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"As an educator I was so impressed with the way the book was written and illustrated so perfectly to grab a child’s attention while sharing very important life lessons. Michael’s delivery was such an important part of the visit as he enthusiastically shared his story of becoming an author and likely inspired many of my students to pursue writing. He further brought to life the many lessons in the book, such as teamwork, respect and perseverance, as well as the perfectly integrated information about each of Benjamin’s animal friends."

Jennifer Griffin, 5th Grade Teacher, East Moriches Elementary School


 "It was truly an honor to have Michael Dotsikas visit my school! From the minute he arrived it was evident what a truly professional author he is and his love of children. The students were captivated by his presentation and loved hearing how he developed the idea for his book, Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight. The story goes along with our “Growth Mindset” and “bucket-filling” philosophies that we have adopted in our school. The book is beautifully illustrated and mixes fiction with facts about animals. His use of literary devices such as onomatopoeia, rhyme and alliteration lends itself to be used as a mentor text. The theme of friendship is woven through the text masterfully."

Brigid Lovito, Reading Consultant, Oak Park Elementary, Brentwood UFSD

 

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To contact Michael Dotsikas directly, please email dotsikas@michaeldotsikas.com