The National Award-Winning Boomer and Halley Book Series
(for ages 4-8)

Boomer and Halley books feature the delightful adventures of a high energy pooch and a feisty feline in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

Through their adventures and mis-adventures, kids discover how to be good and have fun at the same time! Civility can be FUN. How cool is that?

Boomerang is an Australian Shepherd boy dog and Halley’s Comet is a silver streak of a girl cat.They are adopted by a couple who never had children.

Now Harold and Edna are learning to parent these four-legged “kids” and the whole town gets involved.

Special gift set & pricing only available here, individual books for sale on Amazon.

The National Award-Winning Boomer and Halley Book Series (for ages 4-8)

Boomer and Halley books feature the delightful adventures of a high energy pooch and a feisty feline in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

Through their adventures and mis-adventures, kids discover how to be good and have fun at the same time!

How cool is that?

Special gift set and pricing only available here, individual books for sale on Amazon.

Boomerang is an Australian Shepherd boy dog and Halley’s Comet is a silver streak of a girl cat.

They are adopted by a couple who never had children.

Now Harold and Edna are learning to parent these four-legged “kids” and the whole town gets involved.

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Restoring CivilityLittle Lessons. Big Results ™
(The PAWSitive Approach) Books

Each Boomer and Halley Book includes four, positive lessons like: teamwork, manners, importance of family, compassion, kindness and respecting property. Reinforced over time, they can lead to big results in a child’s life.

When those themes appear in the story, a PAW print  pops up on the page.  A perforated bookmark with prompting questions allows you to see if your child understands what he or she is reading.

Best of all, the books have a bright, durable, linen cover that doesn’t wear out and there are delightful black and white illustrations that the kids can color!

Restoring CivilityLittle Lessons. Big Results ™
(The PAWSitive Approach) Books

Each Boomer and Halley Book includes four, positive lessons like: teamwork, manners, importance of family, compassion, kindness and respecting property. Reinforced over time, they can lead to big results in a child’s life.

When those themes appear in the story, a PAW print  pops up on the page.  A perforated bookmark with prompting questions allows you to see if your child understands what he or she is reading.

Click on image for larger version

Best of all, the books have a bright, durable, linen cover that doesn’t wear out and there are delightful black and white illustrations that the kids can color!


Boomer and Halley Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together

What do you do with a couple of bored children?

Harold and Edna Sanders decide their four-legged “kids” should go on a Scavenger Hunt. It’s up to Boomer and Halley to search the house and find all the hidden toys and treats. While searching for goodies, the feisty duo also learns an important lesson in teamwork and more.

Find out what happens!

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Boomer and Halley Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together

What do you do with a couple of bored children?

Harold and Edna Sanders decide their four-legged “kids” should go on a Scavenger Hunt. It’s up to Boomer and Halley to search the house and find all the hidden toys and treats. While searching for goodies, the feisty duo also learns an important lesson in teamwork and more.

Find out what happens!

          or click here to checkout

Boomer and Halley Lost and Found, Learning to Live in a Blended Family

What happened?

Boomer and Halley grew up in different parts of the country. Now here they are, alone and lost, in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

Once they are found by Harold and Edna Sanders, their lives take another turn. Follow the adoption process and the humorous adventures of a blended family learning to live together!

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Boomer and Halley Lost and Found, Learning to Live in a Blended Family

What happened?

Boomer and Halley grew up in different parts of the country. Now here they are, alone and lost, in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

Once they are found by Harold and Edna Sanders, their lives take another turn. Follow the adoption process and the humorous adventures of a blended family learning to live together!

          or click here to checkout


Boomer and Halley Election Day, A Town Votes for Civic Responsibility

 

Red, white and blue streamers and confetti can mean only one thing – an election is taking place in Shady Pines.

The mayor has some explaining to do about some missing money. What should the people in town do?

Boomer and Halley elect to get involved. Harold and Edna have some banner ideas of their own. Honesty and responsibility are up for debate and civility is the big winner!

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Boomer and Halley Election Day, A Town Votes for Civic Responsibility

Red, white and blue streamers and confetti can mean only one thing – an election is taking place in Shady Pines.

The mayor has some explaining to do about some missing money. What should the people in town do?

Boomer and Halley elect to get involved. Harold and Edna have some banner ideas of their own. Honesty and responsibility are up for debate and civility is the big winner!

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Everybody’s Talking!

We really like hearing from the folks like you who take the time to visit Shady Pines™ Story Town. Here’s what some of you have to say about our site and about Boomer and Halley – Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together.

Everybody’s Talking!

We really like hearing from the folks like you who take the time to visit Shady Pines™ Story Town. Here’s what some of you have to say about our site and about Boomer and Halley – Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together.

“I love the way the dog and cat (Boomer and Halley) figure out some of the lessons I’m trying to teach my kids while they’re having fun. Cleaning up messes is a really good one.” – Sarah, mother of two daughter, ages 6 and 8

“Showing kids how to be more civil through storytelling. This is great. We have a 5-yr-old and a 7-yr-old. We REALLY need this.” – Robert and Mary, parents

“What a great way to keep kids entertained while learning how to make good choices. They look for fun stuff, and the parents get to reinforce good behavior. Perfect!” – Mike, father of a 6-yr-old

“Want more. I think that sums it up. The Scavenger Hunt was fun, lighthearted, but taught a lesson at the same time. The best part, kids won’t know they are learning.” – Michele, mother of two and educator

“Thank goodness for the town of Shady Pines! These stories empower parents to talk about tough subjects in a very kid-friendly way. It’s refreshing to see a project that is “on topic” without anger or violence. I can’t think of another site like it.” – Robert, father of four

“What a wonderful way to underscore the importance of simple, yet vital, life lessons.” – Alice, elementary school teacher

“I really like the way this site places an emphasis on family and community. The stories are so much fun, but there really is important messaging going on here. Keep it up!” – Mary Ellen, grandmother of three

“I like Boomer, the dog. Halley is cute.” – Kelly, age 5

“I want a dog like Boomer.” – Treavor, age 5

“Halley is smart. And sweet.” – Dana, age 8

“Can I meet the dog and cat?” – Samuel, age 6

“Harold and Edna love each other, you can tell” – Anky, age 6

“Boomer and Halley are like me and my sister.” – Clara, age 9

Everybody’s Talking!

We really like hearing from the folks like you who take the time to visit Shady Pines™ Story Town. Here’s what some of you have to say about our site and about Boomer and Halley – Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together.

Everybody’s Talking!

We really like hearing from the folks like you who take the time to visit Shady Pines™ Story Town. Here’s what some of you have to say about our site and about Boomer and Halley – Scavenger Hunt, Discover Rewards by Working Together.

“I love the way the dog and cat (Boomer and Halley) figure out some of the lessons I’m trying to teach my kids while they’re having fun. Cleaning up messes is a really good one.” – Sarah, mother of two daughter, ages 6 and 8

“Showing kids how to be more civil through storytelling. This is great. We have a 5-yr-old and a 7-yr-old. We REALLY need this.” – Robert and Mary, parents

“What a great way to keep kids entertained while learning how to make good choices. They look for fun stuff, and the parents get to reinforce good behavior. Perfect!” – Mike, father of a 6-yr-old

“Want more. I think that sums it up. The Scavenger Hunt was fun, lighthearted, but taught a lesson at the same time. The best part, kids won’t know they are learning.” – Michele, mother of two and educator

“Thank goodness for the town of Shady Pines! These stories empower parents to talk about tough subjects in a very kid-friendly way. It’s refreshing to see a project that is “on topic” without anger or violence. I can’t think of another site like it.” – Robert, father of four

“What a wonderful way to underscore the importance of simple, yet vital, life lessons.” – Alice, elementary school teacher

“I really like the way this site places an emphasis on family and community. The stories are so much fun, but there really is important messaging going on here. Keep it up!” – Mary Ellen, grandmother of three

“I like Boomer, the dog. Halley is cute.” – Kelly, age 5

“I want a dog like Boomer.” – Treavor, age 5

“Halley is smart. And sweet.” – Dana, age 8

“Can I meet the dog and cat?” – Samuel, age 6

“Harold and Edna love each other, you can tell” – Anky, age 6

“Boomer and Halley are like me and my sister.” – Clara, age 9

Author Mary Jane McKittrick

Mary Jane McKittrick is the Chief Creative Officer of Shady Pines ™ Story Town, a delightful destination that harkens back to a kinder, gentler bygone era. In this tight-knit community populated by human and animal cartoon characters of all ages and backgrounds, children are encouraged to make good life choices through laughter, love, adventure, and imagination. This project combines Mary Jane’s love of animals and storytelling and her knack for wacky humor. A native of Los Angeles, California, she enjoyed a successful career in television entertainment, broadcast news, and corporate communications. She is also a national award-winning author of the Boomer and Halley book series. In her Shady Pines™ Story Town project, Mary Jane draws upon life lessons she learned firsthand while living on a historic horse farm in North Carolina.

Illustrator Bob Ostrom

Illustrator Bob Ostrom

The overall look of Shady Pines harkens back to a bygone era. Colorful cartoon characters come to life due to the expertise of illustrator, Bob Ostrom. Based in North Carolina, Mr. Ostrom has been illustrating children’s books for more than 20 years. He is a nationally known talent with credits that include Little Mermaid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rug Rats, and many more. Bob has worked for such noteworthy companies as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He and Mary Jane first worked together on the Boomer and Halley book series which won the Mom’s Choice Award. The nostalgic imagery they concocted for the Shady Pines™ Story Town Project was developed with the intention of keeping with the feel of a safe, small Southern town. The 2-D animation style illustrations make it possible to convey the project’s illustrations on various platforms.

Author Mary Jane McKittrick

Mary Jane McKittrick is the Chief Creative Officer of Shady Pines ™ Story Town, a delightful destination that harkens back to a kinder, gentler bygone era. In this tight-knit community populated by human and animal cartoon characters of all ages and backgrounds, children are encouraged to make good life choices through laughter, love, adventure, and imagination. This project combines Mary Jane’s love of animals and storytelling and her knack for wacky humor. A native of Los Angeles, California, she enjoyed a successful career in television entertainment, broadcast news, and corporate communications. She is also a national award-winning author of the Boomer and Halley book series. In her Shady Pines™ Story Town project, Mary Jane draws upon life lessons she learned firsthand while living on a historic horse farm in North Carolina.

Illustrator Bob Ostrom

The overall look of Shady Pines harkens back to a bygone era. Colorful cartoon characters come to life due to the expertise of illustrator, Bob Ostrom. Based in North Carolina, Mr. Ostrom has been illustrating children’s books for more than 20 years. He is a nationally known talent with credits that include Little Mermaid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rug Rats, and many more. Bob has worked for such noteworthy companies as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He and Mary Jane first worked together on the Boomer and Halley book series which won the Mom’s Choice Award. The nostalgic imagery they concocted for the Shady Pines™ Story Town Project was developed with the intention of keeping with the feel of a safe, small Southern town. The 2-D animation style illustrations make it possible to convey the project’s illustrations on various platforms.