Saving Simon

Saving Simon

How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

eBook - 2014
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In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn't planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. Simon's recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon's health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read...
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9780804177283
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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.

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luminea
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!!!

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geonrose
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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