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A heartwarming tale inspiring empathy & compassion in young children.
A heartwarming tale inspiring empathy & compassion in young children.
261 backers pledged $10,281 to help bring this project to life.

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Chin Up, Chinchilla: Children's Book

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1. Order more books! Our current goal allows us to purchase 500 books. If we reach $11,000, we can place an order for 500 more––totaling 1,000 books!

2. Donate books! Your generosity has blessed us so much that we’d like to pass it on. If we reach $11,000, we will donate 50 books to local children’s hospitals, social services, schools, and libraries to make sure this message of empathy and compassion continues to reach the people who need it most.

3. Expand our reach! We’ve currently limited our backers to the US to help with ease of shipping in time for Christmas. Having an extra supply of books will allow us to fulfill international orders after the campaign has ended and spread this message across the globe.

4. Include a little surprise! Everyone who has backed our campaign will receive a little something extra with their shipment to say, “Thanks for being awesome!” (Because we really think you are!)

(P.S. In the event we do not hit our stretch goal, don’t fret! You’ll still receive the reward attached to your initial pledge. The goals above are just like extra icing on top of the chinchilla cake.)

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Even though we’ve hit our initial target, you can still pre-order books through Sept. 14! We believe there are many families who can benefit from the message this story tells and that’s why we will keep spreading the word.

I noticed a beautiful quality in my daughter when she was just two years old. She expressed genuine concern if she saw someone was sad or didn’t feel well–even characters on t.v. We loved seeing a strong sense of empathy growing in her. We believe this is a quality that needs to be fostered in all children–and adults!–which led to this story of a little hedgehog encountering a seemingly-sad chinchilla.

Reading to children is a wonderful experience, where imaginations grow and lessons are learned. This book is just one tool to help your children learn to recognize emotions in others and show them how to share their own joy.

With rhyming words and engaging illustrations by the talented Jeremy Slagle, this book will be a delight to read over, and over, and over again!

A tale of empathy and compassion

We all have witnessed someone looking sad, but how often do we stop and put ourselves in their shoes? Follow along as one little hedgehog imagines what could possibly have made this chinchilla look so sad. 

If you’ve ever had a soggy sandwich or found a monster under your bed, you’ll understand how situations big and small can ruin your day.

  • Inspire families to engage in conversations about empathy 
  • Teach children about the importance of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes 
  • Convey richness of character and story with delightful illustrations 

 The funds we raise from this campaign will go towards: 

  • Book production (Books are 8x8 with a hardcover)
  • Reward production 
  • Shipping/Packaging 
  • Kickstarter & Amazon fees 
  • Less exciting details (ISBN number, registration, and copyright costs) 

Beth is an avid reader with a healthy addiction to children’s books. When not working, writing, or reading, she enjoys binge-watching t.v. with her husband, Ben, playing outdoors with her daughter and taking naps in a hammock. This book is near and dear to her heart–and she hopes you’ll love it too! Beth lives with her family in Shelby, Ohio.

As a kid, Jeremy drew everything and anything he could think of. He was raised on Ed Emberley books, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Muppet Show. Jeremy is deathly allergic to guinea pigs but he’s totally cool with chinchillas! He rides a vintage Vespa scooter and the only toes he has run over are his own. Jeremy lives and works in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Becky, two kids and a miniature poodle.

     

Risks and challenges

We want to make sure the book you receive is of the highest quality. That means we are going to take the time to get it right. Our goal is to have these in your hands for the gift-giving season in mid-December. One of the foreseeable risks would be having to push back our delivery date to address any unforeseeable issues with the book production.

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    Digital Book

    A DIGITAL (PDF) COPY of Chin Up, Chinchilla, sent to the email address you provide.

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    One Hardcover Book – First Edition

    ONE HARDCOVER FIRST-EDITION copy of Chin Up, Chinchilla, plus a digital PDF copy of the book.

    $6 flat rate shipping to the US

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    Two Hardcover Books – First Edition

    TWO HARDCOVER FIRST-EDITION COPIES of Chin Up, Chinchilla–one for you and one for a friend! Plus a digital PDF copy of the book.

    $6 flat rate shipping to the US

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    Book + Activity Kit + Tiny Blanket

    One hardcover first-edition copy of Chin Up, Chinchilla, a digital PDF copy of the book, ACTIVITY KIT which includes downloadable coloring pages, sticker sheet featuring characters from the book, and a bookmark, and a tiny replica of the hedgehog's BLANKET from the book.

    $6 flat rate shipping to the US

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    • Hardcover Book
    • Activity Kit
    • Hedgehog Blanket (Handkerchief)
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    Limited Edition 8x10 Print + Signed Book

    LIMITED EDITION 8x10 Tandem Bike Print, signed and numbered by the illustrator, one SIGNED hardcover first-edition copy of Chin Up, Chinchilla, and a digital PDF copy of the book.
    (Frame not included.)

    $6 flat rate shipping to the US

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    • Hardcover Book
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    Live Online Illustration Workshop

    Illustrator Jeremy Slagle will conduct an ONLINE WORKSHOP on how you can create the same style of illustrations you see in this book by creating and using custom Adobe Illustrator brushes.

    Get your hands dirty and learn the magic of converting crayons, charcoal, paint, and ink into one-of-a-kind digital brushes in Adobe Illustrator! In this live video workshop, we’ll teach you best practices on how to use them in your illustration and design work for adding texture or for use in custom lettering work.

    A supply list will be provided. A PDF digital course guide is included.

    Digital PDF of the book included as well.

    • The workshop date(s) will be set based on the availability of the instructor.

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    Big Box of Books

    10 HARDCOVER BOOKS ($200 VALUE!) delivered to the library, school or organization of your choosing.

    $15 flat rate shipping to the US

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    Author Reading + Signing

    The AUTHOR WILL COME READ Chin Up, Chinchilla to the classroom of your choice. Comes with a box of 20 SIGNED BOOKS – one for each child to take home.

    • Available to Ohio purchasers only.
    • If additional books are needed for your classroom, please include $20/book to your final pledge amount.
    • The reading date will be set based on the availability of the author and the teacher.

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    In-Person Illustration Workshop

    Illustrator Jeremy Slagle will conduct an IN-PERSON WORKSHOP on how you can create the same style of illustrations you see in this book using Adobe Illustrator brushes.

    Come get your hands dirty and learn the magic of converting crayons, charcoal, paint and ink into one-of-a-kind digital brushes in Adobe Illustrator! We’ll teach you best practices on how to use them in your illustration and design work for adding texture or for use in custom lettering work.

    All supplies and a PDF digital course guide is included.

    • Digital PDF of the book included.
    • You may sell tickets to this event to recoup your reward cost if you wish!
    • Does not include travel and accommodation costs.
    • The location must be secured and provided by backer. Space rental not included in workshop fees.
    • The workshop date(s) will be set based on the availability of the instructor.

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