Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls

Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls

by Shadow Bregman

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ISBN-13: 9781524673741
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)

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Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life Lessons from Shadow “Can make you a much better person (or dog).” "I’ve learned a lot of things in my 53 dog years about people and other animals," says Shadow, a black lab mix who is the voice in this wonderful and witty book that teaches young readers some of life’s greatest lessons. In a brilliant and clever style, author Wally Bregman is the typist for his rescue dog and “translates” for her as she shares her stories on life, love and loss. Some of the topics covered are sharing, bullying, eating, traveling, and being lonely, much of what most children experience in their everyday lives. Each chapter ends with a question and answer from Shadow, that can lead to some discussion between the reader and the child. The voice in the book is light and fun, and the drawings, by artist Fatima Stamato, add to the sweet flavor of the pages. The humor will keep adults turning pages as well as their children. “Now a word about cats. Cats, I hate to say this, are smarter than dogs,” says Shadow. And, “There are a couple of places along the way we walk that I call my mailbox. It’s because other dogs that I know go by and leave messages. Well, okay, they pee on the place, but we call it marking.” Bregman is no stranger to writing, having published several other books previously. He also worked as an advertising executive, CEO and President of internationally known companies for many years, and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and humor from a lifetime of working in the sometimes crazy field of advertising. He has also knocked glasses with some interesting people, having been college buddies with two Pulitzer Prize winners and played football with Ted Kennedy at Harvard. In his retirement, he has even worked on cruise ships, telling tales and reading from his books that chronicle his adventures. Lessons from Shadow is meant to teach children, but the book is also part therapy for Bregman, who lost the love of his life when his wife passed away a few years ago. He and Shadow were left behind, and in a small part of the book Shadow is coping with her “Mommy” going away. It’s not a sad book, but it does touch your heart. A champion of causes, Bregman is donating all proceeds from the book to Best Friends animal rescue, which he and his wife have supported over the years. Bregman also volunteers with veterans at his local veteran’s hospital and through The Honor Foundation, which helps special operatives veterans transition to civilian life. But it’s his role as father and grandfather that he seems most proud of. Overall, this book, targeted for ages 6-10, is a wonderful read and would be best shared before bed or while cuddled up on the couch with your favorite child. It’s not an instructor or parent teaching the lessons. Instead, it’s a sweet black lab who is sharing her own life experiences in a non-threatening, non-preachy manner. What better teacher than man’s (or child’s!) best friend? A “cat person” myself, I fell in love with Shadow and wanted to bring her home. Highly recommended reading for you and the child in your life.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Lessons from Shadow is a large picture storybook with tales told in the voice of a happy black lab. It's simply illustrated with full page, short clear lessons at the end of each essay. The dog Shadow, after a hard puppyhood, has lived with his new human family for quite a while now. His stories cover settling in, running away, getting bullied, joy, food and loss, and children will relate to them easily. The voice is fun and sweet – rather like a fond grandparent channeling a favorite pup. Nice moments of canine confusion and things that shouldn’t be eaten by dogs – “those things that you put in the flashlights” for example – add interest for adults as well. Plus there’s the fun of making friends, and there’s the very real sorrow of losing friends and family. Treating emotion with natural empathy and offering a dog’s-eye view, author Wally Bregman translates Shadows stories and presents an enjoyable book for parents or grandparents to read to a dog-loving child. The life lessons are wise. The pictures are fun, though sparse. And the text is easily read in clear black print. Disclosure: I was given a copy by a publicist and I offer my honest review.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
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.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
‘They called me Shadow because I was always following people around.’ California author Walter Bregman, a Harvard graduate in English Literature, is a former member of the US Army Signal Corps in Germany, a specialist in advertising and marketing, and a champion of Human Rights, Veterans Rights and coach for The Honor Foundation that aids Special Warfare operatives transition to civilian life. He steps away from writing his own books to serve as translator for his writing partner – a wise twelve year old female Labrador Retriever named Shadow with whom he shares his life and heart – and together they provide important life lessons for children as well as for adults who need response rearranging! Once an only child and now a widower, Walter depends on his relationship with Shadow for healthy companionship and together they have penned this series of life lessons in an immensely readable and enjoyable and educational book. To offer a sense of the style of the writing, the book opens as follows – ‘You can’t see me, but I am a dog. I suppose you’re pretty surprised that I’m talking. You shouldn’t be. Some dogs can talk. It’s just that you can’t understand them. What you don’t know is that we really understand you all the time. I know it sounds a little far-fetched, but think about it. How many times have you really thought that your dog understood what you were saying? Forget about cats. Cats can’t understand anything and they don’t care anyway.’ A fine sense of humor pervades this wise little book as Shadow shares her background as an abandoned pup rescued and adopted by Walter and his wife (‘Daddy and Mommy’), joining a household with other pets in place, and after a bit more biography Shadow shares her life and adventures and teaches us lessons that she hopes will help children from six to ten years of age. The points of emphasis are Eating, discussing things dogs should and shouldn’t eat: Shadow’s Lesson (one appears at the end of each point of discussion) – ‘Eat as much as you need but don’t eat as much as you want. Listen to your Mommy and Daddy like I did and east what’s good for you.’ The next discussion is Running Away – and after Shadow shares adventures of tunneling under fences and other scary deeds, the lesson here being ‘You might think about running away when you get angry at your mommies or daddies or brothers or sisters. But remember these people all love you even when you get mad at them or they get mad at you. It’s much better being home than running away.’ In a similar vein Shadow describes Bullying (‘Bullies aren’t necessarily bad dogs or bad people. They just have a problem. You can try to understand them but at some point, you have to stand up to them.’ Advice completed on that subject and Shadow offers her lesson on Bullying. The remaining topics, equally entertaining and educational include Being Sad, Being Lonely, Learning (Lesson: ‘You can learn an awful lot by just keeping your eyes, ears, (and nose) open and your mouth shut. This can make you a much better person (or dog)’, Traveling, and Moving. The writing is both entertaining and warmly supportive, the illustrations by Fatima Stamato enhance the book, and who can resist loving the image of the photograph of Shadow on the cover! This is one fine book on every level – unique in technique of teaching, supportive of animal appreciation, and the opportunity to see things through the eyes of our pets. For children and parents and grandparents and friends