Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm
By Jon Katz
Henry Holt and Company, 2011
With truly an eye for the picture and a heart for dogs, best-selling adult author Jon Katz brings the two together in his first picture book for children, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He gently tells the story of how his four dogs came to join him at Bedlam Farm and what jobs they do. Through brilliant photo journalism and masterful storytelling, we see Border Collie Rose in the snow herding sheep. We see Border Collie Izzy, who was abandoned and alone until he joined Bedlam Farm, comfort sick people. We see Frieda, part Rottweiler and part German Shepherd and formerly a wild dog, protect the farm from foxes and coyotes. In each dog’s photo story we see Lenore, and throughout the story Katz asks: What is Lenore’s job?
Black Labrador retriever Lenore “…licks the other dogs, touches noses and wags her tail. She makes sure everyone is happy.” She’s the one that tamed Frieda, comforted a frightened Izzy and taught a hard-working Rose how to play. “Her job is loving and accepting and having patience.” “Thanks to Lenore, the dogs are a family.” Katz’ book is an ideal book for dog lovers, the perfect book for any young child.