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A boy from the tree city goes on a quest to find out what's missing from everyday live - the joy that comes from seeing the Milky Way.
A boy from the tree city goes on a quest to find out what's missing from everyday live - the joy that comes from seeing the Milky Way.
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This project that I am working on is called A Room With a View and it is a children's story about a boy who lives in a tree city.  Skyscrapers, personified houses, caterpillar buses and butterfly planes are part of the daily routine and life in the tree city is pretty good.  But the boy feels like something is missing, something that is crucial to our humanity is nowhere to be found, so he goes on a quest to try and figure out what that is. He boards a tall ship with maple leaf sails and together with the captain they sail across foreign sees in search of what it is.

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After encountering everything from squid tree forests to waterfalls in the middle of the ocean created by shifting tectonic plates, they eventually land on an island and see what it is they're looking for: the Milky Way.

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The sun, the moon, the planets and the stars are the one thing that connect every human being on every corner of the globe, no matter where you are.  When our ancestors were outside they looked up at the night sky and saw the Milky Way in its full spectrum.  The night sky was the basis for everything, it is what ancient religions were based on, when the best time to plant crops was, and it was used for navigation not only on the physical plane but the mental one as well.

When we look up at the night sky we're lucky to see a few scattered stars; light pollution blocks them out.  

Have you ever stood under the Milky Way and been completely taken aback by the magnificence of what just is - this amazing place where our planet resides!  And then think about the fact that there are as many galaxies in the universe as visible stars in our night sky, its mind blowing.

Not to mention the overwhelming sense of peace and connectedness to "all that is" that basking under the Milky Way brings.  Imagine if everyone was able to stand under the night sky and gaze off to the infinite; the peace that would come from that would be amazing.  

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This quote pretty much sums it up:

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” 
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

I am doing this Kickstarter in order to raise funding for self-publishing costs and to spread the word.  With the money raised I could print around 200 books and distribute them.  I would really love to find an actual publisher though so if you are a publisher and interested in getting this book on the shelves, please email me at ARoomWithAViewKidsBook@gmail.com

Thanks for checking out my work!

PEace, love, all of the above, much aloha and namaste!

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    The above plus a cd with some ukulele songs. These songs are not necessarily related to the book but are fun regardless.

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    The above, plus an original concept sketch or painting. In the event that I run out, I'll do a special illustration just for you.

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    The above minus original concept sketch, plus a full color (22x30in), full size print of a watercolor illustration I did of the Mackinac Bridge. The bridge is made of trees and is similar to the image of the cover.

    I can split up delivery time. For example, I can send out the prints in the spring and then send the book in the fall when its published. This applies for all of the above.

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