James Beverly uses a dialect for his hero, Seamus, which is endearing and fun. Dialect in a book can be an obstacle but Beverly's is easy to master by the adventurous parent or even older sibling or grandparent. The discussion guide at the end of the book is concise but complete enough to guide a parent in a discussion. He achieves the right balance between explanation and brevity.
Corinth, Mississippi (PRWEB) March 24, 2009
Do you sometimes have trouble finding the right words to comfort your children when they encounter difficult or frightening issues? Are you often unsure of how to share with your children your family's values, or feel ill prepared to explain difficult or moral situations?
The newly announced More Tales of Seamus the Sheltie is the sequel to the nationally award-winning book, The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie. The author 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 James to the publication of his most recent book, More Tales of Seamus the Sheltie.
The Seamus the Sheltie books are written specifically to help parents with those difficult tasks in a safe and fun way. Using his education in clinical child psychology Mr. Beverly uses clever and humorous ways to address for children the morals that accompany each story.
The Seamus the Sheltie books are about a real dog. The majority of the adventures in these books are based on actual events in his life. To make the Seamus stories more fun to read, a language for the dog was developed that was derived from the canine physical makeup, the intelligence and language of a young child, and a large dose of humorous imagination.
Seamus brings a new and entertaining context to life lessons that make them fresh and engaging for the readers of all ages. His innocence and gentleness 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.
Heartwarming and educational, readers agree that the Seamus the Sheltie books are enjoyable and fun for the entire family.
Be sure and visit the Seamus the Sheltie website at seamusthesheltie.com to listen to a reading by the author, watch a book video, download a free poster, Seamus Fan Club Membership Certificate, a Seamus coloring book, and much much more!.
What Reviewers Are Saying:
"Praise for James Beverly. This writer is a cross between Dr. Seuss and Jack London. The way he creates language in this book is both rhythmic and fresh. Also impressive is the phonetic detail this writer utilizes to authenticate the speech of his animal characters. Most authors shy away from dialect in an effort to be more 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. Dialect is not the only thing Mr. Beverly refuses to shy away from. This author does not flinch when it comes to dealing with difficult issues such as adoption, loss of family members, how to handle bullies, fear of doctors, the true meaning of Christmas, and the joy of experiencing the simple things in life like dancing and playing in the leaves. 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. My fourteen year-old daughter keeps this book beside her bed and even though she has read it several times, she still enjoys re-reading her favorite passages. I have also bought this book for myself, not just as a parenting tool, but as an indulgence for my love of a good story." -- Seanna Frost, M.Ed., Corinth, MS
"As a follow-up to his first book, The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie, James Beverly has created another wonderful way for parents to connect with their children and also provide them with important life lessons. Beverly is obviously well qualified and experienced in knowing the scary challenges of childhood and has paved a compassionate way for learning and encouragement. The very act of reading out loud is a bonding experience for parent and child and the stories of Seamus are rooted in the realities of life tempered with great imagination and fun. Beverly also exhibits an obvious love of dogs and an uncommon understanding of their behavior and what they add to our lives.
"The basis of the stories in Beverly's new book, More Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie, come from parents who, no doubt, have struggled with the issues, values and lessons that lie at the heart of each story. The focus of both books is that understanding is an antidote for fear and leads to a kinder world. The wise parent will recognize that their children will encounter many and perhaps all of the challenges and value issues found in the books. The Seamus stories allow the imaginative parent to be proactive in preparing their children and giving them tools to deal with these challenges and make right decisions.
"James Beverly uses a dialect for his hero, Seamus, which is endearing and fun. Dialect in a book can be an obstacle but Beverly's is easy to master by the adventurous parent or even older sibling or grandparent. The discussion guide at the end of the book is concise but complete enough to guide a parent in a discussion. He achieves the right balance between explanation and brevity." -- John C. New, Jr., DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Professor and Head, Department of Comparative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee
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