So pleased to find this blog of vegan-message-themed comics and poems for all audiences! Here’s a page devoted to comics especially written For Little Ones.
One of my favourites is“Where Are You Going, Deirdre?” It is based on the true story of a brave mother who risked her life to hide her calf in order to keep him from the farmer. Through colourful illustrations and kid-friendly dialogue, we see a young human learn the sad truth of what happens to the infants dairy cows are forced to birth. The story ends happily, with the girl helping the farmer understand that the baby belongs with his mum, and deciding to turn his farm into a sanctuary. Children wonder:
- Is it sometimes okay to take something that doesn’t belong to you if you think you need it? Why or why not? [If children say yes, explore the difference between taking something without hurting anyone very badly – e.g. a mother who steals bread to feed her children – vs. physically harming someone, killing, or separating families.]
- What is the difference between want and need? [Younger children could make contrast posters or pages in their Philosophy Journals with pictures or words showing Want on one side and Need on the other.]
- Is it possible to love animals and hurt them at the same time? What does it mean to love?
- Many people do things they know are wrong because everyone they know does it too, and this makes it even harder to stop. Why is it so difficult to break habits? If lots of people do something harmful together, does it make it less bad? Why or why not?
- Do we have a responsibility to help others/our friends make compassionate decisions? Why or why not?
The poem“Nature Returns” envisions Earth after humanity. Through beautiful personification and vivid imagery of the Earth “stretching” to recover from what people have done to her, the poem opens important questions about our impact on and responsibility to the Earth:
- Does the Earth belong to people? Explain your answer.
- What does it mean to take care of the Earth?
- Have you ever wondered if plants have an awareness of what is happening to them?
- If a forest doesn’t know what is happening to it, does it make it okay to destroy it? Why or why not?
- Does nature have inherent value [for itself, not for someone else]? Why or why not/explain.
When you finish reading a comic or poem, check out Violet’s section on Things to Make And Do to get creative or get out of the house.
Let me know what your favourite poem or story is and how you discussed it in the comments below!