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by Roberta Kalechofsky

eBook A Boy, a Chicken, and the Lion of Judah: How Ari Becoame a Vegetarian ePub
Author: Roberta Kalechofsky
Language: English
ISBN: 0916288390
ISBN13: 978-0916288396
Publisher: Micah Pubns; UK ed. edition (March 1, 1995)
Pages: 45
Category: Children's Cookbooks
Subcategory: Children
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 288
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ePub file: 1784 kb
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A Boy, a Chicken & the Lion of Judah is a big-hearted little book that presents young readers with a region .

A Boy, a Chicken & the Lion of Judah is a big-hearted little book that presents young readers with a region and culture with which they may be unfamiliar (Israel), and also offers some important and realistic modeling of finding your own path in life, growing up, and making choices. It also offers some commensuration for kids who may be thinking about becoming vegetarians, and the parents who may not always understand. Shelves: israel, judaism, veganism.

by Roberta Kalechofsky. Through watching these birds, Ari decides to become a vegetarian. Micah Publications, In. Marblehead, Mass. The vegetarian cause is buttressed by many powerful facts and statistics relating the production and consumption of animal products to human diseases, the mistreatment of animals, the destruction of ecosystems, the waste of resources, and spreading hunger.

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Roberta Kalechofsky (born May 11, 1931) is an American writer, feminist and animal rights activist, focusing on the issue of. .

Roberta Kalechofsky (born May 11, 1931) is an American writer, feminist and animal rights activist, focusing on the issue of animal rights within Judaism and the promotion of vegetarianism within the Jewish community. She is the founder of Jews for Animal Rights and runs Micah Publications or Micah Books, which specializes in the publication of animal-rights, Jewish vegetarian, and Holocaust literature. She is married to Robert Kalechofsky, a retired mathematics professor from Salem State University. We went to a vegetarian Theosophical camp every year, and found the food was good. The author of Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb gives us also this inspiring and heart-warming book for children, the story of a very young Israeli who decides not to eat flesh-"not for his own health but for the health of the chickens," to paraphrase that great Jewish vegetarian prophet, Isaac Bashevis Singer. I had heard that people on a vegetarian diet were more open psychically and spiritually, which sounded very appealing to me. I dropped meat after the 1985 camp and scarcely missed it. I also stopped serving it to my family.

How Ari Became A Vegetarian. By Roberta Kalechofsky. A Boy, A Chicken and The Lion of Judah is an intelligent, adventurous, and beautifully written book. Although it is specially intended for young people seven to fourteen years old, it really is a book for all ages. Jewish Vegetarians of North America.

PDF Roberta Kalechofsky (born May 11, 1931) is an American writer, feminist and animal rights activist, focusing on.

PDF Roberta Kalechofsky (born May 11, 1931) is an American writer, feminist and animal rights activist, focusing on the issue of animal rights within.ISBN 16288-45-5 Kalechofsky, Roberta. She is the founder of Jews for Animal Rights and runs Micah Publications, which specializes in the publication of animal-rights and vegetarian literature.

Although his parents are understanding and involved in conserving the plants and animals near their home in the Negev desert, nine-year-old Ari does not know how to tell them that he does not want to eat meat anymore.
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A Boy, A Chicken and The Lion of Judah

How Ari Became A Vegetarian

By Roberta Kalechofsky

Micah Publications ([email protected])

Young People's Fiction with illustrations, ages 7-14

Softcover 50 pages

Review by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

"The problem had begun for him when he was about four and he had asked Ima where the chicken on his plate came from."

Ima, the young boy's mother, said that it came from the chickens living in the barn. Her reply marks the beginning of a deep personal resistance movement for nine-year-old Ari, who lives in the Negev Highlands, in Israel, with his parents.

Ari's parents are active conservationists who farm organically and work to protect the environment and wildlife, while showing no concern for the animals they eat. Ari wonders why they attend protest demonstrations to save the earth, yet never protest the cruel chicken house or the treatment of geese to make pate de foie gras. "His parents, he noticed, thought about many things, but not about these things."

For Ari it is dreadful to eat something that was once a living, "frightened creature." His morality is rooted in his perception of the difference between "the birds who were free and the birds who were not free."

"He noticed that the birds who were free were always beautiful, their feathers were soft and silky and brilliant with color, their wings opened like fans as they mounted the air with confidence and song. He loved to watch the birds in the air. Their migration patterns were like paintings in the sky, moving pictures against the blue air as the birds jockied for their different places and lined up behind their leader, predetermined by the forces of sun and wind and light to make this journey. The journey was part of their being. A cage was a terrible thing."

Unlike these birds, the chickens kept for meat and eggs smell bad, cannot move in their cages, make "low moaning sounds," and stare with "gloomy eyes." And then there is Ari's beloved hen, Tk Tk, named for her quiet clucking. Tk Tk is clean, soft, independent, and loving. She often sits on the porch step with Ari making sweet sounds that come "from deep inside her breast, deep under her feathers, deep inside a well of animal happiness."

Ari asks his mother, were there different kinds of chickens?

"Ima said there were. `A chicken that you eat and a chicken that's a pet are two

different kinds of animals.'

"`Does the cage make them different?' Ari asked.

"The question disturbed Ima. `Not exactly,' she said."

Ari ponders the difference in his parents' attitude towards Tk Tk, the chickens in the cages, and the millions of migratory birds - storks, pelicans, eagles, kestrels - whose ancient route across the Negev is threatened by the government's plan to build a radio station in the Arad Valley. These are the "birds in the air that people admired and wanted to protect." Ari wonders "why his parents felt so strongly about the birds of the air, and did not seem to care at all about the chickens in the cages."

Their answers are evasive, and Ari suffers a "secret misery" that keeps him from being happy, His pain becomes a family matter when he starts washing his meat with water at the table before eating. He scarcely understands his compulsion, but persists in doing it, even when his visiting Grandma Ellie from New York taunts him about his "disgusting habit" and does everything she can to make him feel even worse than he already does about hurting his parents and becoming a weakling if he does not eat meat.

Although Ari's parents have always encouraged their son's quest for moral independence, they never dreamed where their teachings might lead. Ari finds unexpected support from them, however, and even from his "henpecked" grandfather; but the most astonishing revelation is that his teacher, Ms. Greenblatt, is a vegetarian and that her brother Yossi, the famous soccer player, is a vegetarian, too. Ms. Greenblatt washes away Ari's fears so that he no longer has to wash the blood out of his food or be defensive when baited by his classmate, Yonatan, who thinks that being big and being strong are the same.

When Ari tells Ms. Greenblatt that he informed his mother he did not want to eat meat, she praises him. "Good. So now you own your own stomach." This idea becomes Ari's "personal truth."

Kalechofsky dedicated A Boy, A Chicken and the Lion of Judah to her son, Hal," "whose parents did not understand," and "to other parents who might also miss the clues." Ari's practice of washing his meat is based on Hal's childhood habit. Only years later did Kalechofsky learn that her son always hated meat. Now a vegetarian herself, she sees washing the meat as a purification ritual designed to wash away every sign of blood from the flesh so as not to feel there was ever any life in it.

A Boy, A Chicken and The Lion of Judah is an intelligent, adventurous, and beautifully written book. Although it is specially intended for young people seven to fourteen years old, it really is a book for all ages.

Review by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns ([...])
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The vegetarian cause is buttressed by many powerful facts and statistics relating the production and consumption of animal products to human diseases, the mistreatment of animals, the destruction of ecosystems, the waste of resources, and spreading hunger. While arguments based on this data are valuable and have undoubtedly contributed to convincing some people to becoming vegetarians, progress has been slow, and the vast majority of people still eat animal-centered diets. Wee also need other approaches, such as books that show the personal aspects of vegetarianism, that appeal to our emotions as well as to our intellect, and that help to overcome the rationalizations that people use to justify their dietary habits.
Roberta Kalechofsky's A Boy, A Chicken, and The Lion of Judah - How Ari Became a Vegetarian is such a book. It provides a powerful vegetarian message while probing the human condition. Although I have read many books on vegetarianism, this is the only one that brought tears to my eyes. This occurred as often during my second reading as during my first reading.
Ari, a nine year old boy who lives in the Negev Highlands in Israel with his parents, has a "secret misery", and initially there is no one to answer his questions or to understand his wretchedness. Because of the strong bond that he has developed with his pet hen, Tk Tk, Ari has decided that he wants to become a vegetarian, but he hesitates to tell his parents to avoid hurting their feelings. He wonders how his parents can be so actively involved in protest demonstrations to protect the environment, and yet be so oblivious to the daily cruelty in the nearby chicken coop and the treatment of geese when their livers are fattened to make pate de fois gras. He doesn't understand how they can be so concerned about saving "the birds in the air" while serving the chickens that were raised in cages for dinner. He doesn't comprehend his "purification ritual" of washing meat in a saucer before eating it, an activity that his grandmother, who is convinced that Ari needs to eat meat in order to be "strong and healthy", considers a "disgusting habit". Ari suffers because he doesn't have what psychoanalyst Erich Fromm called a "socially patterned defect" that would have enabled him to be like almost everyone else, blind to the moral inconsistencies related to their diets.
How Ari discovers others who are vegetarians, overcomes his aloneness and alienation, comes to "own his own stomach", gains his parents' understanding, and much more, is told with sensitivity and compassion in this wonderful book. Readers will be left with much to ponder with regard to their eating habits and their relationships with other people and non-human animals. While the book is aimed at children 7 to 10 years of age, based on my experience and the responses of other adults that I have shared it with, How Ari Became a Vegetarian provides adventurous, thought-provoking reading for people of all ages.
Ghile
This is ostensibly a children's book aimed at readers between say, 10- and 14-years old. I'm quite a bit older than that and I still really appreciated it.

Roberta Kalechofsky is a gifted writer and in this book captures the idiosyncrasies of a youth's behavior and perspective.
Her depiction of chickens is equally adept.

This book is specifically targeted toward young readers who want to stop consuming animals in a carnivorous household. To that end, it's an inspiring coming-of-age story. But the story will also resonate with any vegetarian or vegan who has struggled with disapproving relatives and peers.
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