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Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue!
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Copyright:  April 1, 20011 ISBN-13:  9781933449883

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Seamus the Sheltie

Now your child can “Laugh and Learn” again with Seamus as the gentle sheepdog guides them through more of the many challenges of growing up. The new Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue is the third book in the National award-winning “Seamus the Sheltie” series.

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Corinth, MS, April 3, 2011 - Now your child can “Laugh and Learn” again with Seamus as the gentle sheepdog guides them through more of the many challenges of growing up. The new Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue is the third book in the National award-winning “Seamus the Sheltie” series.

If you sometimes have trouble finding the right words to comfort your children when they encounter difficult or frightening issues, or feel unsure of how to share with your children your family's values, or feel ill prepared to explain difficult or moral situations – then the Seamus the Sheltie series of children’s books were written for you.

It’s not easy being a kid. There are lots of things to know and learn, and some of them are scary. It’s not easy being a parent, either. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to explain a situation, share our values, or comfort our kids. This award-winning book helps both parents and children to talk about important subjects with the assistance of an unusual guide – a Shetland sheepdog named Seamus.

In Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue, the lovable sheepdog both learns and teaches valuable lessons about trust, compassion, being born different and kindness. But wisely, the book doesn’t preach.  Kids can identify with Seamus’ feelings – his exhilaration at playing in the snow, his compassion when confronted by a lost or injured animal, or his fear of going to (shudder) the vet. This author does not flinch when it comes to dealing with difficult issues such as animal cruelty, adoption, loss of family members, how to handle bullies, fear of doctors, the true meaning of Christmas, the value of animal rescue shelters, and the joy of experiencing the simple things in life like watching the clouds and playing in the snow.

Through the adventures of Seamus, Mr. Beverly is able, not only to capture the reader, but also build an atmosphere of safety where he can introduce tough subjects. While Seamus has the answers, Mr. Beverly compassionately and wisely also enlightens readers about the value that pets add to our lives in every day situations as well as unforeseeable challenges.

A discussion guide at the back of the book makes it easier for parents to introduce their own discussions based on the stories.

Implementing his Master's level training as a child psychologist with more than 45 years of experience, the award-winning author cleverly creates a language for Seamus, a real dog, to help address topics that parents often times find difficult to discuss with their children. Small children will relate to Seamus’ simple way of speaking. James based the dog’s language on canine physiology (dogs can’t say the “th” sound, for instance, because their tongues get in the way) and a vocabulary based on the 85 human words that Seamus understands. Additionally, the imagination of the well-loved dog has a distinctive flavor of humor that only Seamus could conjure up, which proves popular with both children and adults alike, while inspiring a readily available and easy approach to discuss sticky situations in today's society.

The innocence and gentleness of Seamus teach valuable life lessons to young children in a fun way. Humor is a key ingredient, and a happy ending to each story underscores the important moral or basic value relevant to each story in this book, setting the stage for wonderful discussions with a child. After the completion of a chapter, a quick flip to the appendix provides a great place to start to discuss the story with children. Reading and discussing these stories with your child will help form wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Heartwarming and educational, readers agree that the Seamus the Sheltie books are enjoyable and fun for the entire family. Parents who want to have meaningful discussions with their children about family values in a fun and entertaining way should consider this book. Please visit for more details.

Today, Seamus can be found wagging his tail more frequently as he has been presented with his very own website where children can join his fan club, download free posters, a free Seamus coloring book, and listen to a three minute reading from the new book by his amazing owner. A short video of the book is also available along with a free lesson on Seamus-Speak. By mid-summer, the Seamus series will be available in the Apple IBook store.


James Beverly was born in Seco, a small historical coal mining town in eastern Kentucky. He is an only child. His family moved from Kentucky to Detroit when he was five years old. He grew up in Detroit, graduating from Cass Technical High School and receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University, he received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. Mr. Beverly was then invited by Dr. John Basmajian, the Dean of the Medical School at Queen’s University, to join his research team, which he spent the next two years enrolled in the Medical School at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario where he was involved in research projects involving physically handicapped children.

Since then Mr. Beverly has worked in the field of mental health as a therapist and administrator in nine states for over thirty five years and has presented at a number of national and state conferences. He has been nominated for a variety of state and regional awards for innovative clinical programming and was among the first to develop and implement a multi-disciplinary battered women’s facility that was operated by a community mental health center. His innovative domestic intervention police training program that was designed to serve community based law enforcement agencies was presented by request to the Los Angeles Police Department.

During his many years of service, Mr. Beverly worked directly with a wide variety of distressed children and their families in a variety of institutional and community settings. During this time, he became acutely aware of the poor communication that existed in many of the families, which led to a lack of meaningful family values being instilled in the children. Most of these families were motivated to teach their children— but lacked the necessary basic materials, knowledge and skills to be successful. It was apparent to him that there were very little written or easily accessible materials available for parents and children to assist in these tasks. These experiences laid the foundation for a series of books for children and their parents that was designed specifically to fill these values and communication gaps in a pleasant, fun, and non-threatening manner.

Following the success of his nationally award-winning books, The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie, and More Tales of Seamus the Sheltie, Mr. Beverly received many requests from parents asking if he would please write additional stories for them that would deal with some specific and difficult topics that they were having problems with trying to discuss them with their child. These requests led him to the publication of his current book. Please visit for more details.

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Seamus saw that it was a mommy sparrow. She was very upset and she had a broken piece of egg shell in her beak. The sparrow chirped loudly as she paced back and forth in front of Seamus. She
waved her wings and jumped up and down. Finally she just sat still and hung her little head down. A big tear slowly ran down her beak and fell on the grass. Seamus knew that his friend was very
upset and sad. Looking down Seamus asked, “Why dat bird all sad an’ cryin’ an’ stuff?” The little bird shook her little head and chirped some more but Seamus couldn’t understand what she was saying.

Dogs and birds cannot talk with each other. Only the crow can talk
with dogs. The crow is a very smart bird.

Seamus looked up toward the trees and barked a few times. He called out in his loudest Sheltie voice, “Dat crow haffa come see dis Seamus!” As Seamus waited for his friend the big black crow, other birds flew down and sat around the little sparrow. Soon the yard
was filled with bright red cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, finches, blue martins, a woodpecker, and many other birds. All the birds were upset and chirping loudly.

Seamus knew that the birds were trying to tell him something important. He wished that he could understand them.

After Seamus had saved a baby bird during one of his adventures, all of
the birds trusted Seamus. They knew that he was their friend.

Suddenly with a rush of wind, the big black crow appeared and flew down and sat next to his friend Seamus. Seamus looked at the crow and asked, “Why dem birds all sad an’ cryin’ an’ stuff?”

The crow and the birds chirped at each other for what seemed like a long time. Then the crow turned around to Seamus and said,“They are upset and angry because some strange possums have been eating and killing their babies in their eggs. These possums wait until everyone is asleep. They stay in the trees all of the day time so the dogs can’t get to them. These possums are very big and very mean. All of the birds know that you are their friend. They know that the Seamus dog is very smart and they want you to help them.”

Professional Reviews

Seamus the Sheltie
James Beverly is a modern day Aesop with his endearing short stories of Seamus, the kind and gentle Sheltie, who guides children into the learning of life's difficult lessons. In the book....... Many of the topics addressed within these short stories are difficult ones for adults to approach with children, but James Beverly uses Seamus as an ambassador to understanding. The stories are filled with Seamus's friends, creatures children are sure to come to love. The animal's language, unique to the Tales of Seamus, is sure to be loved by children as they will feel the animals come to life. Children will learn while enjoying the parent reading to them.

Included in this book are discussion questions for each story. These questions will help the reader guide children to a deeper understanding of the story and the lessons. These questions encourage the reader and the child to talk about the topics embedded within each story in a gentle way. Talking about difficult topics will make the child more comfortable and lead them to asking questions of their own. Beverly also includes a summary of each story and the Life Lessons and Values each story addresses. This makes it easy for the reader to pinpoint the topics addressed within, and allows the reader to select the stories as needed. It is not necessary to read the book from cover to cover but gives you flexibility to use a story to address an issue at hand. Children will certainly want to hear more stories but this book gives you options. I loved that Beverly included this section. It is very reader/user friendly.
As a teacher I will be able to share these Life Lessons and Values with my students, thorough Seamus' Tales. Many children often times do not get this level of conversation at home. If every parent had this book children would learn through Seamus, how to be kinder and gentler to each other and the world would be a far better place. Reviewed by Member Michelle Siegel

Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue!
As James Beverly’s publisher, it may seem somewhat impossible for me to be objective. However, the Seamus series is one of the most engaging collection of children’s stories I have ever read.

They touch the heart, open the mind, and tickle the funnybone of children and adults alike. Seamus is wise, honest, loving and strong, even in the face of threatening circumstances and confusing situations. He brings a new perspective to the often jaded world of children’s literature.

Mr. Beverly creates a world of sharply defined animal characters who deal in day-to-day events, and without presenting any blatantly contrived topic aimed at creating controversy. Yet, the very simplicity in his story-telling is in itself controversial.The reader steps into a safe world, where things turn out well for the “good guys” and not so well for the “bad guys.” These stories weave tales filled with clear common sense and make everyone laugh while doing so.

Refreshing in every way, healthy values and good-natured whimsy bring home the intended lesson to children without being preachy. Fun, poignant and filled with wisdom, all the Seamus books, including this newest one, SEAMUS TO THE RESCUE!, will be handed down from generation to generation. —Valerie Connelly, Publisher, Nightengale Press

Awesome Book!
Through the adventures of Seamus, Mr. Beverly is able, not only to capture the reader, but also build an atmosphere of safety where he can introduce tough subjects. This author has the courage to address life issues for children and the genius to make them entertaining.
Seanna Frost, M.Ed., Corinth, MS

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