits and veg to be healthy. They do NOT mention drinking MILK! Or any 'food groups' just fruit and veg! In fact, I've been meaning to write the producers to thank them for that.

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