Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 5, 2013.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

A children's alphabet book based on OR-7, "Journey," the first wolf back in California in nearly a century. Illustrated in watercolor.

THE STORY

An Alphabet Journey is a children's alphabet book about OR-7, the wolf known as "Journey", the first wolf back in California in 80 years. Children can follow Journey on his journey through parts of Oregon and California. Through his encounters with bears and highways, ranch fences and wildfires, he looks for a place to belong and be happy.

This is a book for kids and parents who love animals and the environment. This is also a book for anyone who has felt like an outsider but never stopped trying to find a place to belong. Finally, this is a book for underdogs, human and otherwise.

Hopefully, this will raise awareness of endangered and displaced species like Californian wolves and grizzly bears, amongst others. This book is also unconsciously about the modern technological world that is the inheritance of this generation. This is evident in how digital media helped make Journey famous and also how Oregon Wild tracked Journey's travels via a tracking collar. This tracking collar will expire in 2014 and we will no longer know where Journey is, or how his journey ends. We can only hope that his dreams come true and he finds a home. An Alphabet Journey will continue to remind us about this amazing animal even after the collar expires.

My first meeting with a real wolf - 8/2013
My first meeting with a real wolf - 8/2013

An Alphabet Journey is illustrated in Schmincke watercolors on Arches paper with a limited palette of Manganese Violet and Chrome Yellow Deep that conveys Journey's loneliness and hope. The illustrations were kept loose and spare, so that Journey has space to look and dream and so do the readers. Apart from being a partial travelogue of his trek from Oregon to California, it is also an unconventional alphabet book that parents and children can read together.

Click on this to play with an interactive digital map of OR-7's trek. Read my updates to learn more about this map!
Click on this to play with an interactive digital map of OR-7's trek. Read my updates to learn more about this map!

FUNDING

The biggest risk for this book is that it will just disappear. So many books, even when published through major publishing houses, end up on a waiting list for a few years and then just vanish after publication. Because An Alphabet Journey is an independent children's book, it's going to be even harder for it to succeed. In order to even be printed, this book needs to be fully funded on Kickstarter within 30 days, otherwise I'll receive no funding at all.

The majority of funding for this project would go to a limited print run of the book and to high quality scans of the watercolor paintings for that print run. (I've scanned previous watercolor paintings with horrendous results and know that this picture book will need professional scanning to do justice to Journey.) I will also use some funding to advertise An Alphabet Journey because, unlike Journey, I'm not famous.

If I exceed funding for the above requirements, I would be excited to put it toward a limited giclée print run and an instructional video that recreates one of the paintings in the book. (In fact, it would be great to do a longer video and also a shorter one geared toward children.)

One canvas bag design--makes groceries cooler and better informed!
One canvas bag design--makes groceries cooler and better informed!
Mini-paintings from the interactive map--also great for stickers! Click on this to see the update about them.
Mini-paintings from the interactive map--also great for stickers! Click on this to see the update about them.

REWARDS

People who help Journey along his alphabet journey will receive some fun and beautiful rewards:

  • You can get a copy of the eBook (a more environmentally friendly way to read picture books, if you have a Kindle, iPad, Android or other tablet).
  • You can also tote all your organic produce and animal books in a lovely canvas bag printed with one of the watercolor paintings from the book!
  • Of course, the reward list would be incomplete without signed hardcover and softcover copies of An Alphabet Journey in various tiers and packages.
  • If you're an art enthusiast who loves animals and watercolor paintings, you can pitch in for your very own giclée print of your favorite painting.
  • And if nothing but the original painting on Arches watercolor paper will do for you, you can even get one of the five original paintings available!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Because I'm both the author and the illustrator, the only risk of not finishing this book if funded is if something happened to me. I promise, if funded, that I will not cross busy streets incautiously, nor will I experiment with new cuisine (especially anything grown with pesticides), or let my mom convince me that we should finally make that nostalgic family visit to Pakistan.

I take this commitment very seriously. I first had the idea for An Alphabet Journey while I was completing my certificate in Children's Literature at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have the text and the thumbnails fully developed, as well as several pieces already finished. If funded, I would enthusiastically and quickly finish and publish this wonderful book.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
78
Backers
$8,357
pledged of $8,000 goal
0
seconds to go
Img_0145.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    Anyone who donates at this level or above will receive a special thank you on An Alphabet Journey's page on my site.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $7 or more
    You selected

    2 backers All gone!

    To celebrate my successful Kickstarter, I'm offering a limited number of unsigned softcover copies of An Alphabet Journey practically for free! This cost will actually only cover the printing and shipping and really it's about celebrating by getting this book to 75 more people who want it!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    7 backers

    You'll receive a digital copy of An Alphabet Journey on Kindle, iPad or Android.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $15 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    As soon as it's finished, you'll get a softcover copy of An Alphabet Journey!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    10 backers

    You'll get a signed softcover edition of An Alphabet Journey with a note thanking you for your support.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    You'll receive a canvas book bag with a print of one of the watercolors from the book on the side so you can keep all of your animal books snug.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $7 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more
    You selected

    13 backers

    You'll get a signed hardcover edition of An Alphabet Journey with a special thank you for supporting this Kickstarter.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $6 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    You'll receive a softcover copy of An Alphabet Journey and a Journey canvas book bag!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    You'll get a signed hardcover book and a digital copy of An Alphabet Journey for your eReader!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $6 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    You'll have a Journey canvas book bag, along with a signed softcover book and a signed hardcover book to put inside it.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    10 backers All gone!

    You'll get a signed hardcover copy of the book and a special thank you in the acknowledgements of An Alphabet Journey.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $220 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    If you're really in love with Journey, then you'll get a giclée print of your choice of any of the watercolor paintings from the book (signed and numbered as part of a limited series) along with a signed hardcover copy of the book!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    One amazingly lucky backer (who is able to make it to Northern California) can join me in visiting Aqutaq, a real Arctic Wolf who lives in Marin with Oliver Starr, the wolf-walker!!! Oh, this lucky backer also gets a signed, hardcover copy of the book. Don't you want to be this lucky?

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    A very rare, single offer to go hiking with Aqutaq and her pack: One lucky $500 backer can enjoy an afternoon hike in the hills of Marin with Oliver, Aqutaq and Bixby! This is a special prize and unique opportunity to photograph a wolf without fences or leashes… This is an incredibly rare and special opportunity for the right person to get some amazing photos…

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $550 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    If you have to have an original watercolor painting of Journey hanging on your wall, then you can be one of five special people to get one of the limited original paintings available, along with a signed hardcover version of the book.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
Funding period

- (30 days)