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Sally is going places, The Farm, The Mountains and in her New York Times bestseller, The Beach. Now Sally wants to visit New York.

About The Story

Sally Discovers New York will be the second in a series of eBooks called "Sally Discovers". In each eBook Sally discovers a new place in her doggy centric way. Ever curious, the adventurous, lovable Black Lab Sally, is always learning, exploring and making new friends.

For this project, we are trying something new. We are asking for suggestions of places Sally should visit while in the Big Apple. As Vermonters, we welcome the advice from folks more familiar with New York City. We hope we will discover some new, fun and off beat places perfect for a dog like Sally. By taking suggestions from Kickstarter supporters, we are keeping the story fluid so it truly is written by "Sally and Friends."

New York City is a place of diverse cultures. We hope to translate this story into the many languages heard in the city. I just found out that there are over 800 different languages spoken in NYC! So we can't do them all, but we will start with some of the most popular. The first edition Sally Discovers New York eBook will be in English, the second in Mandarin, the third in Spanish and the fourth in French.

If we secure sufficient funding to develop the layouts, we plan to have copies of Sally Discovers New York eBooks with text in both English and another language simultaneously.

This will be a fun learning tool to help children learn English or a second language. In this way we will be creating eBooks that are both engaging and educational.

Sally needs your help.

She is planning her very first trip to New York City to do research for her new book Sally Discovers New York. Sally doesn’t want to miss a thing! She would like to know what your favorite places are in New York City? Please send your recommendations to Sally.

Help Sally Choose where to go in New York
Help Sally Choose where to go in New York

One of the best ways to help is to let others know about "The Sally Discovers Project." Please tweet, email, post, Facebook, forward, call, promote, whisper, link, and tell all your friends, colleagues, bloggers, and local papers. Give them the Sally scoop. We would like to get the word out worldwide from our little corner of Vermont.

Sally has many other places she would like to discover and eBooks she would like to write for her "Sally Discovers" series. Additional funds will help continue this great series.

We are looking forward to reading your suggestions of places for Sally to visit. Check our project page often to see what places are most popular.
This will be exciting!

Of course, we want to reach our funding goal, so Sally and her school mates actually get to take their field trip to New York City. We have some great rewards that you and your friends will love. Remember Sally Swag makes great gifts!

Quick FYI - Rewards are not cumulative.

About The Creators

It will be a challenge following in Stephen Huneck's foot steps, but as his widow and part of a team that worked closely with Stephen in creating his books, we have a clear sense of his style, wit and engagingly simple text.

I especially want to acknowledge Amanda McDermott, our Dog Mountain graphic designer as well as the voice of the "The World of Books" lady! I often hear from parents that their children want to hear the Sally stories again and again. Children love to hear the stories read to them and later, to read them to themselves. Stephen had a real talent for knowing what would appeal to children. By using mostly preexisting artwork, we are true to Stephen's bold colorful style of woodcut illustrations.

Stephen was deeply interested in children's literacy. Dyslexic himself, he wanted to help children become confident readers. Sadly, Stephen and Sally are both gone, but certainly not forgotten. In the "Sally Discovers" series his legacy lives on. I know both Stephen and Sally would approve. ~ Gwendolyn Huneck

What is Kickstarter – How Does It Work?

Kickstarter is a new and creative way to fund creativity. Members of the Kickstarter community pledge support for projects they want to see come to fruition and then, like "The World of Books" lady says, "You get lots of gifts," or in Kickstarter speak, "rewards." At a time when funding for the arts is hard to find, the team at Kickstarter has found an innovative way to fill the gap. Also, Kickstarter is an "All or Nothing" deal, if we don't hit our goal, Sally won't be published.

How Will The Funds Be Used?

The funds will be used to create the eBook Sally Discovers New York in English. The book will be written and illustrated here at Dog Mountain by "Sally and Friends" using some of the suggestions from the Kickstarter community about places Sally should discover in New York City. The eBook will be available in March of 2013 in all tablet formats including; Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble "Read to Me" NOOK Book read by our own Amanda McDermott.

What Happens If We Go Over Our Goal?

If we go over our goal, we plan to translate Sally Discovers New York into a variety of languages. We will also develop the layouts to have our "Sally Discovers" series available in English and a second language simultaneously. If the project is very successful, we will start working on the third eBook in the "Sally Discovers" series. Again, we ask the Kickstarter community for suggestions about where you think Sally should travel next and what languages you would like to see Sally "learn."

Thank you for supporting our project!

~ Sally & Friends

(which includes the Dog Mountain team of Amanda, Jill, Kim, Tiffany, Stephanie, Fiore, Gwen and all of our friends at Trajectory.)

http://www.dogmt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/stephenhuneck

Meet the Characters

The star of the show is, of course, Sally. The original Sally was a retired seeing eye dog from Morristown, New Jersey, who we brought back to Vermont to live the good life. Sally and Stephen quickly bonded.

Sally would keep Stephen company in his studio while he worked. Just like in the various Sally books, the real Sally would accompany Stephen in his car or truck wherever he went, including many book signings. Children loved meeting Sally and Sally loved meeting children! As the children sat rapt listening to Stephen read from his latest book, Sally would patiently move from one child to the next so they all got to pet her.

Since the character Sally lives and goes to school on Dog Mountain, she will have several recurring friends.

One of Sally's friends is Molly, the Golden Retriever. Molly first appeared in "Sally Goes to the Farm," and is a real dog.

The lovely and very old Molly is lying by my desk as I write this. Like the Sally of old, Molly keeps me company wherever I go.

Another recurring character is Chocolate Chip or, "You can call me Chip," who is a Chocolate Lab. Chip creates mischief for Sally when their school goes on a field trip to New York City.

One more character is Bingo the Cat. The real Bingo used to lie on Stephen's work bench while he carved. Bingo the cat has been immortalized in many artworks by Stephen and plays a key role in the "Sally Goes to the Vet" book.

We will have to wait and see what other friends Sally will make as a new school year commences on Dog Mountain.

Since Sally's world is a very doggy centric one, Stephen always showed the people in his books as only a pair of legs or hands much like how a dog would experience the world as well as how a very young child would. We will be faithful to Stephen's way of portraying the world and its inhabitants.

Behind the Story

Although the "Sally Discovers" series is new, we like to highlight real events that happened to Stephen, myself and our family of dogs. For instance, the surprise bear cub that literally drops on their laps in Sally Discovers Dog Mountain actually happened to Stephen and our three dogs while they were resting in the woods at Dog Mountain. Events in Sally Discovers New York will also be based on things that actually happened, but you will have to wait until the book is finished to find out exactly what transpires. ~ Gwendolyn Huneck

Awards

Sally is not just another pretty face, she is a prize winner too. Some of her blue ribbons include:

  • The Parents Choice Silver Award
  • New York Times Best Seller
  • Child Magazine Best Books
  • Smithsonian Notable Book
  • Society of Illustrators Silver Award Winner

Overall Progress

Here is a sneak peak at some of the pages that are already completed:

Why we want to make this book?

Like Sally, the folks at Dog Mountain want to be continually growing and discovering new things. Writing and illustrating the "Sally Discovers" series allows us to be creative and feel connected to Stephen and his memory.

Sally has many other places she would like to discover and books she would like to write for her "Sally Discovers" series, so the more she can raise, the better The World of Books will be. We are looking forward to reading your suggestions for places Sally should visit. Check our project page often to see which places are most popular. This will be fun!

Of course, we also want to reach our funding goal, so Sally and her school mates actually get to take their field trip to New York City. We have some great rewards that you and your friends will love. Remember Sally Swag makes great gifts!

Questions?

If there are questions you have that haven't been answered, please send us an email or post a comment. We'll fetch it right away.

Stretch Goals

Mandarin Sally 莎莉发现纽约

If we are able to raise $9,000 in funding we will do a Mandarin version of “Sally Discovers New York,” which will be available in all digital formats.

Spanish Sally -  De Sally Descubre una Nueva York

If we are able to raise $11,000 in funding, we will do a Spanish version of “Sally Discovers New York,” which will be available in all digital formats.

French Sally - Sally découvre à New York 

If we are able to raise $13,000 in funding, we will do a French version of “Sally Discovers New York,” which will be available in all digital formats.

Bilingual Sally

This 'Stretch' is something that we are really enthusiastic about, which is having Sally Discovers New York published into two languages simultaneously. Children can opt to read the eBook in one language or the other or see both languages side by side. This is a fun way for a child to learn English or a second language. To accomplish this goal we will need to raise $15,000 in funding.

Discovering Sally

If the project does REALLY, REALLY well, we will have Sally Discover somewhere new. It could be anywhere in the world. Which place do you think Sally should discover next? Support the Project and please send us your suggestions.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As I have already mentioned, it will certainly be a challenge to follow in Stephen’s footsteps, but a challenge worth taking. Working side by side with Stephen for years, I think we have a deep understanding of what Stephen’s ultimate goals were with his Sally Books. I just hope we can be as creative, funny and insightful as he was. One reason I think Stephen’s art and books connect so strongly with both children and adults, is that he wrote from experience and what he wrote was true. Stephen knew our dogs intimately and had indeed gotten inside their heads. His dog characters were always authentic dogs, who acted like dogs actually act. Stephen wasn’t interested in some cartoon version of a dog who wears cloths and talks. While "Sally Discovers New York" is certainly a fantasy, we don’t want to stray too far from Sally’s essential doggyness. This is a creative and philosophical challenge.

Challenges of a more practical nature are making sure we allow ourselves enough time to get the eBook finished. The basic plot is already figured out, but we still have to finalize Sally’s itinerary and create the graphic illustrations that are on par with previous books and true to Stephen’s vision.

Some other issues with eBooks are getting the eBook reviewed. Generally speaking reviewers don’t like to review 1st to digital works. One of our great motivations of starting a Kickstarter project is to bring attention to the Sally Discovers Series and help us find more distribution from eBook retailers. There is always the possibility of unforeseen technical hurdles in the translation layouts especially if we use two languages simultaneously, as this will be a new step forward for us with eBooks.

We will have to work hard to get all the rewards out in a timely manner, but we are determined to do so. We have an experienced shipping department and plan to have the rewards as ready to ship as possible so when we get addresses most of the work is already done. This however will coincide with our typical busy holiday season. The team at Dog Mountain - Amanda, Jill, Kim, Tiffany, Fiore, Stephanie and I are more than willing to put in extra hours to insure our supporters are happy. The technical support from the team at Trajectory, Inc will be invaluable.

Kickstarter is new to us so there will be things we haven’t thought of that could hinder the effort. I believe we have the dedication, discipline and experience to pull it off! I am a pragmatic optimist. ~ Gwendolyn Huneck

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    Reward #1 Receive Sally Good Karma. What a deal!

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    Reward #2 Get on board with Sally! On board the bus that is. Join our lovable character on her field trip to NYC. We will place your Facebook profile pic looking out the window of Sally's school bus on our Facebook page. Become friends and receive entertaining updates about the Kickstarter project and Sally's progress creating her new book, "Sally Discovers New York".

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    Reward #4 "My Dog's Brain", was the first book Stephen wrote. Published in 1997, this book is a classic."My Dog's Brain" includes many of Stephen's best loved prints, such as "Love is Give and Take," "Life is a Ball," "Greetings," and many others. Sally makes her first appearance in this playful, humorous and very honest account of Sally's brain.These are first edition copies that we recently found stored in a closet! What a find!

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    Reward #5 A pack of 3 great Sally magnets - "NYC Taxi," "Friendship," and "Vermont Sled Dogs" from the original woodcut art. They all show Sally and Friends having a blast! These colorful Magnets will enliven your refrigerator or any metal surface. Very cool and they're made right here on Dog Mountain!

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    Reward #6 "Vermont Sled Dogs" Tote Bag - Everyone will love this adorable Tote with Sally and Friends sledding down the hill. Great for carrying books, groceries and all things totable. From Stephen's book, "Sally's Snow Adventure."

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    Reward #8 "Friendship Tote" - Show your support for Sally with this beguiling tote of Sally and Friends on the water. Sally could never have too many friends and neither can you! This tote makes a great gift for friends while you support a great project! From the New York Times best seller, "Sally Goes to the Beach."

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    Reward #7 "NYC Taxi" Tote - Let everyone know your pride of the greatest city on Earth with this playful image of Sally and Friends exploring NYC in a distinctive yellow Taxi Cab. Perfect for groceries or picnics in the park. From Sally's new book, "Sally Discovers New York."

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    Reward #9 "My Dog' s Brain" fine art print from Stephen's very first book, "My Dog's Brain." This Stephen Huneck classic is Sally's first appearance in a book. The long hours Sally spent with Stephen in the studio and on the road pay off with Stephen's insightful, humorous and very honest exploration of Sally's brain. Perfect gift for your vet or a brain surgeon!

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    Reward #10 "The Art of Stephen Huneck." This book offers a window into the charming world of the well-loved contemporary artist. Best known as the creator of Abrams "Sally the Black Lab" books, as well as the world famous Dog Chapel, Huneck was a multi-talented artist whose work ranged from prints to furniture and from humor to spirituality. Huneck drew on the tradition of New England folk art while exploring classic American themes and showcasing his exquisite skills as a craftsmen. Profusely illustrated, this book features the woodcuts of dogs that propelled the artist to fame. 226 pages

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    Reward #11 "Vermont Sled Dogs" - Who could resist this charming Giclee of Sally and Friends whooshing down a snowy hill in Vermont. This wonderful print is from the book, "Sally's Snow Adventure". Stephen wanted to capture the delightful fun of friends playing in the Vermont snow. As in all of Stephen's books, dogs of every color and size live harmoniously together. We can learn a lot from dogs!

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    Reward #13 "Friendship" - Spread the joy with this colorful Giclee of Sally and Friends enjoying a day at the beach. Sends a great message! From the book, "Sally Goes to the Beach."

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    Reward #12 "New York Taxi Cab" - This colorful Giclee of Sally and Friends sharing a cab and seeing the sights in New York City. This print is from "Sally Discovers New York" and is a must have for any New Yorker.

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    Reward #14 The same great Giclee, "Vermont Sled Dogs" set in a distinctive black frame 11’’x13’’ with archival, acid free, double mats and acid free foam core backing. Printed and framed by hand right here on Dog Mountain, Vermont by Sally and Friends.

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    Reward #15 The same great Giclee, "New York City Taxi" set in a distinctive black frame 11’’x13’’ with archival, acid free, double mats and acid free foam core backing. Printed and framed by hand right here on Dog Mountain, Vermont by Sally and Friends. Exclusively for Kickstarter!

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    Reward #16 The same great "Friendship" Giclee set in a distinctive black frame 11’’x13’’ with archival, acid free, double mats and acid free foam core backing. Printed and framed by hand right on Dog Mountain, Vermont by Sally and Friends.

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    Reward #17 Your dog will receive an Honorary Degree from the very prestigious Dog Mountain School. Not only does your pup have their name and photograph included in the "Sally Discovers New York" e-book, you will also be mailed our distinguished Dog Mountain School Diploma with your dog's name, ready to hang. It's bound to impress family, friends and other dogs. Let the world know how special your dog is!

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    Reward #18 "Sally Goes to the Vet" Limited Edition Artist's Book. Created in 2004 in an edition of 375, we have 15 copies left. All books have deep green linen covers and slip cases with brilliant gold lettering. Each copy includes a hand drawing by Stephen of two dogs holding a banner that says "Thanks for Caring!" The books are hand numbered and signed by the artist. Also included with the book are two limited edition high quality fine art prints of "The Vet" and "What a Ball," suitable for framing. The prints are also hand numbered and signed by Stephen. This Artist's Book is a real treasure!

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    Reward #19 “Sally Discovers New York” Taxi Diptych Giclee - A limited edition of only 100. Set in a distinctive black frame 15”x 25” with archival, acid free, double mats and acid free foam core backing. This wonderful art from the book is printed and framed by hand right here on Dog Mountain, Vermont by Sally and Friends.

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    Reward #20 An incredible sculpture of Sally to liven up your world. Cast in resin from Stephen's original wood carving. Created and painted by hand right here on Dog Mountain, Vermont. This special sculpture will fit nicely on any bookshelf or table top.

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    Reward #21 Do you want to make sure your favorite place in NYC is visited by Sally and her friends in the upcoming “Sally Discovers New York"? You can with this premium, which includes your choice of a favorite Museum, Restaurant, Art Gallery, Store or Park? Your favorite place will be illustrated in and written about and woven right into the story of "Sally Discovers New York." Plus your name will be placed on a special dedication page in the book with Sally's tail-wagging gratitude.

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    Reward #22 Lab Roundabout Chair - You knew Sally could sit on your lap, but did you know you could sit on Sally's lap? You can with this stunning example of Stephen Huneck's artistry. This carved chair looks great from every angle, and is very comfortable with a shaped Tiger Maple seat. Plus your name will be placed on a special dedication page in the book with Sally's tail-wagging gratitude.

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