Animal advocate, author and Hamptonite Beth Stern‘s next children’s book Yoda Gets a Buddy is available for preorder on Amazon.com today in anticipation of its December 1, 2015 release.
Stern is donating all her proceeds from the book to North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, for which she is also spokesperson. Specifically, the funds will be directed toward the Animal League’s Bianca’s Furry Friends campaign, which aims to create a state-of-the-art feline adoption center named for Stern’s beloved dog.
Yoda Gets a Buddy is the followup to her 2014 book Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens, based on her and husband Howard Stern‘s real-life rescue cat who came from difficult circumstances but eventually flourished as a sort of house dad for the Sterns’ many foster kittens. “Yoda acts like a father and mother to the foster kittens that fill his home, and taking care of others has helped him too: even though Yoda has a serious heart condition, he’s made a miraculous turnaround, and is healthier than doctors thought he could be,” according to the book’s listing on Amazon.com.
In the new story, which Stern says is also based on true events, Yoda and his friends are joined by Buddy the blind foster kitten in a “heart-warming adventure.” As described on Amazon:
Yoda is busier than ever in the Foster Kitten Room, taking care of litter after litter. Buddy, a blind kitten who is recovering from eye surgery, has been with Beth and Howard longer than any other foster kitten, so Yoda takes him under his wing—or paw—and makes him his fostering partner! While Yoda grooms and scolds the naughty kittens, Buddy is the cat they cuddle up to and adore, mimicking his every move, with no clue he is blind.
One day Frankie, a new foster, is introduced and from the very first moment, none of the kittens like him. Oversized ears and an unruly cowlick make him look goofy. But Buddy loves this new little guy and helps the other kittens see all of Frankie’s goodness and sweetness. And when they discover Buddy is the kitten with a true disability and challenge, the other felines learn that love truly is blind when we see each other with our hearts.
Like Stern’s first “Yoda” book, Yoda Gets a Buddy is illustrated by Devin Crane.
Along with her two books starring Yoda, Stern also wrote the New York Times bestseller Oh My Dog.