Meatless? – Owlkids

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By Sarah Elton and Julie McLaughlin

From 8 to 12 | 48 pages

Humans are eating more meat than ever before. At the same time, vegetarianism is capturing more widespread attention. From Meatless Mondays to vegan options, people are talking more about meat and whether or not to eat it.

Journalist Sarah Elton tackles the topic by explaining what vegetarianism is, why people choose it, and how their reasons—including religion, animal rights, food security, and the environmental cost of eating meat—have changed over time. The book closes with practical tips for making the switch, and perspectives from vegetarian kids.

As a conflicted meat eater herself, Elton encourages freedom to choose. Lively illustrations, sidebars, and sources, plus a glossary, index, and further reading suggestions make this a friendly, comprehensive introduction to why some people eat meat, why others don't, and what kids might consider when making that choice for themselves.Sarah Elton, Julie McLaughlin
"Take[s] a look related issues with great success. ...Using a straightforward approach, the author delivers a text that is both engaging and insightful." - Quill & Quire
"Clear and kid-friendly... Great for discussions of health, diet, and the environment." - School Library Journal
"This even-handed, supportive, and well-written examination of food choice will fill a gap in many nonfiction collections." - Booklist
"The author's balanced approach to this topic is broad and yet includes specifics that would relate to a wide audience of readers... Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
"Nonjudgmental... Colourful, cartoonish illustrations complement the text of this accessible took for those considering non-meat lifestyle choices... Recommended." - School Library Connection
"This text is interesting and thought provoking, presenting many points of view. It should certainly lead to lively discussion." - Resource Links
"Whether reading for research or looking to make a lifestyle change, this book will provide readers with ample information." - Green Teacher
Silver Birch Non-Fiction, 2018
Fall 2017 Best Books for Kids and Teens,
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, 2018
Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's 2018 Information Book Award, 2018
Norma Fleck Award,
Hackmatack Award, 2019

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