Inspiring students! A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale, Van Dyke’s exciting, adventure-filled book, tells the story of a boy and girl not yet sixteen coming of age in Arizona, 1873. Experiencing a hostile frontier, they persevere in search of each other and discover strengths, skills and values. Education will be served on the plate of entertainment. Van Dyke’s presentation provides moments of self-discovery, inspiring student imagination and provoking insights and talking points for happy, positive lifestyles.
Tom Van Dyke received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Arts. A member of Western Writers of America, he has written screenplays since 1970. One of his motion pictures was considered for nomination of an Academy Award ®. His creative expression of writing and film production is shared with his creation of fine art. Van Dyke’s sculptures, paintings and photography have been exhibited or are in the permanent collections of the NY Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Art Institute, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art.