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  • 07/2019
  • 978-0-9988691-8-6 B07V4SLMFT
  • 32 pages
  • $2.99
The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer
“The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer” pulls on the heartstrings of young and old as it reminds of the importance of compassion for others. Kids learn how to participate in creating classrooms and communities that can become safe, welcoming places where all feel they belong. In this story, a forlorn and hungry refugee dog wanders into the barnyard and common real-life concerns about newcomers are played out by barnyard animals. Portland Pig wonders how this dog will be fed, while others wonder if he's dangerous. "Dogs bite!" says Ol’ Dot, one of the horses. Ultimately, the characters figure out a way to act compassionately, though they have concerns. Children and adults alike will cry over the suffering of the refugee dog, and turn a page to feel the fear that some of the Barnyard Buddies have of the newcomer. They will watch courage grow among the animals as they get to know the newcomer, and will see consensus and consent decision-making as each one's voice is heard. They will cheer for the dog as he bravely chases the coyote out of the chicken coup, and gasp when, after saving the chickens, the farmer is still planning to take the dog to the animal shelter. A Happy Ending? The story evolves…While it does have a happy ending, many of the children coming to our country or our communities as immigrants, refugees, and newcomers, don’t have that experience. Children in every school, home, daycare, church, synagogue, or mosque benefit from opportunities to think about these difficult conundrums. It’s very valuable if they can learn to hold compassion in their hearts while they consider practical implications. This skill comes quite naturally to most children, so reinforcing it and putting it in a memorable story helps them recognize the value of that way of thinking. Further, it helps them believe in themselves and stand up with courage to bully behavior, or other tactics of isolation. Decision making for a better tomorrow. The Barnyard Buddies illustrate and talk about both majority rule and consensus-building. The book fills a current, intense need for children to delve more deeply as they begin to grapple with complex problems. Today’s kids will need to solve many issues around increased displacement as we face disruptions due to climate change, war, famine, political unrest, and so on. Illustrator Jeanine-Jonee brings Penshorn’s characters to life. If you've read Penshorn's other award-winning books: “The Barnyard Buddies STOP for Peace” and “I Can See Peace,” you won't want to miss this one! Jeanine-Jonee creates comics such as the "Seafoam" series. This is a story that stays with children for life. It is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids -- both young and old. Supplied with the Parent and Educator Guide, painstakingly edited for its content by Rebecca Janke, M.Ed., adults will have many tools for creating a more peaceful, inclusive classroom, home, or faith environment. Reading stories of compassion and peace to young children, who learn to love books because their hearts are filled and their spirits are inspired, helps nurture a culture we all want to live in. We all need to feel we belong. That's the first step toward stopping the next school shooting, the next bully's actions or even stopping the destruction of the environment. Our shared humanity is celebrated by our compassionate actions.
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Kirkus Reviews

A farmer and his animals—wary of a stray dog—learn compassion in this picture-book sequel.

Old Blue, a canine left behind by his family, has been wandering and hungry for some time when he comes across a farmyard. Some of the animals worry that he might be dangerous; he could bite or chase chickens. Still, they decide to share their food and hide the dog from Farmer Jim. Their worst fears seem to be justified when Blue runs from Jim; the hens start squawking; and they hear barking—but actually, the canine was chasing off a coyote. Jim thanks Blue but plans to take him to a shelter. Eventually, the farmer realizes that though he doesn’t have much, he has enough to give refuge to such a good dog. Penshorn offers children a way to understand the plight of immigrants and refugees while also conducting a thoughtful debate on the pros and cons of helping them. Sensitive readers may find the dog’s initial suffering hard to take, but these scenes highlight Blue’s innocence and desperation. (The author also provides a two-page Parent and Educator Guide.) Jeanine-Jonee’s illustrations add drama and nicely convey emotions through facial expressions.

A moving parable about welcoming a needy stranger. (parent and educator guide, conversation starters, activities, definitions)

Online Book Club, Nickolas Farmakis

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer" by Julie Penshorn.]

4 out of 4 stars 


The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer by Julie Penshorn is an illustrated children’s tale related to the theme of welcoming strangers. Through her informal, personal narrative style, the author manages to convey the importance of welcoming strangers, as well as cause the reader to question and think about how he/she has treated strangers. As a result of her unique narrative techniques, the writer manages to engage the reader in the story, creating a wonderfully illustrated tale.

The story begins with a dog named Old Blue, who has lost his home, leaving him alone, hungry, and tired. After finding a barnyard, Old Blue enters and asks the farm animals for food and shelter. The farm animals are in doubt of Old Blue’s intentions, scared that he will turn wild and attack them, or that they will get in trouble with their owner if they let him stay with them. Do the farm animals take the risk and accept Old Blue, or do they shut him out? How does their choice affect their future?

In my opinion, this book is a faultless children’s story. More precisely, the wonderful illustrations add meaning to the book, helping young readers follow along in the story. Moreover, the story has been professionally edited, as I did not find even one typographical, grammatical, or spelling error in the entire tale. Additionally, the book is easy to comprehend, while young readers will enjoy the story’s plot and the themes developed by the author. Furthermore, the quality of the book is increased by the fact that the author has attached guidelines to adults about how to read the book to young children, while the inclusion of activities for children increases the young reader’s interest in the story. Besides this, what I liked most about this book was the themes and moral truths passed by the author about the welcoming of strangers, and the importance of inclusion of immigrants, or refugees. As a result, I had no attribute that I disliked most since the book has been exceptionally written.

I believe that readers of a younger age are more likely to enjoy this book. More analytically, this book has been written for children that are younger than adolescence, however, adults may enjoy reading this book along with their children. All in all, this book is rich in themes and meaning, so it can be enjoyed by any reader.

Selectively, I rate this book with 4 out of 4 stars. The reason for not giving this book any lower rating was the fact that it was faultless, as it was professionally edited, excellently written, and fit for a young-aged audience. Therefore, the author has successfully achieved her goal of discussing the importance of welcoming strangers in a manner understood by young children.

 

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 07/2019
  • 978-0-9988691-8-6 B07V4SLMFT
  • 32 pages
  • $2.99

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