Today marks the release of Ned’s New Home (Tricycle Press, 2009), a children’s book aimed at the preschool set from artist and author Kevin Tseng. The story follows the journey of New Worm as he searches for a place to live after his apple begins to rot. Ned’s New Home is the best sort of children’s book—it’s whimsical without being too precious, it’s a simple story yet layered enough that you’ll notice new things on subsequent reads, and it has its teaching moment without being obvious. My kids, who love to help out in the garden, are partial to the inside-the-cover illustrations that tell the apple’s life cycle story visually. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that such a thoughtful effort comes from an artist who happens to be a vegan.