A fun book that teaches basic family values. Includes a Parental Discussion Guide & free membership in the Seamus Fan Club. Recent winner of 2 National Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Awards for Best Children's Book and Best Gift for Children
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The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie is a charming and touching children’s book about a very intelligent and special dog, Seamus. Many books for children are entertaining; the stories of Seamus are much more than that. This book is a treasure trove for parents, teachers, day care workers, grandparents, and anyone that works with and loves children. The stories teach traditional family values and include a detailed parental discussion guide. The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie provides a safe and fun framework for discussions with children on issues of family values and the many fears that most children experience. These issues are gently and subtlety embedded in the stories and animal characters to provide a safe environment for the children to talk and think about them.
The hero of each story is Seamus, a wise and gentle Sheltie, whose interactions with other animals make for humorous adventures that set the stage for discussions about basic family values. A Seamus Fan Club and color poster is available free to children courtesy of the publisher.
Winner of the 2008 Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award in the Children’s Book and Gifts for Children categories; earning the special Gold Seal for winning in multiple categories. This award is presented by ParentToParent.com and is the only such award recognized by the Disney Corporation.
The book has also been endorsed by parents, special education teachers, and mental health professionals.
The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie is available at Nightengale Press, the author’s website, www.seamusthesheltie.com and all major on-line bookstores.
Now available as an IBook in the Apple Book Store
T.J. told Seamus that it had happened late last night after his Daddy had fed him. When he had almost finished eating, suddenly a whole bunch of strange looking things had come bouncing into his yard yelling “Monsters get dat dog! – monsters get dat T.J!” Their voices were deep and funny sounding. He had been really scared and so he ran into his house and hid in his secret place for a long time.
Armchair Book Review
Entertains and Educates, September 11, 2008
Seamus the Sheltie is a lovable pup that gets into all sorts of adventures. The stories are based on the real live dog, Seamus, and it follows him through every-day situations. Throughout the book Seamus gets into tangles with a possum, bonds with a baby squirrel, and even gets to go camping.
Each story comes with a great lesson and the author has provided talking points for each story. After the completion of a chapter, a quick flip to the appendix will give parents a great place to start to discuss the story with their children. The stories are very entertaining and cute, and both parents and children will be entertained.
Seamus speaks in a `Seamus speak,' shortening words, and sometimes using completely different words. The dialect is a little strange to get used to. Children might get confused during a reading, but if you take the time to explain it to them, they will look forward to hearing how Seamus speaks.
Heartwarming and educational, The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie is a great family read.
Armchair Interviews agrees.
Sheltie’s stories helps kids and parents communicate
By Beth Bohnart
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. University of Waterloo Alumni ENewsletter, November, 2008
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.
An award-winning book by UW alumnus James Beverly (MA ’68) helps both parents and children to talk about important subjects with the assistance of an unusual guide – a Shetland sheepdog named Seamus.
In The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie, the lovable sheepdog both learns and teaches valuable lessons about trust, compassion, and even proper behaviour on car trips. But wisely, the book doesn’t preach.
Seamus isn’t perfect; he gets into some frightening situations and occasionally does things he’s not “ ’post to.”
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 65 human words that Seamus understands.
Kids can also identify with Seamus’ feelings – his exhilaration at feeling the wind through a car window, his curiosity when confronted by a strange neighbour, or his fear of going to (shudder) the vet.
A discussion guide at the back of the book makes it easier for parents to introduce their own discussions based on the stories.
James grew up in Detroit, Michigan and came to UW to study under noted child psychologist Richard Walters. This led to a career in the fields of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. In his work with children in distress, he noticed that many families felt uncomfortable when it came to talking about their values. And there were no resources available to help them.
Remembering the animal tales told to him as a child by his grandfather, James decided to use stories to help parents introduce important subjects in an enjoyable way. He had plenty of material, thanks to the exploits of his sheltie, Seamus.
Yes, Seamus is a real dog, and the photographs from his various adventures add an attractive dimension of reality to the stories. There’s fantasy and humour here, too, as in the adventure of the Halloween Frog Pie, when Seamus outwits a band of aggressive amphibians.
The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie was recently awarded the prestigious Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award in the “Children’s Book” and the “Gifts for Children” categories. These awards recognize exemplary products that entertain and teach, while inspiring imagination and creativity. Entries are judged by panels of experts and are tested by real families. Previous winners include Disney and PBS.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to receive these awards,” says James.. “It is very humbling to be among such prestigious company. And to be recognized in two separate categories is a special honor.”
It seems that Seamus is enjoying the spotlight, too. Children recognize him on the street, and his veterinarian refers to him as “Famous Seamus.” Glory hasn’t turned his head, however; James says he’s the same gentle dog who once adopted an orphaned squirrel.
But you’ll have to read the book to hear the end of that story.
The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie is available through Nightengale Press, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major online booksellers.
Language & life lessons through the eyes of Seamus
language and life lessons through the eyes of Seamus Aug 13, 2008
I was impressed with the way this author utilized dialect in this book. His point-of-view from Seamus' perspective was fresh and authentic. Most authors shy away from dialect in an effort to be commercial, but Mr. Beverly doesn't seem to be concerned with just churning out a marketable product. His priorities are where an author's priorities should be--in being true to the story.
This author does not flinch at difficult issues, such as prejudice and grief. Instead, Mr. Beverly captures the reader in such a way (through the art of story telling and the use of language) that he introduces these tough subjects by using Seamus's adventures as a soothing balm for the reader. I admire his courage, not only to address topics that most people find difficult, but I'm also in awe of the way he uses the animals to build an atmosphere of safety.
I bought this book for myself, as well as my daughter (who is a teenager), and we continue to use it, even though we have read the stories several times.
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|Reviewed by James Beverly
|The stories are very entertaining and cute, and both parents and children will be entertained. Heartwarming and educational, The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie is a great family read. Reviewed by Nicole M. Boals, www.amchairinterviews.com|