About the author: Loretta Radeschi, and her husband, George, live in Bedford, Pennsylvania with their beloved horses, llamas and cats. She has written for local, regional, national and international magazines for 37 years. In addition to writing, Loretta has given numerous writing workshops. She is also a basketweaver and needle felt artist, using fleece from her llamas. The Brooklyn, New York native and her husband, George, enjoy the country life with their horses, llamas and cats. Each visit to the barn is a new experience as they watch these curious, calming, intelligent animals interact with each other. Each trip to the pasture is a delight as the animals chase and play with one another. A walk in the woods is a discovery as the cats and llamas poke their noses around the leaf litter and stop to sniff each other. “We’ve been blessed to have these animals who light up our lives every day. It’s my pleasure to share their experiences with others,” she says. After her grandchildren were born, she decided to share her love of reading and writing with them by writing children’s books. To learn more about the author, please visit kidsbooksandmore.com.

Buddy and His Pals

  • Buddy and His Pals: True Stories of Horses, Llamas and Cats is a book about friendship which captures the real-life interactions among the author's farm animals as they befriend each other. The book is filled with gentle lessons about friendship and caring as Buddy welcomes llamas, cats and other horses to his farm. Among those lessons are that friends don't have to look like us; friends teach us patience and not to be afraid; friends are found in unexpected places and help us in unexpected ways. On more subtle levels, "Buddy and His Pals" includes lessons on the importance of acknowledging and respecting the differences among us. This book is beautifully illustrated from actual photographs by Cindy Inman, an animal lover, and professional artist. Ages 4-8, Softcover, 24 pages, 10” x 8”