This picture sums up my experience #writing and #illustrating “The Tale of Tako the Tiger”…

  

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Blue and yellow tigers do not exist!

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 2nd, 2015
  
Three things that used to be true about tigers:

A- Not a single one LOVES tacos so much, they hold the world record for scarfing 200 down in one minute.

B- Not one of them has blue fur and yellow stripes from eating too many tacos.

C- And, 100% for sure, none are paid in tacos to guard library books at night in an elementary school.

Oh, how things have changed…

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“22 Cartoons That Show How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation”

These are hilariously yet sadly true…

Here’s the story 

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Three things that used to be true about tigers:

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A- Not a single Tiger LOVES tacos so much, they hold the world record for scarfing 200 down in one minute.

B- Not one of them has blue fur and yellow stripes from eating too many tacos.

C- And, 100% for sure, none are paid in tacos to guard library books at night in an elementary school.

Tako the tiger has changed the game, but how…?


The Tale of Tako the Tiger
is being released on June 2nd, 2015, both on paperback via Amazon’s Create Space, and digital through Gum Road. It’s fun for young readers and the whole family!

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The Tale of Tako the Tiger

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 2nd, 2015

Front Cover final

Three things that used to be true about tigers:

A- Not a single one LOVES tacos so much, they hold the world record for scarfing 200 down in one minute.

B- Not one of them has blue fur and yellow stripes from eating too many tacos.

C- And, 100% for sure, none are paid in tacos to guard library books at night in an elementary school.

Tako the tiger has changed the game, but how…?

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D.M.W. Lewis served a year commitment to the Colorado Reading Corps (As an AmeriCorps member under the Denver United Way) as a K-3rd grade Literacy Tutor, helping students behind grade level strengthen their reading skills. His story, The Tale of Tako the Tiger, is one he made up especially for his “reading stars”, and each one of them learns the tale when they begin working with him. It is beloved by not only the reading stars, but students across the school, who truly believe there is a taco loving tiger living in their library. They know better than to ever enter the library if they smell like tacos…

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The Tale of Tako the Tiger is being released on June 2nd, 2015, both on paperback via Amazon’s Create Space, and digital through Gum Road. It’s fun for young readers and the whole family!

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My story featured by UnitedWayDenver.org: “Giving Young Students the Tools to Succeed”

As a K-3rd grade Literacy Tutor for the Denver United Way and AmeriCorps, I’ve seen many great successes and tons of growth by students. One story in particular, “Giving Young Students the Tools to Succeed“, is a special tale that I’m very proud to be a part of!

http://www.unitedwaydenver.org/news/giving-young-students-tools-succeed

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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

D.M.W. Lewis:

“What Students Remember Most About Teachers” #teachers #elementary #school #teaching #inspiration

Originally posted on Pursuit of a Joyful Life:

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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