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Study Guide 

(To be used in conjunction with the reading of the book, Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon.) 
Explore the effects of peer pressure on children who are being brought up as vegetarians. 

-Points for the teacher to consider: 

1. Parents who are too strict, without regard to the child's need for social acceptance, may inadvertently discourage their child from healthy eating attitudes as he or she becomes more independent. 

2. Vegetarianism is much more than not eating meat.  It can be explored to greater depths depending upon a parent's (teacher's) time, inclination, and resources.  A child is sure to be asked: "Why are you a vegetarian?"  and will surely ask that same question of him or her self. 

3. When children enter school they are inundated with cultural attitudes toward food.  The school child quickly learns that certain foods and/or combinations of foods are considered strange.  

4. Under peer pressure a child may reject foods that seem unusual. 

-Here are some possibilities for class discussion: 

1. Let's make a list of "strange" foods. Ask for suggestions. 
2. Make another list of foods you (class)  like. Explore why? 
3. A list of foods students don't like.  Explore why? 
4. Make a list of foods class thinks are "good" for you 
5. Make a list of foods you think are "bad" for you 
6. Explore lists. Why good?  Why bad? 
7. Who knows what the word nutrition means? 
8. Definition of words: Herbavore and Carnivore. 
Book analogies: 

-When class has read the book, ask: What they learned? 
Query individual students: "Can you think of someone you don't like because they are different from yourself?"                                                             
Lecture focus: 

Accepting other people means walking a fine line between appreciating them for who they are and being open to new ideas - while still standing up for your own values. 
-Ask: How does Herb stand up for his own values? 

Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon stands up for his own values by refusing to accept Meathook's offer of freedom in exchange for becoming carnivorous (a meat eater) like all the other dragons.  While Herb is willing to be friendly with the others and considerate of their ways they are not willing to let him be "different." 


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