The Gentle Barn

THE GENTLE BARN, Ellie Laks' memoir, is in part a story of overcoming a difficult childhood through her positive relationship to animals. As an adult, she felt called to rescue animals she found in abusive situations. Her earliest intervention was persuading an uncaring "petting zoo" owner to let Ellie buy a malnourished goat, Mary, after a week of daily visits. She then went on to rescue the rest of the zoo, ultimately leading to her own sanctuary. She worked with veterinarians and therapists to rehabilitate the animals, and visitors began to come. They expanded to include at-risk kids whose counselors brought them back when they saw the positive effect of the interactions with the animals. This book is a welcome read about the impact caring people and animals can have on each other. Recommended by Julie

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ISBN: 9780385347662
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Published: Harmony - March 25th, 2014

"My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back." -Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig