Saving Simon

Saving Simon

How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

Book - 2014
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Describes how the author rescued and fell in love with a neglected donkey who proved a loyal listener and companion, prompting the author to confront personal challenges and learn new lessons about compassion.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345531193
Characteristics: 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeTatyana Nov 03, 2017

This book is for those who love animals and have compassion for the troubled one.
A very touching and inspiring story!

Oct 24, 2017

This writer thinks he can read animals minds and kills a perfectly healthy dog ... NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER .. I have read every one of his book This man is neurotic ,,He thinks he can read an animals mind.. In every one of his books an animals dispatched after he writes a book about it,, Everything on his farm gets sick, becomes neurotic, and either is euthanized or taken out back and dispatched with a shot gun . All his animals become tiresome, but are milked one more time in death, until a new one is acquired and the cycle begins anew .just to find a new subject for his books,, .Dont believe me read these ..Any man who thinks his animals are telling him to kill them is neuritic.. , Some of these articles are wrote by the border collie association .Click on these…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex………/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex……/bedlam-farms-jon…

ArapahoeSummer 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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