Rating: 5 stars
“Lenore Finds a Friend” by Jon Katz continues the story about the dogs of Bedlam Farm and their relationships with those around them. In “Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm” Katz cleverly makes Lenore the subject of a mystery — what is her job?
In his newest picture book about the animals on Bedlam Farm, Katz shows how persistence can help one make friends even with those who are much different. Lenore, a black Labrador, has no friends at Bedlam Farm. All the other dogs have their own important jobs.
As in many love stories, Lenore finds love in an unexpected place and with an unexpected creature — a ram. She and Brutus become fast friends, and that experience helps Lenore make friends with Rose, the very busy border collie.
Children will love reading this story over and over. They will be able to relate to how difficult it may be sometimes to make friends. It is also an excellent book to use when discussing diversity and making friends with those who are different from us.
Great story, incredibly beautiful photographs, plenty of animals, and lots of great discussion — what more could any parent or classroom teacher ask for?
This book would be a great gift for teachers or for children aged 3 to 8.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover picture book provided by the publisher, Henry Holt and Company, a division of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, for review purposes.