Stanley is an ordinary squirrel who collects acorns, teases cats, and runs in front of cars. In this delightful story, he learns why.
about the project
This project will fund the illustration and paper publication of my children's story, Stanley, the Very Fine Squirrel. I will be publishing with Xlibris, a print-on-demand publisher with excellent children's book illustrators, color printing, and quality binding. Every contribution is important, but the book will only get published if we reach our goal of $4,000 by the deadline. As Stanley says, authors "aren't smart like squirrels and owls, you know. They need help!"
Stanley is a squirrel who meets a wise owl, and in the course of their conversation he finds his purpose in life. The running message of "Why are you?" allows children and adults alike to think about how their everyday actions help others. The joy of the story is that practically everyone already knows Stanley. They see him scurrying around every day, running across the street and climbing trees. People who have heard the story often tell me, "I saw Stanley today helping the trees," or "Stanley slowed me down today."
how stanley came to be
About three and a half years ago, I wrote and told the story of Stanley (whose original name was Rocco) for a church service. At that first telling, and every time since, people have told me that I should publish the story. They frequently ask for copies, but there aren't any...YET. With your help, it's finally time to get Stanley published so that we humans can slow down a little bit and find out why WE are!
why not use a traditional publisher?
Publishing children's books is a very difficult task, even for professional children's writers. First you need to find an agent; and then the agent needs to find a publisher, and then...well, it takes years even if everyone says yes, which they rarely do. So, with your generous contributions Stanley can be available in print, beautifully illustrated, for people the world over to enjoy. You've heard the story. If you like it and think it should be published, you can make it happen.
Your generosity as the producers of this book will make a difference in the lives of everyone who reads it, whether they learn to slow down a little, find their own life's purpose, or just get a good chuckle over Stanley's antics. Maybe your support will help you to figure out, "why are you?"
Yes. You get the incentive at your giving level and every lesser incentive too.
Because Stanley helped by slowing down the cars!
Kickstarter will charge your card on February 18, but only if we reach the goal of $4,000. That's next month's money! Go ahead and make a pledge today.
If you help get Stanley published, he will answer that question for you and many others!
Yes, really! Can't afford it by yourself? Get several friends to chip in. This is a great project for a group of teachers or librarians, or squirrel (and owl) lovers nationwide!
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