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By Christopher Hassapis
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Christopher Hassapis
Christopher Hassapis

Hello! My name is Christopher Hassapis. I am a 22 year old student at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts studying Entrepreneurship and Global Business. I have had a passion for travel since I was a child. In 2013, I participated in an art history and culture pilgrimage to Morocco; it was a trip that changed my life. My mother has always owned daycare centers and preschools, and as a child I loved visiting the school libraries and finding all kinds of amazing books to read. It was in Fez, Morocco that I had the opportunity to spend time in a local preschool. The school was much smaller than the American preschools I knew, but it was filled with children who had the same eagerness to learn. Shortly after my visit to the school, my colleagues and I were fortunate enough to help contribute to the restoration of a local garden. With hundreds of years of history beneath its soil, this garden was to be rebuilt by two French brothers and a Moroccan master plaster craftsman who all had the hope of restoring its glory as a sanctuary for the local community. Witnessing these events inspired me to write Claude and the Magic Garden.   

Inspiration for the Magic Garden
Inspiration for the Magic Garden

While working for my mother over the years I have read countless books to children, but I have never come across a story quite like the one I am telling. The world today is in an interesting place, one much different than when many of my generation's “children’s classics” were written. My story— Claude’s story—is about friendship and community. It is not about the community we have with our neighbors, classmates, or colleagues. It is not about the friendship that we find with like-minded people in our dance groups, on our sports teams, or in our Sunday church choirs. It is the story of the community and friendship that blossoms between people when they give their time and talents to make a difference in the world. The two brave men in Claude and the Magic Garden leave everything they know behind to cross borders and continents to help a friend in need. They spend their time and money to rebuild a community that they have never know or been a part of, and in doing so achieve something great. The story shows that when we all work together, no matter where we are from or what our background may be, we can see our dreams for a better world become reality. This internationally inspired children’s book seeks to add a diverse perspective to children's engagement with the fundamental topic of friendship by inviting them to imagine a world unlike their own, and by sparking in them an understanding of the rewards of being part of something bigger than oneself. 

   

Me with Moroccan school children (2013)
Me with Moroccan school children (2013)

 

Garden Abstract by Christopher Hassapis
Garden Abstract by Christopher Hassapis

 

Risks and challenges

Writing a book can be quite a task. Between the writer's block, editing, and finding an illustrator there are many moving parts to completing a book. The biggest hurdle is publishing. Getting a book picked up by a publisher is an extraordinary task, thus I have chosen to self-publish this book. To do it I need YOUR help!

The book is written and is now going through different stages of editing. I am collaborating with a wonderful artist to make sure that the images in the book are just as vibrant and magical as the story on its pages. Now comes the task of finding a printing house to take on my order. I am working closely with a few companies to ensure the best quality for the book. I am also working on shipping and packaging to ensure safe and timely deliveries.

Legally speaking, the content that I write is my own. To protect the book in the future I am also working with lawyers to place individual protections on the images and main characters from the story, which is a costly endeavor.

Lastly I am working on creating the images for the stickers, postcards, and prints mentioned in the different reward levels.This is a task that can be done in a short amount of time for a reasonable amount of money. (Quality is key!)

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