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
The book was written for children, and the illustrations
are magically unique. You can see examples of them by
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
Purchased an autographed copy directly from Ruby:
"The purpose of art is washing the
dust of daily life off our souls."
- Pablo Picasso