A Note From The Author

Susan Beattie


Former Palm Beach County Teacher

Approved by the School District of Palm Beach County "Safe Schools Program"

Approved by Red Rover Readers Program, Books with Humane Education Themes

Member SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)

Registered with Writer's Guild of America

"Hi Susan,
I'm a volunteer foster for BDRR in St. Pete, FL. I rescued my Weim from them a couple years ago.

Rescuing and fostering with BDRR has been a life changing experience.

I can't tell you enough how remarkable I think it is that you have chosen to write a children's book to educate others on the importance of rescuing.

One reason I found your book so fascinating is because I am a first grade teacher, so I spend a lot of time educating my students on animal rescue and adoption.

I noticed that you are scheduling speaking engagements as well as signings for your book and would love to be able to attend one at some point in the future!"

Kind Regards,
Sarah M.

"Soon after my son Greg opened a new jewelry store, he adopted a little black puppy named Luke. He took the pup to work and Luke became the door greeter. When I helped in the store, I found myself telling Luke’s story over and over to customers. Eventually I printed a small card titled Luke’s Story to tell about the puppy’s abandonment, rescue, adoption, and the importance of supporting animal rescue organizations. 

I observed Luke in the store and took lots of pictures. He had a funny personality and was mischievous. I watched children’s excitement when they met Luke at the door of the jewelry store and the smiles he got from people of all ages. 

I decided to write a children’s book called Luke’s Story. I then co-produced The Making of Luke’s Story, a documentary for young people which shares the book development process. The film shows the author, illustrator, and graphic designer at work during the different stages of making the book.

Soon I found myself in schools with Luke, sharing his story and the documentary with hundreds of children. One day a student asked if I was writing another book about Luke. This made me think about: the faces of schoolchildren when Luke walks out during our presentations; the customers who bring heirloom jewelry into the store with links to history around the world; my travel experiences here and abroad; raising my children with pets; my own childhood as a Florida native surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, birds, a monkey, a pig, a goat, and a raccoon; my concern about domestic and wildlife animals and our ecosystem; my years as a classroom teacher in Palm Beach County schools; and all the letters and comments I get from children, parents, teachers, and principals about Luke’s Story and the presentations Luke and I give. I knew there was a lot more I could teach children using the vehicle of storytelling and the human-animal bond.

So I wrote more stories about Luke. All of the books in the series combine non-fiction with fiction to provide both education and entertainment. Each book in the series teaches many things, most importantly compassion for the people and animals who live in our fragile and fascinating world."

Susan Beattie

Educating the Heart and the Mind