La Petite Zelda goes to Paris - is an illustrated book for children in English, French and Braille
My daughter is almost 6 and her name is Zelda. She is blind. She has a twin brother named Creed. He can see. But La Petite Zelda sees everything, everyday. Stubbornly independent, silly and feisty, she is learning Braille, walks with a long white cane and has been attending a French immersion preschool everyday for the past 3 years. She sees things that I will never see. My family learns to look at things differently, everyday.
I have been working on this children's book for a year now and in July we will be going to Paris, as I have a teaching job there. I am finally getting to show Paris to my children and see it through "their eyes". The book will become a reality. As Zelda is an experiential learner, she will discover the city through touch, smell, sound and taste. This will be recorded in still photography but also in video, so we're able to capture her words. Her verbal impressions can then be added to the storyline of the book that has already been written.
Here are some examples of the scenarios:
- Zelda is holding a flower, she smells it and talks about the feel of it...then the illustration pulls back to reveal her standing in the Jardin de Tuileries.
- Next, Zelda is walking and "bonks" her head - as she does often - "Mama, what's that?" It's steel, it's very hard and rough, and smells funny. She runs her hands up as far as she can reach. We then see Zelda standing under La Tour Eiffel.
- There are so many scenes like this but none can just be written by me. They absolutely have to have the experience of Zelda discovering the city herself. It's not fiction - it's a true story.
And this is where you come in: our illustrator, Aaron Flynn, has been busy sketching "petite Zeldas" as well as placing her in scenarios that would represent her tactile discovery of Paris. But, nothing can truly be accomplished until we get over there and have Zelda, herself, interact with the city directly. Her words, her interpretations through touch, smell, taste and sound are essential to the book. Her experience will ring true - through to the actual representation of this adventure.
Your support will help us be on site in Paris so I can have Zelda experience the city through her own senses and then, the the book can be finished - being penned and illustrated. The funds will provide for final writing, illustration, and first round production of the book. Writing a bi-lingual book is easy, adding Braille will require different technology.
So, please help us realize this dream. I would love for you all to be able to see Paris through the "eyes" of Zelda...et merci mille fois...
- (30 days)