A Children's book of fun, adventure, and life lessons- set in an Ancient City.
Ancient City Kitty (www.ancientcitykitty.com) is a series of stories about four friends who travel oceans away from their homes and families in pursuit of adventure. In their sea bound adventures they are left shipwrecked in St.Augustine, FL, the nations oldest city. Lost, lonely, and orphaned they meet and become a family. The main character is Nina, a kitten who shipwrecked in St.Augustine from Spain. Roaming the streets of St.Augustine alone she quickly meets twin kittens, Gavin and Gilly. Gavin and Gilly also shipwrecked in St.Augustine, but they’re from England. Lastly is their friend Leon, the mouse of St.Augustine. Leon arrived on a ship from France 3 years ago and has been living under the historic bridge of Lions in St.Augustine. Although they are from different cultures they are able to unite and become a family, and share adventures and overcome obstacles.
Although Ancient City Kitty is a series of adventurous tales about cats shipwrecking in St.Augustine, children will also find life lessons in the stories. Through the characters the stories teach children to embrace cultural diversity, understand responsibility, and convey the importance of friendship and love. We strive for children to understand that they can learn so much from each person they meet; as long as they have open eyes, ears, minds, and hearts to the possibilities.
ACK also shows children that no matter their lot in life, no matter how lonely they feel at times, friendless they feel, and no matter the challenges that they have to face, everything can be overcome and turned into positive learning experiences, and no matter where they are they can always make friends, and in those friendships they will always have a family.
We have big dreams for ACK! I have written 3 books (ideas for 5 more) and the illustrations for the first book are complete. Our goal is to publish these books and get them out to the world! With respect to our diverse cast, would love to publish in multiple languages, especially Spanish and French. We created the characters with animation in mind for both 2D and 3D applications hoping at some point to create an animated series for web and broadcast. We feel there is great potential for really fun eco friendly toy and merchandising opportunities to further the promote the stories and characters.
The funds raised through kickstarter will be allocated to various areas of development and continued creation of the stories and characters. Specifically illustrations for the books, ipad development, self publishing, design, administrative expenses, 2D and 3D animation, testing, rewards for our backers, website design and development, marketing and advertising costs, and philanthropy.
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