Lenore Finds a Friend (My Readers Level 2): A True Story from Bedlam Farm

Overview

Poor Lenore! None of the other animals at Bedlam Farm welcome her. Even Rose the border collie is too busy to play. But Lenore refuses to give up, and when she licks a grumpy ram named Brutus—right on the nose!—an unexpected friendship begins.

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Overview

Poor Lenore! None of the other animals at Bedlam Farm welcome her. Even Rose the border collie is too busy to play. But Lenore refuses to give up, and when she licks a grumpy ram named Brutus—right on the nose!—an unexpected friendship begins.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise and awards for Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm:

A New York Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book

* “This gorgeous, heartwarming book...stands out from the pack.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This is the love letter people wish they could write to their own pets.” —Booklist

“Katz’s photographs depicting the dogs’ vastly different personalities are great fun for dog lovers and a fine lesson for dog fearers. Lenore, it turns out, makes sure everyone is happy.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A highly specific, not preachy, charmer.” —The Chicago Tribune

“A beautifully photographed and clever story.” —TheExaminer.com

The New York Times Book Review
…[a] genial true tale, told through lively animal photography and sweet, descriptive text…
—Pamela Paul
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Lenore was just a puppy when she arrived at Bedlam Farm. She was lonely because the other animals (the rooster, the donkey, and others) were not friendly towards her. Rose, the other dog at the farm, was too busy herding the sheep and did not have time for Lenore. One day, Lenore tries to befriend a ram named Brutus with a kiss on the nose. The next day, she returns to kiss him again. Meanwhile, Rose is not happy because she has to round up Brutus to keep him with the rest of the flock. Despite Rose's attempts to keep Lenore away from Brutus, Lenore does not give up and the friendship between Lenore and Brutus grows. The color photographs illustrate the story of Lenore as she tries to develop friendship with the animals. The snapshots of the animals have a charming appeal. Children who love animal stories will probably enjoy reading or listening to the story. The story may be the springboard for a discussion about how to initiate friendships. Readers may also be familiar with the author's earlier book, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Lenore the black Lab befriends a cranky ram named Brutus in another entry in the popular streak of recent stories focusing on unlikely animal pals. Katz continues to chronicle life on his farm in upstate New York with his second book for children, following Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm (2011). When Lenore arrives at the farm as a boisterous puppy, she tries to engage Rose, the border collie who herds the sheep of Bedlam Farm. Rose ignores Lenore, so the puppy buddies up to Brutus the ram, giving him "kisses" on his nose and following him around the farm. At first, Rose tries to intervene, but eventually she accepts Lenore as part of the farm family. Though the story anthropomorphizes the dogs and ram a bit too much, the appealing photographs clearly convey Lenore's winning personality with some touching shots of sad puppy eyes and sweet interactions between the Lab and the ram. The intriguing subject matter, large type size and short sentence length make this suitable for beginning readers as well as younger children. Bedlam Farm seems an idyllic spot with a natural appeal to children, who are likely to ask for more about Lenore. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250034328
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Series: My Readers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,078,928
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Katz

Jon Katz has written many bestselling books about his dogs, including A Dog Year. His first book for children, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm, also features his photography. Mr. Katz lives in upstate New York.

Biography

"I really don't know anyone in media who's been given the freedom I've had to spout off on a wide range of subjects," Jon Katz wrote in his 1998 farewell column for HotWired. As a writer for web venues such as HotWired and Slashdot, Katz has waxed enthusiastic about Internet culture and championed "geek life." As a contributor to Wired and Rolling Stone, he's written articles on technology, politics and culture. And as a book author, he's penned mystery novels, memoirs and more, at the rate of nearly one per year since 1990.

Katz began his career in traditional media, as a reporter and editor for the Boston Globe and Washington Post and as a producer for the CBS Morning News. His experiences in television became fodder for fiction in his first novel, Sign Off, which Publishers Weekly called "an absorbing, well-paced debut" about the corporate takeover of a television network.

Disenchanted with the world of old media, Katz signed on to the cyber-revolution as a contributor to Wired magazine and its then-online counterpart, HotWired. As pundit and media critic, Katz became a prominent voice of the libertarian, countercultural, freewheeling spirit that prevailed on the Web in its early years. After HotWired underwent a corporate transformation, Katz moved to Slashdot, a free-for-all e-zine that allowed him to continue spouting off on a wide range of subjects (for Katz, "open source" is not just a method of software development, it's a metaphor for free expression).

Meanwhile, Katz began a series of "suburban detective" books featuring private investigator and family man Kit DeLeeuw, who operates out of a New Jersey mall. The intricately plotted mysteries serve as "a framework for the author's musings on suburban fatherhood, a subject on which he is wise and witty and honestly touching," wrote Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times.

In 1997, Katz's digital-age pontifications took book form in Virtuous Reality, which tackled censorship, online privacy and the shortcomings of the media. Katz struck a more personal chord with Geeks (2000), a work of gonzo ethnography that follows two computer-obsessed teenagers and their struggle to escape the Idaho boonies. "Katz's obvious empathy and love for his 'lost boys,' his ability to see shades of his own troubled youth in their tough lives, gives his narrative a rich taste that makes it unlike other Net books," said Salon writer Andrew Leonard.

Katz turned to himself as the subject for a meditation on middle age, Running to the Mountain (2000) which chronicles the three months he spent alone in a dilapidated cabin in upstate New York. The result is "a funny, moving and triumphant voyage of the soul," according to The Boston Globe.

Then there's Katz's other pet subject: dogs. In A Dog Year , Katz writes about a high-strung border collie -- a canine "lost boy" he adopted and gradually bonded with. "Dogs make me a better human," said Katz in an interview. Given his recent contributions to The Bark magazine, dogs may make Katz an even more versatile and prolific writer, if that's possible.

Good To Know

Katz is so persuaded of the power of interactivity that he's refused to have his work printed by publishers unless they'll run his e-mail address with it. His published e-mail addresses include jonkatz@slashdot.org, jonkatz@bellatlantic.net and jonkatz3@comcast.net.

After a Slate writer made a disparaging comment about Katz's basement, Katz wrote a column describing the basement office where he works. Its accoutrements include a wooden cherub, portraits of Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln, and a collection of gargoyles. A Haitian voodoo "frame thingy" (in Katz's words) graces his computer.

In our interview, Katz told us more fun facts: "I see every movie that comes out, usually alone in a megaplex. I love the New York Yankees because they win a lot. My one brilliant move in life was marrying my wife Paula."

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    1. Hometown:
      Montclair, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 8, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Providence, Rhode Island
    1. Education:
      Attended George Washington University and The New School for Social Research

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