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By Melissa Yeomans
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About this project

Boy and Dog Basking in the Waning Sunlight
Boy and Dog Basking in the Waning Sunlight

We need $15,000 to print our first thousand copies of RUN DOG! RUN! Please back this project today to help us get our start with high quality printed hardcovers. Many people have asked what we plan to do with the $15,000. Here is our expense estimate breakdown. 

Printing minimum order (1,000) copies on a high quality press $8,000-$10,000

Paying Kickstarter Fees and Taxes $2,000

Paying for Shipping Gifts to Backers $1,000

Recovering Campaign Expenses $1,000

Doggy Dollars

I have estimated these expenses and left a small cushion for error because I am not in a position to run a successful campaign and end up with a bill! We are offering an eBook and Audio Book to every backer regardless of our campaigns success! You will not be charged if we do not reach the $15,000 goal. Please consider backing our Kickstarter today. Just click on the green Back This Project button and follow the directions there. Thank You!

Although the adorable chemistry of Isaac and Xanthos is enough to leave you wanting more, I invite you to read further to find that this "tail" has more depth and length to it.

Tucked inside the warmth of Grandma's handmade quilt is the charming and simplistic story of Boy and Dog. Boy invites you into his world as he narrates, sharing with you the joys that shape their play. Adventures with mud, water, sticks, tails and more, take us to a place where Boy is free ... free to run and imagine alongside his beloved companion Dog.

RUN DOG! RUN! is illustrated with more than 30 beautiful full color photographs that have been tweaked and edited to inspire further imagination.

Grandma's Handmade Quilt
Grandma's Handmade Quilt

RUN DOG! RUN! will delight the hearts of the young and old alike, yet was written specifically for children age 2-6 years old. As you read the story try yelling out, "RUN DOG! RUN!!" together with Boy. It is sure to evoke a belly laugh, or two, or three.

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SPEECH THERAPY RESOURCE 

RUN DOG! RUN! will also provide an invaluable tool for children in speech therapy who are working to master the R sound. The book has many R's and minimal words per page. Fun is the middle name of this book!

Included as a stretch goal (If we exceed our funding goal.) is a professionally recorded song sung by Isaac based on the scenes in the illustrations, that speech therapists and parents can use alongside the book. 

MONTESSORI

Montessori teachers and parents will welcome this book into their classrooms and homes as the book details real life ways to play and engage in your surroundings. Included as an additional stretch goal is a Montessori cursive version of the text with consonants in red and vowels in blue. 

The History of RUN DOG! RUN!:

When Isaac was just three years old, I found that there were few books that could hold his attention and capture his imagination. I would read his favorite book, Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman, multiple times a day while he raced around the table in circles. I realized that the simple idea of going fast was something my son loved, add to that rhyming, shouting, and a dog, and you couldn't get much more exciting than that.

Isaac was my inspiration for writing RUN DOG! RUN!

Although I tried, I couldn't pull the photo illustrations together until Isaac was old enough to be the model. He was destined to be my “Boy.” I had almost given up hope that the dog I imagined would be possible to find, much less available for modeling, when I crossed paths with Nancy and Lily Graverson and their Burgamasco Sheepdog, Xanthos. Christine Sikora signed on to the adventure with camera in hand to capture the illustrations.

What happened in the shoots between Isaac and Xanthos was pure magic. 

We waited and searched for an artist to do the editing and formatting until the talented Josh LeQuire took the position, taking us all the way to the finish line with RUN DOG! RUN!

It was then I realized that the story wouldn't be complete without a professionally recorded audio book read by Boy himself! That led to an adventure in The Creative Cabin, a cozy studio complete with fireplace. Michael Crittendon produced the audio book adding the touch of original music he wrote, performed and produced especially for Isaac! Now no one wants to hear me read the book I wrote! All they want is to hear the audio book of Isaac reading. I don't mind one bit.

Three years from the original idea we have now successfully completed the photography, editing, and formatting for RUN DOG! RUN!, but we haven't crossed the finish line yet! The important task of printing remains to be done! For this I established a self-publishing imprint, Sparrow Song Publishing. I have received a quote from Dickinson Press, a reputable local printing company, to print hardcover copies. The minimum order required is 1,000 books. In order to make a beautiful, hardcover copy of RUN DOG! RUN! available in print, we need your help!

Isaac ran so hard in hopes of having a dog he could call his own. It is my hope that through this Kickstarter not only will our dream of a high quality copy of RUN DOG! RUN! be made available (one we can sell at a reasonable price), but also that my "Boy" who is now six will be able to own a dog to run and play with each and every day. 

Here Isaac is at his sixth birthday this past January making his birthday wish!

We will be ever so grateful to each and every one of our backers! They will receive special gifts along with our deepest thanks.

The gift packages start with the audio book at the five dollar level, and only get better from there, to include Isaac and Xanthos visiting the classroom, hospital, or nursing home of your choice, and much more. If you know of a business owner please invite them to check out what we are offering our corporate backers.

If you are unable to pledge at this time, but would like to help, don’t underestimate your contribution of sharing this Kickstarter on your social media accounts and email list.We cannot reach our audience without your help! Thank you for considering sharing this Kickstarter!

As our Kickstarter is growing each week you can follow Isaac and Xanthos' real life history starting with their births and ending on April 30 with the present time! I will include photos and personal stories sure to entertain! Joining our adventure as a backer will allow you access to these updates. 

This is part of our adventure together! Starting now!

Risks and challenges

I am very confident that we can bring this book to print! The printer we have chosen is Dickenson Press. Dickenson Press is a very reputable printer with 130 years of experience. If any unforeseeable challenges arise I will persevere through them and keep my backers updated as to how they will be resolved in a timely fashion.

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    To express our deepest thanks a generous corporation or enthusiastic individual backer, will receive an audio file of the audio book, RUN DOG! RUN!, a PDF of the eBook, five first edition copies of the printed book "stepped on" by Isaac and Xanthos and signed by the author. A limited edition signed 11x14 photo of Isaac and Xanthos.

    You will see your company's name or your name in the acknowledgments in the back of the printed book.
    Isaac and Xanthos will give you a professional quality video shout out that you may use on your company's or your personal website.

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    To express our deepest thanks a generous corporation or enthusiastic individual backer will receive an audio file of the audio book, RUN DOG! RUN! a PDF of the eBook, five first edition copies of the printed book "stepped on" by Isaac and Xanthos and signed by the author.

    A limited edition signed 11x14 poster of Isaac and Xanthos.

    You will see your company's name or your name in the acknowledgments in the back of the printed book.

    Isaac and Xanthos will give you a professional quality video shout out that you may use on your company's or your personal website.

    The additional joy of sending the author, Melissa Yeomans along with Isaac and Xanthos for a book reading at a hospital, school, or nursing home of your choice is all yours. (within the West Michigan area)

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