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AU$ 740
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 23 2017 10:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

Zumba is FUN! Now you can bring the joy, happiness and Passion from the Dance Floor to Story Time!

**Hand Painted Illustrations by widely recognised Hervey Bay Artist Rebecca Jane Knowles**

If you have kids who love Zumba, then you will love this book!

This book is for you if:

  • You love Zumba and want to share your love with kids
  • You are an educator & want a fun interactive story to get children excited about dancing!
  • You want to read a bright & colourful story to your kids, bringing the magic of Zumba Fitness to bedtime storytelling
  • You are a Zumba Instructor & want to give a school or child care centre a story about Zumba to start getting the kids excited!

The Storyline

This story is about a girl who comes home from school and is a little grumpy. She has her ipad and homework on the ground. Her mum comes in a decides to take her to a Zumba class!

Mini Mia sad and in her bedroom then get excited to go to Zumba!
Mini Mia sad and in her bedroom then get excited to go to Zumba!

As it evolves she goes on a journey with her mum and discovers the magic of Zumba that dazzles and inspires her! The music, lights & fun loving Zumba Instructor fill her with bubbles of happiness (see smiley faces coming out of her belly)!

Music, joy and Laughter fill up her world!
Music, joy and Laughter fill up her world!

The it's GAME TIME!! They play the much loved dance game called "FREEZE". When the music stops you "freeze"! 

Then she falls to the ground with a loud "DongaDong". But nobody cares, it's just for fun! She can believe the exercise she's done!

Mini Mia depicted as "Frozen" in the dance game "Freeze"!
Mini Mia depicted as "Frozen" in the dance game "Freeze"!

I love this double page spread (one page pictured here) as every love heart has a special word of the benefits of going to a Zumba class!

Kids can find the love hearts and read all the benefits of Zumba!
Kids can find the love hearts and read all the benefits of Zumba!

As it gets to the end, Mia looks at her mum smiling with pride. She looks at her new friends grooving beside. She looks at her Zumba Instructor dancing with passion and fun. As Mia moves to the music, they're UNITED AS ONE!

Mia dancing with her proud mum and all her friends. UNITED AS ONE!
Mia dancing with her proud mum and all her friends. UNITED AS ONE!

"It brings together all children, from all nationalities for the love of music and dance......This book radiates the values of fun, unity and happiness we all know and love!"

Please become a backer for this book!

Not only will you receive a copy but your feedback will influence its creation! Your input will be part of creating the animation & audio!

If you know of any musicians who would like to create a song, please let me know at www.zclub.co.

Why I created this Book

My children were born into a Zumba obsessed family! For their whole life they have lived and breathed Zumba. Their dad was a Zumba Education Specialist & I managed a bunch of classes taught by wonderful Instructors.

"I wanted a way to reinforce the deeper meaning that dance & fitness can bring, the true essence of joy, freedom, happiness that comes from a Zumba class".

The inspiration came when at bedtime all we would talk about was Zumba, so I needed a way to bring the fun and happiness to bed time story telling!

It started with a written story that I acted out at schools and childcare centres where I taught Zumba classes. I found it was another way I could connect with little kids when I came to teach a class. It helped to get them even more excited about dancing!

"I soon realised it was something educators could read and act out to get kids excited too! The story is more like an interactive dance."

I would play the narrative, act it out and we jump in the chorus all throughout the story. Kids absolutely love it!

The story has been modified over and over so it's not too long to keep kids engaged right until the end!

All it needed was beautiful pictures to bring it to life. As soon as I saw the artwork of the very gifted Rebecca Jane Knowles (pictured below), I knew she was the one!

The Illustrator Rebecca Jane Knowles displaying the hand painted canvas images (me dancing behind).
The Illustrator Rebecca Jane Knowles displaying the hand painted canvas images (me dancing behind).

Publishing a book is not an easy process & there have been so many hidden costs that I didn't budget for.

That is why I decided to run a kickstarter campaign.

"This is a story that needs to be shared to inspire so many little kids around the world. The art work is amazing and the story is just gorgeous with carefully chosen words to build appreciation, joy and confidence in kids". - Michelle Fisher (School Teacher)

I believe in community spirit & want to open up the book to all those wonderful people who believe in this story as much as I do!

To show my gratitude by printing your name in the book!

Time Frame

From the completion of the campaign you can expect the book to be mailed out within 3 months (approx September 2017).

I will keep you informed every step of the way!

Budget

The $2000 is a very modest budget and although I have already invested a great deal of time and money, I do understand I may have to contribute more of my own funds.

The first print run will be the amount required to fulfil orders and go towards the costs such as graphic design, purchasing the ISBN, and to complete the animation and audio. It does not go towards the cost of illustrations (this has already been paid for).

I do not have the budget to create a song, but invite artists who would like to contribute to contact me at www.zclub.co.

The kickstarter goal is to print full photo quality colour 21cm x 21cm soft cover books with a stitched spine. However if the campaign goes over the budget by $500 or more, I will be able to print with a perfect bound spine (this means no stitching is visible), at no extra cost to the backers!

Approval by Zumba Fitness 

I would like to clarify that using the Zumba Fitness Trademark in this book has been approved by Zumba Fitness Home Office. It is not a "Zumba book", but a book about Zumba written by a licensed ZIN (ID: 233591).

A huge thank you to the Home Office for allowing me to create what I believe to be a wonderful & inspiring story for children. 

Thank You to the three Betos for signing off final approval and Jessica Witt (Head of the Zumba Kids Program) for supporting this concept from the very beginning!

I hope that by turning this idea into a reality will help kids around the world giggle with joy and look forward to getting fit and active through Zumba! 

Thank You! xoxxox

Thank you so much for reading along with my story!

I can't wait to be printing your name as a backer of this book and join as a community to help bring this delightful story to life!

I would like YOU to be recognised by people from all over the world as supporting an idea to spread the joy of Zumba with kids through storytelling!

Love n bubbles..

Katie Joy

P.S. There is a hidden dancing owl on each page make sure you find him ;-) 

Find the dancing Owl on every page!
Find the dancing Owl on every page!

 

How to Pre-Order

To pre-order the book, you can select to make one of the pledges listed on the right!

Click on the "Back this project!" button in the top right corner and choose a pledge. I recommend that you create a quick (free) kickstarter account using your e-mail when prompted. That way you will get immediate confirmation after submitting your pledge. However, pledging as a guest is fine, too! 

Just make sure to check the e-mail account you used to register (that's where your confirmation will be!) Once the campaign is over and the project is funded (fingers crossed!) I will send out a survey to your e-mail requesting your address and shipping info!

Zumba®, and the Zumba logos are trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC. Used under license.

 

Risks and challenges

This is my first book to be published. However, I always complete what I begin. This is proven by completing several degrees and post grad studies.

I am member of several self publishing groups which I will draw on should I need support throughout the process.

This book is ready to go! It just needs you support to put it to print!

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