This year, experience the holidays with a story of love, peace, and compassion! Meet Dana, a forthright and fun-loving reindeer who lives in the Arctic. On Christmas Eve, she meets Santa Claus, who has come looking for reindeer to pull his sleigh. Dana gently opens Santa s eyes to how we can be more kind to animals. Together they take off on a journey around the world, spreading far more than holiday cheer and giving far more than presents. By the time the sun rises on Christmas Day, things will never be the same!
Written by Robin Raven and illustrated by Kara Maria Schunk, Santa's First Vegan Christmas challenges the traditional Christmas narrative. It presents a new meaning to Santa's kindness, which extends to all animals as well as all people. As the very first vegan children's book that is Christmas-themed, reading it just may become a welcome holiday tradition.
Robin Raven is an author, actress, and activist. Santa's First Vegan Christmas is her debut children's book. With over a decade of experience contributing to magazines, newspapers, books, and websites, she has a passion for sharing news and views. When she’s not writing, Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal.
Here's what others have to say about the book:
“In Santa’s First Vegan Christmas, the story’s heroine, Dana the Reindeer, speaks an important truth: “We can all be more kind.” Even Santa Claus, an emblem of kindness and generosity, can do better. In this skillful revision of the traditional Christmas story, reindeers are not background characters whose purpose is to pull Santa’s sleigh. Instead, author Robin Raven brings animals to the forefront as sentient individuals with their own interests and needs. This whimsical and beautifully illustrated book will plant seeds of compassion in children, as it demonstrates the importance of standing up for what is right and extending kindness to all. Raven’s story exemplifies a shift in consciousness, a transformation in the way we regard other animals. By teaching us to question, rather than merely accept cultural norms, this timely tale sets the stage for a revision of all traditions in which animals are abused, and encourages us to live more compassionately.” - Gene Baur, President of Farm Sanctuary and author
“This little nugget of goodness is sure to enlighten the spirits of little readers everywhere; it's a wonderful read, and it seeds a lovelier world to come!” - Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Veganist
“Santa's First Vegan Christmas is a sweet vision of what the world could be with loving kindness and a little help from vegans, animal rescuers, and of course, Santa! May all beings everywhere be peaceful, happy, and free.” - Lorri Houston, Co-founder, Farm Sanctuary
"Santa's First Vegan Christmas is a delightfully illustrated book that will encourage children to think about all animals at Christmas time.” - Peter Singer, widely considered to the father of the modern animal rights movement
“Santa's First Vegan Christmas is a holiday jewel that is sure to inspire and help guide children of all ages to greater compassion and understanding. Beautiful full-color illustrations delight the eyes while poetic lines unfold a new version of Clement Moore’s Christmas classic.” --Dr. Will Tuttle, best-selling author
"Robin Raven has created a tale filled with the true meaning of Christmas: peace, joy, and compassion toward all." - Mark Hawthorne, author of A Vegan Ethic
“Perception is everything--and Robin Raven and Kara Maria Schunk take readers on a joyful Christmas adventure with the goal of shaking up a few holiday perceptions. With gorgeous illustrations (Schunk), Raven creates a Christmas where sentient beings are honored and respected. As all creatures should be. A must read for children and adults alike.” - Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestseller.
“Quick-witted, radically kind, delightfully illustrated, this gem by author Robin Raven and artist Kara Maria Schunk reveals other animals’ own destinies by way of a holiday classic, unharnessed. As reindeer were the first animals to be domesticated, Santa's First Vegan Christmas is a redemption some sixteen thousand years in coming. A splendid gift with a transcendent message for a young reader.”
--Lee Hall, author of On Their Own Terms: Animal Liberation for the 21st Century.
“Santa’s First Vegan Christmas is really cute and a great angle on the Santa and reindeer story. I really love the ending!” -Kip Anderson, Co-director of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
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