Harley is a real camel who lived in Door County, WI. He was a local celebrity who helped raise funds for the local humane society and other worthy causes. Sadly, Harley developed intestinal problems when he was barely four and one half years old, and did not survive.
Thanks to Lisa Jeansonne's hours of training, acclimating Harley to people and getting him involved in community events, he touched a lot of lives in his short time in Door County. Harley’s family, Lisa & Ken Jeansonne, want to honor Harley’s legacy while teaching children more about camels.
Kay Bidwell Loberg, the author, borrowed Lisa’s scrap book on Harley’s life and based the children’s book, “Growing Up Harley” on the antics of the real Harley. Kay did some research on camels and added fun camel facts to the story to help children learn more about camels.
Once the story was written, Ken & Lisa began looking for an illustrator able to project Harley’s unique personality onto the pages of the book. Lisa & Ken found that artist in Mark Engeldinger, a student at UW - Green Bay, who will soon graduate with a major in Studio Arts (with a painting emphasis), and a minor in Design Arts.
Mark has been working diligently on his wonderful whimsical drawings. And now the time has come to pull the pieces together and publish “Growing Up Harley.”
Lisa & Ken, long-time animals lovers, have acquired another camel, Junior, who is growing into Harley’s rather large footsteps and continuing his good work in NE Wisconsin. Junior will be able to help promote “Growing Up Harley” through his personal appearances.
Dave Counihan, a friend to Lisa, Ken and Harley, compiled pictures of Harley into the video chronicle above. And we thank him for letting us use his work to launch this project.
Our budget consists of $1200 to engage the publishing company. They will help with formatting, provide an ISBN and on-line retail availability, an author web page, and marketing support. Our illustration cost is $1500. The remaining $1500 will purchase the books, illustrations and other rewards we will need, as well as some books to have available at Harley's events. We expect the hardcover books to retail in the $22-25 range.
We thank all those who are able and willing to help make this project a reality. We are sure that wherever Harley is, he will be bouncing merrily every time someone pledges to the project!
Risks and challenges
A book project of any kind is a fairly large undertaking. We plan to self-publish & have a publishing entity lined up to assist.
The good news is that the story is written and the illustrations are nearly finished. At this point, we anticipate the only delays may be from the publishing portion of the project. But the publisher we have chosen provides a lot of support in pulling the project together, so we hope for minimal delay in getting the book into your hands!
Our biggest risk comes from not raising the funding necessary to complete the project. But Harley had a lot of friends; we are hopeful the large network of Harley fans will see the value in this project and help us reach our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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