To See A Deer
To See a Deer is Tom's fourth Children Picture Book and takes you on a trip through a national park to see a deer and becomes a lesson about patience.
"Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time"
Edwin Percy Whipple
Books by Tom Dirsa
Tom's first three books are children picture books. The story “Sweaty Eyes” is based on a true incident regarding one of Tom’s grandsons who was diagnosed with ADHD early in his life. BJ is a real person with a quick wit and full of energy. Sweaty Eyes teaches BJ that winning isn’t every thing, but being a team player has it’s own rewards.
In Fishing Lessons for Grandpa BJ learns that he can ask without asking while learning how to fish in Cape Cod.
When BJ visits Fenway Park in BJ & the Green Monstah he learns about the game of baseball and that the Green Monstah is nothing to fear unless you’re a rookie. Our fourth book takes a walk through the woods to seek a deer. Is BJ successful and what did he learn in To See a Deer?
Feb 11, 2020 We have been invited by the Leduc Regional PROBUS Club to speak about some of the interesting stories of Leduc and area.
Feb 13. 2020 Addressing the Endless Skies Teacher’s Convention
Feb 20/2020 We will be speaking at the Central Alberta Teacher Convention in Red Deer and the following day Feb 21st at the South West Teacher Convention in Lethbridge and the SouthEast Teacher Convention in Medicine Hat.
March 5/6 2020 Have just confirmed a speaking date with the Mighty Peace Teacher Convention and the Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
May 5/2020 we will be speaking in Leduc to retired teachers.
The Full Story
Author Tom Dirsa grew up on the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. After graduating from university, he moved to Alberta, Canada for two years, which became a lifetime.
After a successful career as a teacher, basketball coach, and a school administrator that took him and his wife, Margaret, to New England, Saskatchewan, and many communities throughout Alberta, they retired to Leduc, Alberta in 2008.
He has published a series of children picture books based on true incidents involving one of Tom's grandsons who was diagnosed with ADHD early in his life. BJ is a real person who has a quick wit and is full of energy.
Tom is a popular presenter to Teacher Conventions based on his experience with his grandson. Tom is currently available to do Facetime/Skype presentations to classrooms about writing.
Tom worked as a freelance reporter for the Pipestone-Flyer Newspaper for three years. During that time, he wrote a series of articles on the history of Leduc and District that proved to be very popular and has resulted in him working with the Leduc Public Library on an updated local history book.
Most recently he was contracted to write for Beach Street Book’s series titled Canada Turns 150. He wrote the first book in the series titled Canada becomes a Federation. His latest books published in September of 2018 was a children’s picture book called To See a Deer and a history book called Leduc: Then & Now
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood
ADHD is one of the most common neurdevelopment disorders of childhood. It usually occurs in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. ADHD impacts each child’s brain differently, so each case can look quite different in the classroom. Children with ADHD exhibit a range of symptoms: some seem to bounce off the walls, some daydream constantly, and others just can’t seem to follow the rules.
Can be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switches from one activity to another.
Have difficulty focusing on one thing.
Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something they enjoy
Have difficulty focusing on learning something new
Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences.
Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games.
Often interrupt conversations or others' activities.
Are constantly in motion and tend to fidget and squirm in their seats.
Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight.
Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
Fishing Lessons for Grandpa
Captain David was a real sea captain that fished for over 40 years along the New England coast.
He is the Captain Dave in our book Fishing Lessons for Grandpa. Unfortunately the Captain died in June of 2016.
We will miss him as he was a friend and our cousin.
Provincetown on Cape Cod
Scenes and Fishing
Provincetown and Cape Cod was and is a beautiful place to grown up. It is a unique place that attracts all members of society.
Its beauty draws artists and writers. It history draws those with an interest in the past and its beaches draws tourists from all over the world.
When I graduated from Provincetown High I began a journey that crossed the nation. Meanwhile my cousin stayed and joined his grandfather and father as a fisherman.
As much as I learned from books David learned much more from the sea. As Capt. David would say "I hope that calm seas and following winds will be in all of your futures..."
How to Acquire Books by Tom Dirsa
Sweat Eyes, Fishing Lessons for Grandpa, BJ & the Green Monstah and To See a Deer are available through Dream Write Publishing at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/catalog/books or Amazon.
Book Reviews On Amazon:
Fishing Lessons for Grandpa: Such a wonderful story of the loving relationship of grandfather and grandson. Beautifully written and illustrated.
illustrations are great! Being born and raised in the town where it takes place I really enjoyed all the fishing and town references. I also enjoyed the relationship depicted between the grandfather and grandson.... Shows the importance of family!
Sweaty Eyes: A lesson in self-worth applying your determination and a cute story for all ages.
Great illustrations and narrative
Lucky: A Whale of a Tale is available through Lulu Press https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=lucky%3A+A+whale+of+a+tale&type= and Amazon.
Leduc: Then & Now is available through Lulu Press and Amazon
Sweaty Eyes - $8.95
Fishing Lessons for Grandpa - $11.95
BJ & the Green Monstah! - $12.95
Lucky: A Whale of a Tale - $20.35
Leduc: Then & Now - $20.86
To See a Deer - $15.95
Tom has been a successful speaker at numerous Alberta Teacher Conventions.
Tom is available to make student presentations by using Skype/Facetime. His first Skype presentation occurred on July 27th, 2017 to a student literacy camp at Wabasca, Alberta. Tom has a genuine rapport with students of all ages, and can change the style of his programs to best suit the needs of each audience.
The use of Skype/Facetime allows teachers/schools to bring to their students successful authors at an affordable rate.
His latest presentation was to students in Grades 1 to 3 from the Fort Vermilion School Division. Tom can provide an outline of his presentation and cost upon request by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is able to adapt to fit the needs of the audience.
What Do They Say About Tom's Presentations?
School Division: Fort Vermilion School Division
City/Province/State: Blumenort, La Crete, Alberta
Your Name and Title: Chris Adamson – Principal of Hill Crest Community School
Tom did an excellent job discussing how to become an author and made it a very realistic goal for our students. He also answered their questions very well and posed his own in a way that our students could generate appropriate answers.