4 out of 4 stars
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The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer by Julie Penshorn and illustrated by Jeanine-Jonee is an exceptional children’s book about love, kindness and acceptance. The book is about a dog (Blue) who is abandoned by the owner. After wandering for days, Blue is hungry and tired. He crawls into a barnyard where he meets other animals who are hesitant to bring him in. Apart from the fear of Blue, the animals are not sure if Farmer Jim will accept the dog into the yard.
In this incredible book, the author clearly depicts real-life struggles and hardships that newcomers encounter as they try to integrate into the new environments. The uses of animals represent characters that newcomers are likely to come face to face with as they are either rejected or embraced. Penshorn shows fear in the book which is portrayed by the horse, the pig shows acceptance and even a willingness to share the food with the dog. In this book, both children and adults learn important lessons about compassion.
The aspect I liked most about the book is the lesson of compassion. In this era of immigration and refugees, this is an important issue to discuss and teach children. This is a real-life concern that we are faced with, and children are not exempt. There are new people everywhere, including schools and neighborhood, and educating children on how to accept and accommodate them is vital. The Parent and Teacher Guide at the end of the book which offer conversation starters and activities for children is my favorite part of the book.
There is nothing about this book that I disliked. It is exceptionally perfect and exquisitely written. The pictures are well-illustrated and are related to the story thus enhancing the storyline. The book is professionally edited and there are no grammatical or spelling errors. It doesn’t have any trace of profanity or erotic scenes and therefore fit for children.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because of the great moral lessons that the children will learn. The book is not only a guide to children, but also guardians and parents of young children, and therefore can’t receive a lower rate as it’s an all-round book. I thus recommend this book to children, their guardians, and teachers. Anyone else struggling with the aspect of acceptance and accommodating of refugees and immigrants will also learn a lesson or two from this incredible book.
The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer
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