Naturally, when author Nathalie VanBalen contacted me and introduced me to her new childrens’ book, I was excited. There simply aren’t many books out there for kids whose parents are swimming upstream, raising them to eat and live kindly. Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice is a picture book about these quirky plush vikings —> who are passionate about, of all things, juicing. They discover that yellow spotted snails can make a nutritious supplement for juice, but the snails don’t want to be eaten! Their friend Thora urges the vikings to think about the effects of their actions.
This book does the same. It doesn’t tell children what to do. Instead, it respects the intelligence of young readers (and listeners) by asking open-ended questions and trusting them to seek out their own answers. “How does it feel to be food?” “Why do people love some animals and eat others?” These are tough questions, even for adults, to face. But children have a remarkable ability to examine and to challenge the world around them.