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Tatay's Gift is a story about a little boy who learns from his dad that true happiness comes from a life of giving.
Tatay's Gift is a story about a little boy who learns from his dad that true happiness comes from a life of giving.
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Have you ever watched the news after a disaster in the world and felt helpless in being able to make a difference? Have you ever wondered how in the world you can teach your children to be giving and to serve? We had the same questions after hearing about typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We wanted so badly to do something to help, and wanted to be able to teach our son that he doesn’t have to be helpless in these situations. We decided that by using our skills as an illustrator and a writer, both of those things could be accomplished, which was how Tatay’s Gift came about. Tatay’s Gift is not only a fun story about a boy and his dad, but it is a way to teach children about giving.

In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad). The boy and his tatay do a different job each day of the week, from selling popsicles by the beach to driving a jeepney through the city. As they work, he learns the lesson of serving and giving to others by watching his tatay everyday. This vibrant, and colorfully illustrated book is based on stories from Brad’s time spent in the Philippines and the wonderful people he met there. Tatay’s Gift not only celebrates the hardworking, loving, kind, and giving attitudes of the Filipino people, but it also teaches the valuable lesson of giving back to to your community and helping those in need. 

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other. It is so easy once the news moves on and the cameras turn off to also move on and forget those who are still in need. It is even easier to detach ourselves from the suffering in the world because it is so far away, or not directly affecting us. Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

We need your help to make this book a reality and get the first print run completed. We also would like to raise enough money to allow us to be able to move forward with our mission and help those who still need help after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. There is still a demand for basic needs such as water, shelter, and medical attention. We also plan on continuing to spread the message of positive morals, and community lessons through children’s books.

Budget Breakdown: 

 - printing costs of a first run

 - printing of other assets in reward tiers 

- shipping/packaging costs

- fees from Kickstarter and Amazon

 - obtaining the ISBN number, registration fees, and copyrighting fees

Limited Edition Screen Print by Ty Wilkins

9x12 limited edition screen print by Ty Wilkins
9x12 limited edition screen print by Ty Wilkins

The first 50 people to pledge $75 will receive a beautiful, limited edition screen print by artist, Ty Wilkins

Ty is a designer and illustrator known for his bold use of color and geometric shapes in his artwork. He currently runs his own studio in Austin, Texas. Take a look at more of his work here!

"A Life of Giving" Screen Print by Brad Woodard

8x10 screen print by Brad Woodard
8x10 screen print by Brad Woodard

As an added incentive, Brad Woodard hand lettered the final sentence of the book, "...a life of giving is the best life indeed." Get this motivating screen print for your walls, and a hardcover copy of the book, for pledging at least $50. 

THE ARTIST AND THE WRITER: 

Brad and Krystal Woodard are respectively an illustrator and writer living in Austin, Texas. They run a design and illustration studio called Brave the Woods. They love spending time having fun, playing outside, reading, drawing, and enjoying life with their little boy, Hezekiah, and their dog, Keeva. Brad has dabbled in many types of art in his life, but has always loved illustration. Having the chance to combine illustration with his experience in the Philippines is a dream come true. Krystal has been writing as long as she could remember, whether it was a poem, story, or an article for a local newspaper, writing is her passion. She is excited to share that passion through children’s books.

Risks and challenges

The only foreseeable risk would be ensuring that the quality of printing matches our standards. We want to create the highest quality product for our backers, and to do so we have developed high expectations. If for any reason there is a quality issue once the books are printed, we will take the time to make sure they are done right (which could lead to some timing setbacks). We hope that this never becomes an issue in the first place, as we are carefully choosing a printer capable of the best printing quality, but we are aware that mistakes happen, and will plan for them.

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    BOOK: Your very own physical hardcover copy of Tatay's Gift. You also get the digital copy, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    TWO COPIES OF THE BOOK: Your very own physical hardcover copy of Tatay's Gift, plus another you can give to a friend. You also get the digital copy, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    LIMITED EDITION BOOK JACKET: A physical copy of the book with a Limited Edition book jacket. You also get the digital copy, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    "A Life of Giving" PRINT: A hand lettered print of the last sentence of the book, by Brad Woodard, a physical, hardcover copy, a digital copy of the book, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    PRINT: A Limited Edition print designed by Ty Wilkins, a physical, hardcover copy, a digital copy of the book, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    SPECIAL THANKS: Your name as a special thanks in the book, two physical, hardcover copies, a digital copy of the book, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    SKETCH: A sketch of one of the characters drawn inside your copy of the book and a personalized note. You also receive a physical, hardcover copy, a digital copy of the book, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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    ASPIRING WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS: Personal consultation with Brad and Krystal Woodard (in person for locals, Skype for others). We will give you some tips and direction and discuss writing technique, story telling, and the creation of a concept, as well as how to storyboard the illustrations. You also receive a physical, hardcover copy, a digital copy of the book, and a personal thank you postcard from the team.

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