This post is dedicated to National Vegetarian Week and was inspired by Chris Mosler a fellow blogger, who shares the most delicious vegetarian dishes over on her blog, as well as inspiring parents into the gardening with kids.
A couple of weeks ago, thanks to a Britmums meetup, I was taken into a fairyland right on my own doorstep, the Barefoot Books bookshop in Oxford. I loved it so much that I have kept on going back.
Among the many wonderful books one book in particular caught my attention- Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon. The bookshop had a special offer on for a special gift box with a little bendy Herb and the book included. I thought this would be perfect for Hugo, my knights and dragon obsessed 4 year old; an ideal way to link his soaring fantasy with the reality of gardening. A way to inspire him. I bought it.
That evening we read the story.
Next morning Hugo took the book from the shelf and started telling Max the story. This was the first time he had done something like that, even though the two do play together a lot.
Hugo came upto me and asked me to read a certain passage:
“Meathook…particularly liked the sweet taste of royal princesses, and the crispy crunch of brave knights was almost as delicious”
This just brings him out in giggles each time we read it…and we read it A LOT.
By the third evening, when it was their choice bedtime story again, they role played along: I was Meathook and the knight, Hugo was Herb and Angelina the little girl.
This has been one of those books that has grabbed the imagination of my children and, while taking them into a lovely fairytale, also teaches valuable life lessons of tolerance- and that’s not just about being a vegetarian, but about being different and accepting the differences. A message they don’t fully understand yet, but will come in useful in years to come.
If each child (and adult) living in conflict zones around the world would take on board just a fraction of the vision this book has to offer the world would be a happier place. (When I read it, I immediately thought of the Middle Eastern crisis.)
As for our bendy Herb? Well he stays hidden most of the time in Hugo’s bed, watching over him at night. Sometimes coming out to play with Meathook and some of the other dragons in the Playmobil dragon’s lair.
What inspirational books have you read recently?
Herb has inspired me to start something else new: I’ve fallen in love with Barefoot Books and have signed up to become an Ambassador, a reseller of their wonderful books. Come and visit my Barefoot Books Bookstore online and with each purchase 30% of the profits goes to The Lullaby Trust.