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Our 10 year old found an endangered tortoise. Spots was returned to the wild, and a new book series was born. Written by our daughter. Read more

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Our 10 year old found an endangered tortoise. Spots was returned to the wild, and a new book series was born. Written by our daughter.

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About this project

The idea of this book was born from an experience, one that was very joyous and at the same time, heartbreaking.  Spots was the name of the tortoise our 10 year old daughter found while riding her bike one day.  He became her pet and she loved him dearly.  After several short weeks with him, we realized Spots was actually an endangered gopher tortoise so we released him back to the wild.  Our daughter, actually our entire family, was devastated and really missed our new friend.  After talking through some ideas to keep the memory of Spots alive in our family, Kamden decided to write a book about Spots the Tortoise.  Her goal was to write a book for kids that would allow them to share in the fun and joy that he brought our family.  

The hard part is done, the story is written and it's amazing.  Now we are looking to this awesome community for help to bring Kamden's dream to life. 

Specifically, we encouraged Kamden to help us run a Kickstarter campaign so she can see the power of community rallying around a shared vision.  We've done the math and we need just under $5,000 total.  The first piece would be to hire an amazing children's illustrator.  He is based in Kansas City and has done fantastic work.  Beyond his costs, we are going to self-publish this book through Amazon and we'd like to have funds available to print at least 250 high quality hard cover books.

Risks and challenges

We think we have the two main things lined up - the illustrator (www.chrissembower.com) and the self-publishing and printing process through Amazon.

But we're not a publishing company. We're a family of 7. So there is risk in us not ever doing this before and fully understanding the process. But I think we're in a good place, and we'll do what it takes to help Kamden get this off the ground.

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    Better than giving Kamden $5 at one of her lemonade stands, this donation will directly help her get her project off the ground. If you provide your address, she'll send you a thank you note for your $5 donation.

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    6 backers

    Bypass the Starbucks line twice and help support Kamden's vision of bringing this book to life. A $10 donation will give you a thank you card from Kamden along with a picture of her and Spots.

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    5 backers

    Be the first readers of Spots the Tortoise. Every $15 donation will receive a personal email from Kamden along with the fully illustrated electronic version (e-book) of Spots the Tortoise.

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    46 backers

    Be the first to share the physical book of Spots the Tortoise with your friends and family. For $25, this level will help us accelerate our plans and this project going. We will mail you the physical Spots the Tortoise book along with a thank you card from Kamden.

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    If you're willing to support Kamden at this level, the physical book and e-book are both yours. Along with a thank you card. And unending respect from our family.

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    15 backers

    Let's show Kamden the power of generosity and community. Not only will we love you forever, you'll get the physical book, e-book, handwritten thank you letter and a personalized video from our family to yours expressing our gratitude. And if you have other creative ideas, we'd for sure consider it at this level.

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