Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dr. Paul Semendinger ~ character interview and his novel ~ Principal Sam Gets Fit

TITLE: Principal Sam Gets Fit
AUTHOR: Dr. Paul Semendinger
CATEGORIES: Picture Book/Children’s Book/Physical Fitness
ISBN: 978-0692925492
IMPRINT: Sunquills

KEYWORDS: School, Sports, Physical Education, Yoga, Friendship, Children, Principal

PRINCIPAL SAM'S NOT FEELING WELL! He's been eating too much candy and forgetting to exercise. Principal Sam knows he needs to get in shape, but he's not sure where to start. Ms. Tami tells Principal Sam to come to her P.E. class. If only he could keep all the sports straight! It's a good thing the kids of Sunnyside School are here to help!

Principal Sam is at it again!  The loveable principal, who often gets confused, ate far too many snacks on Halloween.  Principal Sam gained a lot of weight and is not in shape.  To fix this, Principal Sam turns to Ms. Tami, the school’s physical education instructor.  Ms. Tami invites Principal Sam into her class.  Poor Principal Sam begins to mix-up the sports and activities.  Once again the children of the school help Principal Sam.  They teach him about the sports.  All is well until a problem occurs on Field Day…  Can the special day be saved?


Host: We are here with Principal Sam, the main character in a new series of picture books.  Welcome Principal Sam.

Principal Sam: Hello.  Thanks for having me.

Host:   Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Principal Sam: Yes.  I am a lucky man.  I am the principal of Sunnyside School, an elementary school with great kids and teachers.

Host: That’s nice.  What, if anything, is special about your school?

Principal Sam: The student, especially, help me.

Host: They help you? 

Principal Sam: Yes.  I get confused sometimes.

Host: I don’t understand.

Principal Sam: Neither do I sometimes.

Host: No.  I don’t understand how the kids help you.  What are you confused about?       

Principal Sam: I get confused about all sorts of things.

Host: Like what?

Principal Sam: Well, I used to get confused about the holidays…

Host: How do you mix-up a holiday?

Principal Sam: I once tried to celebrate Thanksgiving on Valentine’s Day.

Host: How did that work out?

Principal Sam: It was ok.  The kids helped me figure it out.  One student gave me a Valentine’s Day card.

Host: How have you worked through this problem?

Principal Sam: The students and teachers helped me.

Host: What did they do?

Principal Sam: I can’t tell you that.  It’s how my book ends.  You’ll have to read the book to find it out.

Host: Fair enough.  Can you tell me if you confuse anything else?

Principal Sam: Sports.  I got confused there as well.

Host: You mixed-up sports? 

Principal Sam: Yes.  I say things like “Touchdown!” when students score in basketball.

Host: Can you tell me how you fixed that problem?

Principal Sam: Nope.  That’s what my second book is all about.

Host:  How many books will you have?

Principal Sam: I’m hoping a lot.  Right now I have five book titles.  The one about sports, “Principal Sam Gets Fit,” is coming out now!.  The others will come in time.  My next book tells the story of how I mixed up some famous children’s stories.  That book will be titled, “Principal Sam and the Three Bears.”

Host: What do you know a lot about?

Principal Sam: Being kind.  Helping others.  Working hard.  Those are things I believe in and teach the students at Sunnyside School.  We all support and help each other.

Host: It sounds like you have a special school.

Principal Sam: I do.  Now what was your name again?

Host: I don’t think I ever told you my name.

Principal Sam: You might have, and I just forgot.

Host: I don’t think I did.

Principal Sam: Well, it’s nice talking to you anyway.

Host: The pleasure was all mine.  Yikes!  We are out of time.  Thanks for coming.  I hope to see you again Principal Sam.

Principal Sam: You’ll be seeing a lot of me.  My books are becoming VERY popular!  I love sharing my stories with children.  Thank you so very much!

Dr. Semendinger has been a passionate child-centered educator for almost 30 years. He first enjoyed a successful career as a middle school history earning numerous awards including “Teacher of the Year” and the prestigious “A+For Kids” grant before moving on to administration. Dr. Semendinger has served as a high school vice principal, a middle school principal, and is currently the principal of the most wonderful elementary school in the whole world!

Dr. Semendinger is also an accomplished writer. His first book of motivational passages, “Impossible is an Illusion” was be released in June 2017 by Ravenswood Publishing.  Dr. Semendinger’s first novel, “Scattering the Ashes” will be released in 2018 also from Ravenswood. In addition, Dr. Semendinger writes picture books.  His first picture book for children “Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion” has been released to excellent reviews!  The follow-up book in the Principal Sam series, “Principal Sam Gets Fit” will be released in July 2017.  Dr. Semendinger’s original and unique history of the New York Yankees “The Least Among Them,” is also currently in editorial review.  In additional to his published writing, Dr. Semendinger is a featured writer on the highly successful Yankees blog, “It’s About the Money” which is a member of the ESPN SweetSpot Network.  He also frequently publishes on eduTopia and on his highly successful blog. 

More than all of this, a family man, Dr. Semendinger enjoys and greatly values the time he can spend as a husband and “Dad” with his wife and three sons.  There is nothing he is prouder of than the fact that he is a good dad and husband.



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