From beginning to end, this has been a project of love.
The author, Kalidas, wrote the story for his son. He describes the beginning of his journey:
"Since my son Satya was three (he's now fifteen), I've been writing stories to him as a way to share, connect and strengthen our relationship. The concept and the first stanza of what would become 'The Man From Space' popped into my mind one morning on the bike ride in to work."
The man, he came from space they say.
He came in the most unusual way.
Riding a star to the atmosphere,
He jumped to a rock that was flying near.
"I thought this would be a fun story to write, and when I got the idea to transform one of the stories for Satya into a book, this was the one I wanted to do."
A track of lightning he caught in his hand
And slid on down until he hit land
Once on the ground he walked at a pace
To make a Thoroughbred horse go red in the face
Motivation: For Kalidas, the primary goal was to show his son that you can create something in this life. Whatever you are passionate about, you can take it from idea to manifestation, conception to fulfillment. 'The Man From Space' represents that passion, and shows all the little steps it takes to achieve the final product. With this know-how, what can't a person do?
The story: The story is about a man, an Everyman, an ageless traveler with a dash of Tom Sawyer, who comes to Earth and travels the globe from ecosystem to ecosystem, doing things that just seem impossible. He loves the Earth and all its inhabitants and can do all these miraculous things because of this love; and because he does not even know the concept of "cannot".
He landed in a city of steel and concrete
And walked amongst people who stare at their feet.
The people were rushing all over the place
It was the man who stood still with a smile on his face.
The illustrator: Gale Whitman, a Fort Collins based artist, believed in this project from the start. Her illustrations (acrylic paintings on watercolor paper), have added incredible depth and enriched the story, all while capturing Kalidas' vision perfectly. Her work has made the words leap off the page.
Our Goal: The money we seek will pay for the ISBN number and UPC codes, scanning the artwork, printing up to six hundred copies of the book, shipping, and half a dozen other little things. Thank you so much for your interest!
For Kalidas, "even having one copy in hand would complete the original purpose of this project: setting an example of what can be done, for my son."
- (30 days)