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That's Why We Don't Eat Animals - review

Why? This is Why!

"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A flower will push through a crack in the sidewalk in order to feel the sun. A penguin will march thousands of miles for food in order to feed her babies. The thunderous roar of a lion protects his family from danger near and far. Whether it has gills, wings, whiskers, or roots, every living being shares the will to live and grow. That's why we don't eat animals.

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The above paragraph was written by Ruby Roth and are the opening words of her new book, "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."

The book was written for children, and the illustrations are magically unique. You can see examples of them by visiting:

The exceptional illustrations of dog and cat and outstretched cat's paws are more whimsical than any done by Walt Disney illustrators. The first page made me smile with the happiness of a six-year-innocent, for whom this book was intended. I ask myself while reading the book, was this done for a child, or for an adult child like myself? It is a book for mother and son, father and daughter, teacher and student to marvel at together. It is a great book for great grandmothers to connect multiple generations with peace and healing. It is a book for a grandfather to show just how in touch with things he really is. We Don't Eat Animals is more than a book. It is a movement. It is an extension of where the sidewalk ends, and a positive substitute for saying goodnight to the moon.

Can the drawings get better than these?

I answer my question by turning the page and laugh aloud at the pigs and cows, turkeys and geese, farmed animals whose spirits are eloquently expressed so as to make them impossible to be eaten; creatures worthy of human reverence.

The caged ducks and chickens and pigs; the insects and monkeys and fields of vegetables and fruit; all of these living systems are illustrated so whimsically that words become unnecessary for a child. We experience through Ruby Roth's creativity that each young and old reader is part of the dynamic creation which we call planet earth.

Purchased an autographed copy directly from Ruby: "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso

Robert Cohen

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