Saving Simon

Saving Simon

How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

Large Print - 2014
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In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call from an animal control officer who had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York. She hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. The wrenching sight of Simon touched something very deep inside of Jon, and they took him in. The donkey's care was far from easy. And, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781410473059
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE 636.182 K1986s 2014
Characteristics: 321 pages (large print) : : illustrations ; 24 cm


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AL_SUMMER Feb 13, 2017

Simon's story is both tragic and heartwarming. Jon Katz does a nice job of interweaving stories from his farm with his thoughts on compassion, encouraging us to offer kindness to everyone.

Aug 07, 2015

This was a very moving story illustrating the many ways that animals can touch our hearts and deepen our self-awareness. It's easy to love Simon and to feel sympathy for how he was badly treated, as well as Rocky, a lonely blind horse. When Simon attacks Rocky though, it challenges the author's view of compassion. The book invited me to step outside of my current mindset and reexamine my beliefs about compassion and who is "deserving" of it. I agree with Jon that sometimes it's the people or animals we like the least that really need out mercy and compassion, and even our forgiveness. I really appreciated Jon's honesty, candidness, and self-reflection in this book. A great read!!!

Jan 09, 2015

thoroughly enjoyable entry to Jon Katz' work. quick read. deep thoughts about the nature of human/animal relationships and love. love the lessons in compassion that the author shared in spare easy prose. highly recommended

LMcShaneCLE Oct 20, 2014

I grew up on the books of James Herriott starting with All Creatures Great and Small - I would recommend this book for every young person who relates more to animals than human beings. I know the feeling.


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