Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls by Shadow Bregman

 

What a wonderful book for children. Not only is it cleverly written by a worldly black Labrador called Shadow, of course kindly penned by his human daddy Walter Bregman, but it contains some important life lessons for children to learn, and other dogs of course as long as their mummies and daddies read it to them. Because you see, as I already know, but many people don’t, dogs to understand us, and talk to us too!

When Shadow’s mummy and daddy decided to take him home from the rescue centre Shadow had already learnt a lot of good, and bad things. Sensibly they took their other dog Betsy to say hello to shadow before they made a final decision, but they didn’t need to worry, they quickly became friends. Betsy did like to be the boss though, and could be a bit of a bully some times, but the story behind that is in one of the lessons.

Shadow’s lessons cover many subjects. In the first one, Shadow admits to being very greedy, (like most dogs) and tells of the mischief which can be caused if the pantry door isn’t closed, especially if dogs pinch the chocolate!

As we settle down to enjoy the tales Shadow tells, it is fun to look at life through his eyes, taking a dogs eye view of life and situations. For instance, escaping is fun, the bigger the fence the better, until you get to the other side, and discover you want to go home! Then things can be pretty scary!

Family life is varied and sometimes sad, and Shadow explains in his own sensitive, wise way, how he and his daddy coped with sad times in their lives, and the loneliness which affected them after.

Of course the world is sometimes confusing for a dog. In the chapter called lessons, we discover some of the things which we, as humans, don’t really understand about dog communication, and some of the things which puzzle them. Shadows summing up of this lesson is priceless, but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.

If you love dogs, whether you are young or old, you will find this book enchanting. For those of us who love our dogs, it is affirmation that they do understand us, and can teach us so much. The chapters in this book cover very important issues for children, and guide them sensitively in the right direction, to enable them to deal with various situations.

I loved this book! Shadow is a very wise dog and I hope he and his daddy write some more so I can enjoy learning more about their lives, and the important lessons they have to share.

About the Book and Author: Shadow Bregman, a twelve-year-old rescue dog, passes on to six- to ten-year-old boys and girls the life lessons she has learned. This book can be read by a child alone and is also ideal as a teaching book. Shadow will ask every child what lesson is learned before it is revealed. Because of its short chapters and charming illustrations, it is an ideal bedtime book.
This book has been kindly translated for Shadow by Walter Bregman his Daddy.

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673749/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673757/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and from

Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673734

Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673741

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673758

 

Boys & Reading by Alison Roundtree

The essential guide on how to motivate your 6-14 year old boy to read.

 

Boys & Reading

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Reading-ebook/dp/B009XPBWF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359365152&sr=8-1&keywords=boys+and+reading+by+alison+roundtree

and on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/boys-reading/id570176920?mt=11

Kobobooks.com http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Boys-Reading/book-6DBPJnVMQEKpRgdc6tF2Pg/page1.html

The knowledge that the author has over 20 years of experience in education, both teaching and training, and latterly became a literacy specialist comes as no surprise when reading this book.

The programme she devised has been used by both herself, other teachers and parents to overcome reading problems with boys.

She starts by looking at five boys’ profiles, each child with different reading problem and from different backgrounds.

From there, she discusses the most probable causes for their problems. I found this piece of the book fascinating. As a mother and grandmother, I have to say I would have liked to have had the opportunity to read it when my children were toddlers, as I feel the knowledge and insights it contains would benefit any child.

The parent discovers why it is so important that they are the teacher, is given the confidence that they can do it, and that they do have the time. Initially, the groundwork is carried out solely by them, as they learn what to do, and how to handle the different situations which may already have, and will in the future arise.

What follows is an amazing learning programme, which shows the parent how to motivate and inspire their child to enjoy reading without temper tantrums or arguments. The writer gives them clearly the expertise to help their child overcome their problems, and become confident and successful readers.

Cleverly, in a stress free way, for both parties, the parent discovers how to help and motivate their child. The importance of setting mini-goals tailored to the child’s particular problem is emphasised. The author provides various mini-goal solutions, each with full instructions on how the parent should work with the child to achieve them, by playing games and other interactions, using imaginative and entertaining ideas, which enable them to spark the child’s interest.

In conclusion, in my opinion this book will be a real answer to many parents prayers, not only helping them to assist their child overcome a serious problem with  a vital educational and life skill, but the experience they share will also allow a closer bond to develop between them.