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I am raising funds to print my first children’s book. Every little bit helps get us closer to our goal of inspiring children to read.

A Tenrec Named Trey

(And other odd lettered animals that like to play)

The book is an anthology of eight animal stories, ranging from 250-400 words per story. The book is a soft cover, 8.5 x 11 (52 page booklet), full color, bleeds to the edges, saddle stitched. Interior printed on 80lb paper. 

A is for anteater. Got it. B is for bear, bee and beaver. It has been done. I have always thought that the second half of the alphabet has been underrepresented. For the past 2 years I have been writing these stories highlighting some of the odd letters in the alphabet along with some unique, but real, animals.

I have been in the professional zoological field for five years. When the second half of the year comes around I have heard teachers comment on how it is difficult to find something surprising to read to their students and at the same time relatable.

Below is each of the stories main characters with a synopsis and excerpt.  I hope you enjoy!

Q - Velma Quinn the Valley Quail

Being a quail, Velma Quinn, has a large feather sticking out of her head. She doesn’t want to go to school in fear of being made fun of.  She goes to school and learns that her uniqueness makes her popular.
Being a quail, Velma Quinn, has a large feather sticking out of her head. She doesn’t want to go to school in fear of being made fun of. She goes to school and learns that her uniqueness makes her popular.

Sitting on a tree or sometimes a fence post

An unpopular bird lives on the coast

Her name is Velma Quinn the Valley Quail

Sometimes she hides in the small box of mail

She has a giant feather on top of her head

Looks like she woke up on the wrong side of bed

T - Trey the Tenrec

In Madagascar there is a small animal that looks like a hedgehog. Trey the Tenrec teaches us to be respectful of wildlife because everything has a grand purpose.
In Madagascar there is a small animal that looks like a hedgehog. Trey the Tenrec teaches us to be respectful of wildlife because everything has a grand purpose.

If you try to play, you will chase him away

So we must be silent and barely sway

When frightened he curls up in a tight bumpy round ball

The best thing to do is pretend you’re a plain white wall

He is a tenrec and his name is Trey

He is prickly and cute and mostly grey

His home is warm Madagascar on the forest floor

He lives in a pile of dirt and leaves and has no door

Right before darkness is when he comes out

He looks kind of funny with a big snout

But everyone has a grand purpose what could his be?

I bet it doesn’t have to do with watching TV!

U - Uberto the Umbrella Cockatoo

Uberto and his family are about to go on vacation. Before they can leave Uberto has to clean his room. Dreading the chore, he decides to make it into a game to make the task go quicker.
Uberto and his family are about to go on vacation. Before they can leave Uberto has to clean his room. Dreading the chore, he decides to make it into a game to make the task go quicker.

“Clean up your room

that is your task

for when we are away,

we can then relax”

Uberto did not like

cleaning his bedroom

it was very dirty

smelling not like perfume

To make it go quicker

Uberto turned it into a game

Everything he would pick up

would have a U name

V - Ella the Vulture

Ella and her friends have little money, so they use their imagination to play and experience new food.
Ella and her friends have little money, so they use their imagination to play and experience new food.

Having an imagination is fun

Especially when you can do it in the sun

It doesn’t even cost a single penny

So who cares if you have few or many?

Ella the vulture was a young bird

Playing is what she preferred

She didn’t have a single T.V. station

So she used her own imagination

W - Wade the Water Dragon                

Wade just learned his five senses in school. His classmates go on exploring, and it surely won’t be boring.
Wade just learned his five senses in school. His classmates go on exploring, and it surely won’t be boring.

So many things to hear

Wade focuses on one sound

What did he overhear?

It was a basset hound

So many things to smell

Wade breaths in really deep

It doesn’t smell that well

Yuck, it’s wild wet sheep

So many things to touch

Be careful of the germs

Wade enjoys very much

feeling the gooey worms

T - Tish the X-ray Fish

Tish is a bully. She lies, calls other fish names and hurts everyone’s feelings.  A fellow classmate goes up to her and teaches her how to be polite.
Tish is a bully. She lies, calls other fish names and hurts everyone’s feelings. A fellow classmate goes up to her and teaches her how to be polite.

Although they seem fake

X-ray fish are real

Something so bizarre

Yet, they’re the real deal

Tish the X-ray fish

Was a young small fry

About two inches long

And boy did she lie

She wasn’t friendly

Actually quite mean

She had a temper

And thought she was queen

Y - Yago the Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog

Yago the poison dart frog is a conservationist, even though he only lives on a leaf. He composts, reduces and reuses because his actions affect much larger things.
Yago the poison dart frog is a conservationist, even though he only lives on a leaf. He composts, reduces and reuses because his actions affect much larger things.

On the other side of the leaf

his waste affects the coral reef

So he turns his trash into treasure

which gives him great pleasure

If Yago didn’t reuse his waste

many items would get misplaced

and then the pile would get so high

it would grow and grow and touch the sky

Z - Zach and Zoe the Zebu

Zach and Zoe are comfortable with each other and their parents. They are nervous about their first day of school. Over arts and crafts they make friends and before they know it, the school year comes to an end.
Zach and Zoe are comfortable with each other and their parents. They are nervous about their first day of school. Over arts and crafts they make friends and before they know it, the school year comes to an end.

Zach and Zoe were born in India near a pond
when they first saw their parents, they did bond
“Go on mom and dad, we’ll follow you
to learn all the things that zebu do”

They learned a lot from their parent zebus
But the time had come for their own debuts,
So off to zebu preschool they went
It was to be an exciting event

Right now all 8 stories are written and will be illustrated once this kickstarter reaches it goal. The 45+ illustrations will take some time, and the book will be sent out early to mid Feb 2013.

Chris Padovano – Is a freelance illustrator who draws the old fashioned way; with a pencil and pen. He has illustrated more than 25 children’s books for authors all over the world.

Here is a sample of his previous work:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Publishing a book for the first time is a big challenge, which I have been planning and thinking about for 2 years.

All 8 stories have completed the development phase and Chris the artist will get started with the illustrations once this Kickstarter is fully funded. He can produce 7-8 illustrations a week, and will be completely finished by the end of January. I have the layout for each of the pages explained thoroughly for Chris. Lucky for us, Chris is very flexible and adaptable.

Another challenge is the printing. I have factored in the 4 - 5 business days for the printer plus shipping (3 days) so there should be no time line problems.

Another challenge is reaching the right audience. I would love to share the book with not only households, but with zoological facilities, schools and libraries. By funding this project you can make it happen. Don’t forget to share this project with your animal and science minded friends and teachers.

Every project creator, here on Kickstarter, sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If you would like to help support this project, you can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when the time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

If you pledge $15 or more you get a first edition of this 52 page book.

This kickstarter will help me cover these costs associated with self publishing:

Illustrations
Printing
ISBN
Barcode
Copyright
Shipping

THANK YOU
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope to hear from you soon!

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