Harmony on the Farm

July 23rd, 2012 · 5 Comments · Books

Review By JACQUELINE BODNAR

For those parents who want a good message regarding our relationship with animals, Harmony on the Farm makes a solid choice. The book follows Harmony, a young girl, who visits her grandparents’ farm. Only the farm is really more of a sanctuary, because her grandparents are vegetarian and the animals will live out their lives peacefully on the farm.

After befriending each of the animals, it’s time for Harmony to visit the grocery store with her mother. There, she asks questions about what hamburger and bacon are. The story provided a refreshingly honest look at the subject, as her mother gives her straight answers about where such products originate. When Harmony learns the truth about meat, she decides to become a vegetarian, and her parents are supportive and embrace it, as well.

Harmony on the Farm is a great book for vegetarian and vegan families, as well as for anyone wanting to help children learn about having compassion for animals. It’s a nice story and sets a good example. After reading this book with my two elementary-age children, who both enjoyed it, my daughter exclaimed that Harmony “made the right choice in becoming vegetarian.”

Ages 3 to 7. A review copy was provided by the author.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • Jenn Kali

    Thanks for the review! It sounds wonderful. I just add this book to my wish list.

  • Jen

    Sounds like a great book! It’s really nice to hear stories about children who are working through things *and* supportive adults!

  • peace

    I work at a public library. Thanks to your wonderful reviews, I can get ideas about books I’d like to purchase for our collection…like this one! We have several vegetarian families who visit our library, too.

  • Jessica

    Peace, that’s amazing! So happy to hear that you find the reviews helpful, and it’s nice to know there are librarians who seek out veg-friendly books.

  • Jessica

    Here is a link to a review of the book on Goodreads; I’m not sure if this review is by the same Peace who commented here, but it’s very good, if anyone’s interested in another perspective, and a comparison with some classic books for veg kids: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/378343126

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