Introducing Dvora Swickle
Okay so this week I will feature two posts for the Master Koda Blog Tour. My birthday was this past Sunday so last week I was wrapped up in birthday preparations. So this post is an example of what Dvora writes about on a daily basis.
Take it away Dvora…
Finding One’s Self
Finding one’s self is a hard subject for anyone to accomplish.
Wishing and really knowing oneself, we would certainly always want to change for the better. I find myself all the time saying,” Is this a good thing or do I need to do better?”
I tell children at work with this all the time.
“There is always a different way to express yourself.” I tend to jump when I should stand, talk when I should listen and see one point of view when there are many. Life is not an easy subject. It is easy to look the other way when needed. It is easy to say the other person is at fault when more could have been done and said to change things.
My stories are full of this and more. I want kids to know that life is not a brick wall, you have options and the words ‘I am sorry’ is held so dearly. I always learn, everyday is amazing and that is where my stories come from, for me.
I want children to reach out even if they are wrong, I tell them it’s a learning tool. You can feel bad for being wrong but strong for changing the outcome. Power can come from admitting fault and didn’t tell the truth, in that moment you learn what truth is and what truth is not. If my stories do anything at all, I want them to leave a child with ideas that they are important not matter what, perfection is only in the eyes of the beholder.
Always making a point as my dear mother would say, “If everyone jumped off a cliff…would you?” Well one time I pondered the thought and she asked me sternly why? I looked at her and said, “I would take a parachute.” My mother was mad and still she smiled because she knew I thought out of the box and knew I was going to be someone who will think as she use to say, “Way too much thinking again.” I never really understood the impact of that until I grew much older. I believe books are an open door to life, no matter how hard a child finds to read, find a way for them because… ‘Reading is gold.’
About The Author
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. Come and join her as she share her many tales. Dvora’s words will tantalize your tongue and tickle your thoughts.
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, creating poems for children to read upon arrival to school. Dvora loves to read in school classrooms, children are captivated by her voice. Dvora 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. Working in the school system for 17 years has been a blessing for her and the students around her. She even found time to read during library time. 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 their hands. Dvora loves seeing all the fingers in the air, makes her feel so appreciated and warm in knowing they are really listening.
She 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.”
In Dvora’s poetry and stories, a positive attitude toward life is the major theme and each story ends with a moral. “Many of my stories present situations where something goes wrong,” she says. “I use loving characters alongside funny and familiar situations to show ways in which we can overcome any obstacles in school or home with patience and grace.”
Dvora’s motto is T.T.R.A.B, “Time To Read Another Book”.
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