Written by: Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Illustrator: Katherina Manolessou
It seems like in today's world each family eats very differently. We have friends that are vegan, paleo, vegetarian, meat-atrians, gluten-free, and primal. Those are just the ones I remember! Our family likes to enjoy a diet that is rich in organic food and we have an organic garden with tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, basil and mint. This might differ from your family. Guess what? That's okay.
I was sent T-Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur and this book shares about a dinosaur that is different from his friends and family. He is doesn't eat meat. In the beginning he feels left out and sad. His friends poke fun at the foods he eats so he decides to leave. The friends realize he is gone and how much they missed him. The talk about his good qualities and go off to find him. The end up all back together and the friends realize they were not nice and supportive.
Reginald’s a T. Rex just as fierce and ferocious as the rest: he’s got a mighty roar, gnashing teeth, and all the speed a dino could need. But when it comes to mealtime, Reg would rather chow down on broccoli, beans, and greens than the juicy steaks his paleo pals prefer. When Reginald realizes how different he is from the others, he hopes to find a place to fit in among the herbivores. He excitedly strikes out in search of a new herd, only to scare away the other dinosaurs as he charges to greet them. But when a falling boulder threatens the safety of Reg’s old T. Rex clan, he’ll show everyone what only a strong, vegetarian Tyrannosaurs rex can do. A celebration of vegetarianism, T. Veg is a rollicking laugh-out-loud tale about being unapologetically yourself.
This book is all about acceptance. We are all a little different but that isn't a reason to make fun or not be friendly. Sometimes our differences can be our strength! I love how this book talks about healthy foods and eating but also about kindness and acceptance. It is really wonderful. The bright colors of red, purple and green really pop off the page drawing you into the story. Of course, my son loves dinosaurs so he was happy to have a book with a T-Rex as the star!
You can get your copy at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.
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