Local author and clinical psychologist Valerie Holmstrom, Ph.D, has partnered with the Healing Species program to create “Bo-Peep is My Name,” an illustrated children’s novel about an abused runaway dog’s journey to find a new home.
“'Bo-Peep’ was developed to help children understand and process trauma. It also shows what the beginning of recovery looks like, and how life can move forward afterwards,” Holmstrom said. “The Healing Species’ mission aligns with the purpose of the book, to encourage compassion and break the cycle of violence and abuse.”
Healing Species is an animal rescue and violence prevention and compassion education program based in Orangeburg. The group rescues and rehabilitates “last resort” dogs and provides empathy development programs to more than 3,000 at-risk children in South Carolina every year.
The partnership will allow the book to become a component in the Healing Species curriculum approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and will place the book directly into the hands of thousands of children who may be exposed to trauma or abuse.
Holmstrom developed the book based on more than 40 years of experience in evaluating and treating victims of trauma, including those suffering from combat trauma, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, and criminal domestic violence. The book may also be used as a bibliotherapy tool by clinicians and therapists who treat children and families.
“Bo-Peep is My Name” is illustrated and designed by Charleston-based illustrator Tami Boyce. The book will be self-published, and paperback and e-book versions of the book are scheduled to be released in late summer 2019.
A Kickstarter campaign has been generated to defray production costs and offers pre-sales of signed paperback copies. Backers can purchase “Bo-Peep” for themselves or back books to be given to the organization of their choice.
Once the book has been published, a portion of the proceeds from future book sales will go toward Healing Species programs.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/2EnxW4N.