About this project
The three of us came together, inspired by our work with children in our families and communities, to write a story we could believe in. We wanted to see a book that reflected and taught our values and the values in our community.
This is a fun, empowering children’s picture book.
It is set in a diverse, peaceful world as an example to children everywhere.
We focus on learning and discovery in the natural world.
The Princess and the Sunflowers is a full-color picture book in the making. The book is appropriate for many ages. Younger children(PreK-K) will love the bright pictures and accessible story. As children grow they will be able to relate to the princess and her misunderstandings with the world around her as they re-read this beautifully illustrated story again and again.
This is our chance to put a book into the world that teaches natural science, sets examples of good friendships, and that teaches acceptance.
We are excited about this story because it promotes so many ideas that we want to see alive and well in the world. It normalizes the ideal world we want kids to believe is possible- It features a healthy, multicultural kingdom where all people get along. The princess is a princess without having to wear a gown and tiara. The king is a single father, but this isn’t the main storyline. It just is. And it is fine. The esteemed farmer is a woman. A poor “uneducated” farmer boy offers wisdom to an “educated” princess. All characters are shown as having dignity and being inherently good and kind (if sometimes busy). People are not either "good" or "bad." The struggles come from Princess Amara fighting her own inexperience and pride, which we all struggle with.
The Princess and the Sunflowers is about a princess, Amara, who thinks the world revolves around her in part because she is an only child, in part because all kids do, but also because all of the sunflowers are staring at her every morning when she awakes.
One afternoon she looks out the window and realizes with shock that the sunflowers are not staring at her. She becomes upset and she tries to do everything she can to get the sunflowers to turn around.
After going to her father, the king, she sees all sorts of activity around the castle that she incorrectly assumes is all about her.
As the scenes gets more and more exciting, Amara begins to get caught up in the excitement and forgets about the disrespectful sunflowers. And, in a moment of humility, she realizes that all of the excitement isn't for her benefit, but is the Annual Sunflower Festival. She doesn't get her way, but realizes there is a good reason for it and ends up enjoying herself at the festival with a new-found friend.
Risks and challenges
We are already working with a publisher, ironing out the final script and creating a layout. Our artist is busy creating the images. This book in happening! I think really the only potential problem we foresee is in terms of funding. And, of course, we are haunted by the ever unanswerable question, "In the end of it all, will anyone want to pay money for our book?" Sigh. We are banking on it!
The money will go to fund the printing, illustrating, and marketing to a larger audience than just our loved ones. We have found an inspired, young artist who has sketched up some designs and is ready to get to work. The illustrations should be finished up by August and then the printing can begin! Watch for updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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