Rosie, a Detroit Herstory
History doesn’t have to be boring and children's books don’t need to be simplified to be entertaining to tiny humans. To that end, two (raucous, loud, slightly goofy, talented, nerdy) friends from Detroit are proud to introduce Rosie, a Detroit Herstory Book. A children's (sort of) book about Detroit, World War II, and the women who helped save the world. This 37-page, full-color, 8x10 hardcover book features original rhyming text and beautiful artwork about the women of Detroit who would come to be known as Rosie the Riveters. The story begins with Germany’s army marching into Poland, the Lend-Lease Act, and the eventual need for women to join the American workforce as men shipped out to war. By the end of the story you, your drunk brother-in-law, or your toddler will have a better understanding of who and what Rosie the Riveter really was, how Detroit changed over to a wartime industrial powerhouse, and why the legacy of Women War Workers is still so important. Included at the rear of the book is a timeline and glossary of terms for future study.
Why do we call it “A Detroit Herstory”?
The Detroit part is simply because we love Detroit. We are excited, overjoyed, and spilling with ideas to celebrate the history of our proud city through our unique form of storytelling. The word “Herstory” is defined as history viewed from a female or specifically feminist perspective. A 2011 Florida State University study found that less than 33 percent of children’s books published between 1990 and 2000 featured an adult woman and only 7.5 percent feature a female protagonist. We love our city and the women who helped to build it. We recognize that all too often their stories are lost to the mainstream and that can mean they are lost to the tiny ears and eyes who could be most inspired by them. We hope to continue the Detroit Herstory brand though many more titles but are proud to start with a group of women so brave, trailblazing, and downright Detroit as the women, known collectively, as Rosie the Riveter.
Meet the makers:
Story by Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Bailey is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She is an author, humorist, workaholic, and Faygo-loving feminist from the great City of Detroit. A lover of city ephemera her most prized possessions include her antique books about Detroit, her Library of Congress reader's card, and her collection of vintage jewelry. She works as an automotive sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of her fine city. When she isn’t tramping around Detroit giving tours, drinking at century-old bars, and talking history with anyone who’ll join her, she can be found at her home in Highland Park.
Illustrations by Nicole Lapointe
Nicole is a local Detroit freelance artist and resident geek. She's passionate about Detroit's French heritage and weird folklores, bike life, art, nerdery, and general tomfoolery. When she's not working on "art" and commissions in her little shop of horrors (a spooky room in the basement of an 1800's Queen Anne in Detroit’s famed Woodbridge neighbourhood) she can be found volunteering around town, dressing up in costumes, biking, roller skating, digging around for weird Detroit tales, and never taking a serious photo. Ever.
Do you like the idea and want to help out?
We decided to self-publish the book because we were a little (a lot) out of the box for the old school publishing houses. Here’s a breakdown of what the campaign will fund: Book printing through our partnership with Blurb Publishing, shipping costs (to us and then to you), local production of pledge level rewards, two brand spankin’ new Sharpies for use in autographing books (worst case Bailey’s mom said she’d chip in the $2.09 to cover the Sharpies) We don’t need, expect, or ask for funds to support our own odd writing habits and illustration binges. We are simple gals and our supply of Vernors Ginger Ale and Better Made potato chips have seen us through the creation process. We just need your help in getting to market.
The Big Beg:
Making a pledge is the equivalent of pre-ordering the book or buying some cool Rosie swag to help us offset the price of the first run of printing. Printing books is a scaled cost—the more books we print, the cheaper each copy becomes. We need your support as a backer in order to raise the capital for a high volume order. This order will fulfill backer pledges along with stocking local store shelves, museum shops, and history events. Books will retail for 32.00 dollars in brick and mortar establishments. We take your support seriously and will work, work, work like ladies on the assembly line to make sure your rewards arrive by November 1st, 2017.
Rosie the Riveter Sticker Sheet- It’s a super fun sheet of die cut stickers featuring original artwork.
Rosie Mini Button Four-Pack -Four 1.25 inch buttons with metal backings. These neat little buttons will arrive on a custom cardboard backer board suitable for gift giving or wearing to any fancy-shmancy
Rosie the Riveter Postcard Set- Nine nifty standard sized postcards, featuring three original designs. Three of each design will ship to you tied up with a bow and accompanied by our love.
Limited Edition Fine Art Print- Nicole is printing a very limited number of fine art quality prints from original digital illustrations for the book. These prints will feature the art only and exclude the story text seen on the pages of the book. Each print will be signed and numbered by Nicole. This item is exclusive to Kickstarter. The print is 11"x17".
The Book! - Rosie, a Detroit Herstory is a 36 page, full color, hardcover, book. Inside you’ll find the exciting story of the women known as Rosies, the Women War Workers of World War II. The story is written in a fun rhyming style that proves entertaining for kids and adults. At the back of the book is a glossary of terms and a timeline of World War II homefront dates to add context to the story.
You da’ Rosie—Nicole will draw you (or your sister, your son, your mom, or your pet pug) as a Rosie. You’ll receive both a digital download for use as the greatest Facebook profile photo, avatar, or email to end your mom ever, and a giclée art print of your drawing. The print will be 8”x10” and ready to slip into a frame and hang proudly in your home, the Oval Office, or nursery. Please allow until December 1st for this reward.
What is the age target for this book? We hope this becomes the new favorite book of your 4- to 10-year-old. However, it seems to have hit a chord with the delightfully quirky adult audience as well. Are you the awesome aunt or cool uncle looking for a baby shower gift? Do you keep fun books on your coffee table? Are you seven years old and unable to stop thinking about pre-World War II gender economics? This book if for you!
Will you write more books? Yes, we are already busy working on the next book in the series but the list of ideas ranges from Detroit Flappers of Prohibition to Mary Chase Perry Stratton to Prostitution (yes, as a children's book) to Martha Reeves to Marie Therese Cadillac to former Detroit Mayors.
What if I want to donate some or all of the books as part of my pledge? We are thrilled to be working with The Detroit Free Little Library Project, a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status. When the Kickstarter campaign closes, just let me know how many copies you want to keep versus donating to The Detroit Free Little Libraries.
Risques et défis
The book is done and just needs to be printed. It should be here in time for us to sign (where required) and ship to you in time for your favorite December gift-giving occasion. There is always the chance that our penchant for Coney Dogs and Vernors Floats will lead to our high cholesterol finally claiming us. In the event that our untimely demises keep us from shipping, or signing, or hugging duties we truly apologize. We expect no delays in the project and have worked in a six-week slush time to allow for any issues. The biggest risk we face is loving you all so much our tiny, illustrated heads will explode in gratitude!
Where possible we have sourced the production of non-book rewards by local businesses. This is important in two ways; first, it gets you your swag more quickly, and second, it allows us to physically hover over the shoulder of the button/sticker/postcard markers and hurry them along.
You can expect all backer rewards by the first week in November however we hope to ship in early September with most items arriving to backers in October. For those ordering outside the USA please allow additional time for package delivery.
Période de financement
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