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Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon [Paperback]

By Jules Bass, Debbie Harter (Illustrator), Eduardo Peters (Compiler), Eugenia Pallares (Compiler), Ana Ezcurra (Compiler), Ray Lai (Illustrator), Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas
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When the knights of Castle Dark declare war on the dragons of Nogard, Herb, a peace-loving vegetarian dragon, convinces the others to stop killing and eating the townspeople.

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Barefoot Books
ISBN  1905236476  
ISBN13  9781905236473  

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More About Jules Bass, Debbie Harter, Eduardo Peters, Eugenia Pallares, Ana Ezcurra, Ray Lai, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bass is the "Bass" in Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment, New York, producers of such films as The Hobbit. His work as a children's writer/songwriter and producer/director has been seen in feature films, television, and recordings.

Jules Bass currently resides in the state of New York.

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A feast for the eyes and the heart  Aug 12, 2008
A wonderful story about accepting and tolerating others that are different. Although my family is not vegetarian, we have many friends who are. This book tells the delightful story of a vegetarian dragon in a carniverous world. Bright, colorful illustrations will have children's eyes glued to the pages and the lively story has a perfect, feel good ending. If you are vegetarian, or just want your kids to be more accepting of other people's life choices, this is the perfect book.
Cute idea but not well executed  Aug 10, 2008
Cute idea for a story, but unfortunately not very well executed. The illustrations are nice, but the text is extremely long for a picture book. I also wasn't a huge fan of how blatantly moralistic some of the text was, and *I'm* a vegetarian! Example: "I don't ask you to stop eating meat, so why do you ask me to stop eating vegetables?"
Herb the vegetarian dragon.  Feb 13, 2008
Excellent!!! great illustrations, lovely story line and humorous too. Children & adults will love this one!
Great Book!   May 14, 2007
I recently purchased this book for 3 and 6 year old boys. They both are thoroughly entranced by the story. The vocabulary is great and the message of tolerance is one that we can build upon in discussions about the book.

Highly Recommended!
Honestly, its not my kind of book  Mar 1, 2006
I'll start off by saying I like this book for many reason. But I will also say it was NOT what I expected. As my child grew I began searching for vegetrian themed books with a positive simple message. This book is much aclaimed and I bought this with the intention of reading together with my 5 year old. When I got it and flipped through it I saw how nicely eye catching that art was. The colors are vivid and the art work is still some of my favorite. And overall this book does TRY to protray a good message about excepting others, getting along, and being yourself (not just being vegetarian), which is nice. However it is a rather odd story, where the dragons eat people, and the people want "death" for any dragon they can find. Which is what happens, they set out in search of the dragons to capture and kill one to set an example to the other dragons...but they only end up finding the peace loving, vegetarian dragon named herb.

I suppose what supprised me so much was the amount of anger in the book..all be it just a book there is a lot of fighting and mean dragons and mean people and insults/name calling thrown in there.
The lead dragons name is Meathook (eeeew..good thing most 5 year olds don't know what those are), they show herb tied up with a big ax about to chop off his head (not very pleasant mental image let alone something I would like to read to a child.) and I was most suprised at the part in the book where meathook comes to free herb but only if he eats some boar meat and "becomes one of us". This part really portrayed non-vegitarians as shallow and I think that the underlying tone through the book of the people and dragons portrays anyone who eats meat as "bad" throughout the book, which the quick ending of everyone getting along cannot undo. (another example of this is the meat eatting dragons are all pretty much mindless in the book, just doing whatever their leader says, and the meat eating people were going to cut herb the dragons head off, stuff it, and put it at their castles gate to teach others a "lesson".) and the little girl who saved herb had no problem condeming the other dragons "thats one of the meateaters shouted the little girl."

I think this book had good intentions but the writter could not write it from a fair standpoint, while yes its good to show kids to stand up for what you believe in even under peer preassure, I really couldn't believe that they even threw that in there the way they did,..let alone the image of dripping blood from the boar leg.

I am not writting all of this to say the book is good or bad, thats your choice to decide. While I will most likely give this book to my child eventually there are many vegetarian kids books I have encountered for younger and older children which far surpass this book.

I agree with others on here that the recommended age level is off. I think it should be ages 8 and up (though it may be a bit of a simple read for them.) I will give this to my child and he will probably enjoy it (especially since he likes dragons already) but I will be waiting until he's older. Generally I perfer to purchase non-violent books.

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