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A breathtaking children's book tribute to the soul of Paris. Includes a fold-out timeline and stained glass windows.
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This is a story about heaven, humanity, tragedy, and new beginnings. It's a tribute. A history. A love letter.

This is the extraordinary story of Notre Dame de Paris.  

What is the story about?

The Girl and the Cathedral is not a dry retelling of history. Rather, in the spirit of The Little Prince, it is the extraordinary tale of a small girl with an island in the Seine. There, she begins a garden—but not a garden of flowers. It will be a garden of people, she says: Paris. 

In the center of her garden, the little girl plants her greatest treasure of all: Notre Dame de Paris. She watches as heaven reaches through the cathedral's windows. She wonders as the people in her garden change through kingdoms and empires and revolutions. She weeps as war ravages and burns. Over 850 years of history, her garden changes—as people must. And through it all, her most beloved flower, Notre Dame, resolutely offers divine solace and light, and the little girl learns much about life, freedom, love, loss, and the glory of new beginnings. It is a story about Notre Dame, but much deeper, it is a story about all that Notre Dame has stood for. 

The little girl admires the most beautiful flower in her garden: Notre Dame de Paris.
The little girl admires the most beautiful flower in her garden: Notre Dame de Paris.

Includes faux stained glass windows built right into the cover

Built into the front cover are a series of stained glass windows (made with printed clear plastic). Hold the book up to the light, and each window glows!

Comes with a fold-out timeline of architectural and period drawings

A stunning 4-page flap folds out to reveal original architectural drawings and artwork of the cathedral throughout the centuries.  

Introduces children to famous figures

Astute readers will find references to famous Parisians who changed the world. You'll spot:

  • Famous thinkers and scientists like Madam Curie
  • Artists, writers, and musicians like Debussy, Ravel, Monet, Jules Verne, and Victor Hugo
  • The first hot air balloon flight!

Basic Book Packages

Deluxe Gift Packages ($65-85)

The Architect

Includes:

  • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
  • Your gift message, printed and enveloped with a fleur de lis wax seal
  • 1 beautifully hand-wrapped copy of The Girl and the Cathedral 
  • Set of six 8" x 8" prints (frames not included) featuring the architecture of Notre Dame
  • One 8" x 10" print (frame not included) of vintage Paris city map
  • A handmade, limestone-finished gargoyle magnet patterned after one of Notre Dame's most famous gargoyles
  • 1 "Shine On" Notre Dame commemorative vinyl cling
  • 1 book donated to kids in need

The Gardener

Includes:

  • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
  • Your gift message, printed and enveloped with a fleur de lis wax seal
  • 1 beautifully hand-wrapped copy of The Girl and the Cathedral 
  • Set of six 8" x 8" prints (frames not included) featuring vintage flowers
  • One 8" x 10" illustrated print of the little girl and her garden
  • 1 cotton sachet of dried lavender
  • 1 set of six wildflower seed balls
  • 1 "Shine On" Notre Dame commemorative vinyl cling
  • 1 book donated to kids in need

Heavenly Light 

  • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
  • Your gift message, printed and enveloped with a fleur de lis wax seal
  • 1 beautifully hand-wrapped copy of The Girl and the Cathedral 
  • 1 handmade stained glass butterfly
  • 1 Bible ribbon bookmark insert (Just slip it in the spine and use the ribbons to mark multiple pages. Can be used with other books, too!) Includes 4 pastel-colored ribbons.
  • 1 set of four notecards featuring illustrations from the book
  • One 8" x 10" illustrated print of the little girl and her garden
  • One 8" x 10" illustrated print with a verse from Psalm 145:18: "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him." 
  • 1 book donated to kids in need

The Teacher

  • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
  • Your gift message, printed and enveloped with a fleur de lis wax seal
  • 1 beautifully hand-wrapped copy of The Girl and the Cathedral 
  • One 45-minute Skype classroom session with author Nicolas Jeter
  • One 8" x 10" print with the words "Teachers Plant Seeds that Grow Forever"
  • 1 set of six wildflower seed balls
  • 1 personalized "Teacher, You Rule!" 6" ruler
  • 1 "Shine On" Notre Dame commemorative vinyl cling
  • 1 book donated to kids in need

Exclusive Honors

Put Me in the Story ($1000):

  • A likeness of your child illustrated in one of the scenes in the book!
  • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
  • 10 hardcover copies (plenty to share with friends and family ;)
  • 10 books donated to kids in need
  • PLUS, pick any one of the Deluxe Gift Packages above

Why we created this book and how we're giving back

For more than 850 years, Notre Dame brought a piece of heaven to her island on the Seine. Her people loved her. She loved her people. Her song rang across the city and across the years, bells mingled with mystery through the ups and downs of joy, war, suffering, prosperity, and happiness. Her story spans the ages of kings, emperors, presidents, revolution, and change. 

And then, like most of the world, we were stunned as we watched flames erupt through her roof. Like the light that pours through her windows, we had come to believe she would always be there—a beacon of hope and inspiration, a quiet touch of the divine in the midst of the world's clamor.

We are grateful to know that Notre Dame will always be there, due in large part to the generosity of the world and those that love her. 

While that reconstruction goes on, we wish to offer a tribute of our own—a story of hope and love, of life and rebirth. In this book, through illustration and prose, we pay homage to the grand story of Notre Dame—who she is, how she was, and what she has come to mean to millions the world over for 850 years. And in the spirit of giving back, we pledge that for every book sold, we will donate a book to kids in need—book for book. 

Risks and challenges

The illustrations are mostly finished and the manuscript is in editing. For publishing, we're partnered with Bushel & Peck Books, a children's publishing company. Their team has published hundreds of books in the course of their publishing career, including several with complex engineering (such as this one!). Their experience means the risks to this project are very minimal.

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    1 Book + Vinyl Cling

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    2 Books + Vinyl Cling

    Get two copies of the book—one to keep, one to give!—plus the commemorative "Shine On" vinyl cling. We'll also donate TWO books to kids in need!

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    Deluxe Gift Package: The Gardener

    An incredible gift package that ships just in time for Mother's and Father's Day—or maybe just for you! It comes beautifully wrapped and includes the book, a personalized gift message with a fleur de lis wax seal, a set of six 8" x 8" color prints of vintage flower botanicals, an 8" x 10" print of the illustration of the little girl and her garden, a cotton sachet of dried lavender, a set of six wildflower seed balls (spread flowers wherever you go, just like the little girl!), PLUS the vinyl cling and a book donated to kids in need! And as a huge thank you, we'll include your name in the "Book Angels" section of the finished book. (Please note: this package ships to US only.)

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of "The Girl and the Cathedral"
    • A personalized gift message with fleur de lis wax seal
    • Set of six 8" x 8" prints featuring vintage flower botanicals
    • 8" x 10" print of the illustration of the little girl
    • Cotton sachet of dried lavender
    • Set of six wildflower seed balls
    • "Shine On" commemorative vinyl cling
    • Book(s) donated to kids in need
    • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
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    Deluxe Gift Package: Heavenly Light

    An inspirational gift package that ships just in time for Mother's and Father's Day—or maybe just for you! It comes beautifully wrapped and includes the book, a personalized gift message with a fleur de lis wax seal, a handmade stained glass butterfly, a Bible ribbon bookmark insert with 4 colored ribbons (just slip it in the spine and use the ribbons to mark multiple pages; can be used with other books, too!), a set of four notecards featuring illustrations from the book, an 8" x 10" print of the little girl in her garden, and 8" x 10" illustrated print with a scripture from Psalm 145:18 ("The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him"), PLUS the vinyl cling and a book donated to kids in need! And as a huge thank you, we'll include your name in the "Book Angels" section of the finished book.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of "The Girl and the Cathedral"
    • A personalized gift message with fleur de lis wax seal
    • A handmade, stained glass butterfly
    • Bible ribbon bookmark insert (with 4 colored ribbons)
    • Set of 4 notecards with art from the book
    • 8" x 10" print of the illustration of the little girl
    • 8" x 10" illustrated verse from Psalm 145:18
    • "Shine On" commemorative vinyl cling
    • Book(s) donated to kids in need
    • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
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    Deluxe Gift Package: The Architect

    An incredible gift package that ships just in time for Mother's and Father's Day—or maybe just for you! It comes beautifully wrapped and includes the book, a personalized gift message with a fleur de lis wax seal, a set of six 8" x 8" black and white prints of Notre Dame, an 8" x 10" print of a vintage Parisian map, an incredible handmade gargoyle magnet with a limestone finish (based on a real gargoyle from Notre Dame!), PLUS the vinyl cling and a book donated to kids in need! And as a huge thank you, we'll include your name in the "Book Angels" section of the finished book.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of "The Girl and the Cathedral"
    • A personalized gift message with fleur de lis wax seal
    • Set of six 8" x 8" prints featuring Notre Dame's architecture
    • 8" x 10" print of vintage Paris city map
    • Handmade, limestone-finished gargoyle magnet
    • "Shine On" commemorative vinyl cling
    • Book(s) donated to kids in need
    • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
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    Deluxe Gift Package: The Teacher

    A must-have gift for teachers that includes a classroom virtual author visit—perfect for right before the end of the school year!—or maybe just for you! It comes beautifully wrapped and includes the book, a personalized gift message with a fleur de lis wax seal, a 45-minute Skype classroom session with author Nicolas Jeter, one 8" x 10" print with the words "Teachers Plants Seeds that Grow Forever," a set of six wildflower seed balls, a personalized 6" bamboo ruler, PLUS the vinyl cling and a book donated to kids in need! And as a huge thank you, we'll include your name (or even better, your class's name!) in the "Book Angels" section of the finished book.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover copy of "The Girl and the Cathedral"
    • A personalized gift message with fleur de lis wax seal
    • 45-minute Skype classroom session with author Nicolas Jeter
    • One 8" x 10" print with "Teachers Plant Seeds that Grow Forever"
    • Set of six wildflower seed balls
    • A personalized "Teacher, You Rule!" 6-inch bamboo ruler
    • "Shine On" commemorative vinyl cling
    • Book(s) donated to kids in need
    • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
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    Put Me in the Story!

    The ultimate honor—YOU in the book! We'll include a likeness of your child (or you, if you'd like!) in one of the illustrations in the book. See yourself in front of the cathedral during the 1800s, or illustrated as part of the crowd singing to her at the end. And because we know you'll want to share with everyone, this reward package includes 10 copies of the book to keep or give away to family and friends. PLUS, because you're just so awesome, you can also pick one of the other Deluxe Gift Packages as part of your reward! Not to mention the vinyl cling and 10 copies donated to kids in need.

    Includes:
    • An illustrated likeness of you or your child included in the book
    • 10× Hardcover copy of "The Girl and the Cathedral"
    • Your choice of any of the other reward packages
    • 10× Book(s) donated to kids in need
    • "Shine On" commemorative vinyl cling
    • Your name included in the Book Angels section of the book
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