Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Legend of Santa Owl by Dvora Swickle ~ REVIEW

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"On December twenty fourth a legend occurred. 
"Who's in the forest?" Some say they heard. 
But for one small squirrel it was for sure. 
Christmas came that night 
to all the animals in the world. 
For the love of one, spread to all.
A holiday to remember
by a simple Christmas ball."

The Legend of Santa Owl is a tale of a little squirrel who finds a sparkly ball. When he takes it to his dear friend Ollie the Owl he is just as stumped to what the ball so he sets out to find out what it's for. When Ollie discovers it's a Christmas ornament and sure to bring gifts, he flurries to his dear friend Norman to deliver the news. Norman hangs his ornaments and rifts off with visions of hazelnuts, walnut & berries in his head. But what will he discover when he awakes?

Dvora Swickle lives in the quaint fishing village of Gig Harbor, Washington. There the grass is green, the trees are tall, and the animals roam freely. Dvora believes that all children's should live bully free and learn confidence in there own special ways. Dvora's stories are like a box of cracker jacks, a lovely reading experience with a message inside just for them to grow on. In this day we are all going in so many directions it's hard to stop and give advice, sometimes advice is not wanted. Kids like to think they know it all but we know that is impossible, for experience is the gift of learning. Come and join Dvora as she tells her many tales. Her words will follow you all through your life!

Dvora Swickle (AKA D.A. Johnson) has been entertaining and writing for children (and her two kids) for over 20 years. Dvora drove school bus for 10 years enjoys reading in school classrooms. She has a captivating voice. Dvora now works with special needs children and is devoted to helping students 18 to 21 transition from high school into the work community and living independently.
Stories can help students understand problems without feeling it is directed towards them personally. Dvora enjoys reading and putting fun voices to her characters, inviting children to take part. Every time she reads "sweet green grass" kids are encouraged to raise there hands. Dvora loves seeing all the fingers in the air, makes her feel so appreciated and loved.

Dvora has written over 40 stories and is the author of two poetry collections. The first poetry collection "Dress Up" is available in paperback. The second collection "Kittywampus" is available in eBook format. Dvora encourages young children to develop a life-long love for language and reading. She believes that poetry can play a big role in motivating children to read. "Poetry helps young readers understand language, words and feelings through rhythm and rhyme.
Children feel comfortable with poems because it's like playtime with words."
Dvora's motto is T.T.R.A.B, "Time To Read Another Book".



 As Yang and I snuggled into bed for our nightly story, we pulled out the Kindle and began reading The Legend of Santa Owl. She was instantly drawn in by the beautiful pictures and wonderful rhymes. Ollie the Owl teaches us the magic of friendship and shows us to what extent we will go to make our friends dreams comes true. A wonderful Christmas themed book for the young, and young at heart.

Norman is a little squirrel who finds a glistening ball and wonders what it is. When he takes his shiny ball to his friend Ollie the Owl, Ollie sets out to find out what it is that Norman has found. When Ollie visits a nearby farm he learns that Norman's ball will bring gifts when hung by a tree he flies home tell Norman all about it. Norman hangs the ball inside his tree and drifts off in hopes of gifts by his bed. When Ollie realizes that no one is coming he sets off to find out why and help his friends dreams come true, but will he be able to on a holiday meant for only humans?