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Principals,

I wanted to let you know about a spectacular performance our school just enjoyed (no, I am not getting anything for this recommendation). The author Michael Sterns presented a high energy one man performance of one of his books courtesy of our PTO (reasonably priced). There is no need to fear someone coming in to just read a book to the students with this man. I actually relate this performance to a show I would expect to see in Disney World or the Disney Animal Kingdom. Michael Sterns has proven to be one of the best presentations we have ever had here at Bob Sikes Elementary and I HIGHLY recommend him for your school. I will provide you with a bookmark at our next principal's meeting as a reminder, but I will also enclose his contact information here if you would like to motivate your students to read and write with his unique storytelling talents.

Respectfully,
Gary G. Massey
Principal
Bob Sikes Elementary
Crestview, FL

Michael Sterns did an amazing job with the entire school! He was energetic, entertaining, genuine and truly knew how to relate to the students to keep them engaged! He had a wonderful message and the students all loved him and the show! With over 450 students sitting on the floor in very close proximity in each show and the fact that there was not one behavior problem should tell what a fantastic job he did! His story kept their interest the entire time.

Thank you again!
Deby Valadez
Palm Lane School
Phoenix, AZ

Dear Michael,

You have a truly wonderful gift of entertaining the children from your books and messages they can learn from. The students and faculty were mesmerized by your beautifully illustrated Powerpoint visuals of the story. Your presentation really ties in with the language curriculum for all of our students. The importance of reading and developing an interest for the writing takes idea, goals, dreams and perseverance to never give up on your dreams. The kids appreciated and enjoyed your enthusiastic portrayals of your characters and how relevant they are to each and every one of them.

The teachers appreciated the animated storytelling yet meaningful messages you shared with the students of your life experiences and the importance of reading and writing. They particularly were impressed with the wisdom you imparted during your presentation: that goals and perseverance are admirable attributes if you want to accomplish your dreams. The students were inspired and excited to share their enthusiasm with their parents at home. I have heard from parents how much their children talked about you during dinner immediately after your presentation.

Sincerely,
Sandra Jackson Seiler
PTA Cultural Arts Chair
Del Prado Elementary
Boca Raton, FL

Our school has had many author visits over the past years, and Michael Sterns was definitely the all time favorite of everyone- students and staff! He made reading and learning fun, and threw in some lessons about taking care of each other and our planet, to boot. Michael immediately engaged the students in his performance, and had them mesmerized throughout the story. All in all, it was one TERRIFIC experience for our school!

Pat Tucker
Media Specialist
Tanque Verde Elementary
Tucson, AZ

Hi Guys,

I wanted to let you know about Michael Sterns, a Florida author, who visited our school during Celebrate Literacy week. He was so well received by our students - at all grade levels! His show was interactive with the students and kept their attention for the entire 45 minute show! His style is upbeat and positive and he definitely had a good message for the students. Michael did two daytime shows for us (K-2 and 3-5) and one evening show. While the content was the same, he adjusted his presentation to suit the audience.

Mr. Sterns has three beautifully written and illustrated books that he offers for purchase to the students/parents and that was well-received. He personally autographs each book. As for cost, Mr. Sterns readily offers a flexible pricing schedule and works with you every step of the way. He is wonderful to work with and I just wanted to pass along the info to your school.

Thanks so much!
Kathy Paige
Academic Resource Teacher
Central Elementary, Hendry County

Thank you very much for two outstanding performances last week. It was very obvious that you truly enjoy what you do. The teachers, parents and students had nothing but positive things to say. Your messages on the environment, resolving conflicts, and treating others with respect support our same message. Thank you for what you do.

Sincerely,
Joe Ronca
Principal, Pathways Elementary School
Ormond Beach, FL

Hello Michael,

I am a teacher at Palmetto Elem. My daughter (Alexandra) and Son (Thophilus) saw your performance last week as did I. We all loved it. My 4 yr old daughter can recite nearly the whole book just from watching your performance and walks around the house saying that we can never give up on our dreams!!! Thank you so much! We bought all three books and the CD and we listen to it every day.

Thanks for giving more joy to our lives.

Alma Gonzalez

I just wanted to tell you how much my class and I enjoyed your storytelling show! The love of reading and writing books shined through you today. My students were talking about you and your books the whole day… please keep writing more books!

A. Angulo
Caring Teacher

I had a student this morning, who normally does not express much interest in reading, ask me for the second time when her ordered book will be in. She is very excited about getting one and that gets me excited to see her excited about READING!

G. Geiger
Awesome Teacher

Your book is a hit with our kids! We've read them over and over and over. I haven't seen a book that tackles love, adventure and diversity that well for kids. It's a pleasure to read them something they are really interested in.

J. and P. Upson
Cool parents

Your books are an inspiration and such a pleasant change from his everyday books. Your books have been a wonderful influence on my son and I am looking forward to your next book!

L. Brockman
Smart Mom

Kokopelli and the Island of Change is my daughter's favorite book. We read it every night at bedtime when she stays at my house. It has been a savior getting her to bed sometimes… it's the only thing I can use to calm her down. Great book!

Kevin & Eliana
Father and Daughter

Once we had our kids buckled in, our oldest son read Kokopelli & the Butterfly all the way through. As soon as he finished, he dove right into Kokopelli and the Island of Change! Once he finished, he helped his younger brother read them too! Even our baby kept trying to see what his big brothers were up to. Please keep writing these books!

The Ciroccos
Book Loving Family