Beautiful Rainbow World
This book is the culmination of a long road of dreaming… We, Lynne and Suzee, have been planning to create a children’s book since the birth of our first daughters (we are now 13+ years and four more kids between us later). The repetitive story that beats in our hearts is “we are all truly amazing ~ each person, just as we are."
Issues of race and diversity were always a part of our consciousness. With our own family being very multicultural (European, Asian, African, and Indigenous American) the only truth we knew was that each of us comes into this world to love and be loved. Although we believe that skin color does not matter in that truth, we find all cultures and colors to be so beautiful! We decided to create a photography book for children that will include kids from all around the globe. Our friend Daria agreed to collaborate with us and let us use the lyrics to her song “Beautiful Rainbow World” for the text. (To extend the book, we added a section of text to the original song.)
A photography submission request was put out to our customers and followers at Multicultural Kids (http://twitter.com/CulturalKids) and we received so many amazing photos! Lynne is also a photographer and we included many of her photos in the book as well. Suzee (who has been in the graphic design field for many moons) has been working very hard pulling together all of the pieces of the book into the final product.
Beautiful Rainbow World is an 80+ page 7”x7” book that will appeal to adults as well as children. It is a bright and colorful photography book that has the lyrics to the song by the same name. Awesome bonus ~ the song will be available as an mp3 download for each copy of the book sold. The soul-filled photos will draw in each reader ~ the smiling faces and sparkling eyes will speak to your spirit. You will put down this book feeling better than when you picked it up… The book is in the final stages of editing and will be ready to go to press within 1-2 months of a successful Kickstarter campaign ending. We are so excited to see our dream project become a reality and can’t wait to share that excitement with you!
These are a few sample spreads from the book:
This book has a simple yet profound truth to share. Following is the original (plus extended) lyrics which make up the body copy of the book:
Today I woke up to see… A beautiful rainbow world. Won’t you dream it along with me? A beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world… Red, black, yellow, brown and white… A beautiful rainbow world. Dancing together in the light... A beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world… No one lost or left behind... A beautiful rainbow world. Each one their own treasure finds... In this beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world… Looking through eyes brown, green, or blue… A beautiful rainbow world. And hair that’s perfect just for you! A beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world… Languages and customs all delight... A beautiful rainbow world. We’re all so different, yet so alike... A beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world… Joyful laughter as we play... A beautiful rainbow world. Hugging and loving every day... In this beautiful rainbow world. Beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow, beautiful rainbow world…
Does that speak to your heart like it does to ours?
A Personal Peek
We are sisters, the two youngest in a family of five children. Together we own a company called Multicultural Kids which provides all kinds of products that encourage children to discover and appreciate the amazing world and all of its people.
Lynne is a mom of four who bounces all over the country (especially the South) with her Air Force pilot hubby and loves discovering new places to travel and adventure everywhere they live. She loves capturing REAL LIFE with her camera and has been featured on several photography sites and one of her images was selected for the ART of Photography Show in San Diego, California. (See some of her magic below!) Most of all she loves seeing the world in new ways with her little family!
Suzee has two lovely animal- & beach-loving girls (we'd have a farm on the ocean if they had their way) and is married to her fellow entrepreneurial husband. She enjoys yoga (ohm…), being creative (especially painting and mixed media), traveling, being silly with her family (think running through the sprinklers), and everything outdoors and in nature.
Our paths have included teaching (Lynne was a bilingual English/Spanish kindergarten teacher) and graphic design (Suzee has been in this field for many moons & also was partner in a design group prior to owning Multicultural Kids). We feel as though all of this experience gives us a very unique perspective in this genre of publishing ~ with the connection to children’s literature and the design aesthetic being very aligned with our lives’ journeys.
Our Newest Venture: To share our creative passions (our “art and soul”) ~ we have recently launched Two Poppies. On this new site we will share our latest expressions, including photography, various other art media, a blog and our book projects (yes, we have a ton more ideas that we can’t wait to dig into!).
Where the funding will be used: Hiring an independent publishing consultant, printing/shipping, and marketing of this book.
If we exceed our goal (dreaming big!) we will begin work on one of our myriad of other book projects that have been waiting patiently for us.
Important note: If we do not reach our goal on Kickstarter, we will get $0. Wouldn’t that be so sad? We know this book will touch hearts, and will be a great addition to any library (personal or public).
Custom name print: Your child's name will be put into this original artwork pdf print to celebrate their part in this Beautiful Rainbow World!
PDF file or e-book: You will receive a pdf file or eBook to see all the goodness included in "Beautiful Rainbow World" to view on your computer or other electronic devices.
Name or photo in supporters section: If you choose to support our project at the required levels, your name(s) and/or photo of your child(ren) will be in a collage supporters section in the back of the book. How cool would that be?
Books: As soon as our books are ready, we will be shipping them to all of our amazing campaign participants. If you live near one of us, you may even get a personal delivery! For holiday gifts, we will provide you with a pdf gift certificate.
Photo shoot with Lynne Raspet: One-hour custom photo shoot and more! Lynne specializes in capturing your authenticity and loves finding creative ways to do so ~ think baking cookies, climbing trees, catching frogs... and can of course also do more traditional shoots as well. See some examples of her magic below. Perk includes two copies of "Beautiful Rainbow World", 10-15 high res images, a set of 5x7 prints of those images, and a 16x20 canvas print of one image. Must take place within 30-mile radius of Valdosta, GA by April 30, 2014, in Orange County (or nearby radius), CA or Tucson, AZ next summer (July- early August, 2014 approx.), or El Paso, TX area after August 1, 2014. Please write before pledging if you have questions or special requests for other locations.
Thank you! From every corner of our hearts ~ we appreciate you taking time to peek at our campaign, and will be deeply grateful if you choose to contribute any amount and/or take the time to share the link with your friends, family, and network.
Please join us in celebrating the gift we all share ~ a Beautiful Rainbow World!
Risks and challenges
The risks with completing our project are very minimal and can be overcome. There will be challenges and issues to address as we go to press with the books, however since Suzee has been involved in many print projects in the past, we are sure that there won't be any issues that cannot be resolved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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