We're Amy Goldstein and Robert Sauber and we want to bring you a beautiful children's book.
The story at the center of David's Garden was first told to engage the imagination of 5 small children as their parents were getting ready for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). They loved the story and it became a holiday tradition. More groups of children have enjoyed the story over the years.
Many Layers to the Story:
A family's move can mean upheaval in a child's life. David's Garden shows how exploring a new place while keeping old traditions helps one child adjust and find joy in his new home. Other themes include appreciation and love of nature and the environment through tending to a home garden, as well as creating deeper connections between children and grandparents. Illustrations make these themes accessible. The sample page below shows the special feel that Robert Sauber is creating for the book, its design and the quality of its illustrations.
A Parable of Freedom:
David's Garden also is a parable for the journey from slavery to freedom to the beginning of redemption that the Children of Israel took during the Exodus from Egypt (commemorated each year by the holiday of Passover) to receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai (marked by the Shavuot holiday). It is based on a poem by Moses ibn Ezra - a great medieval poet from Spain. David's Garden offers an opportunity for constructive interaction between parents/grandparents and children.
Filling a Gap in the Marketplace:
David's Garden fills a gap in the children's book marketplace. While many books exist for various holidays, few focus on Shavuot and none on the connection between Passover and Shavuot. Even in its incomplete state, David's Garden has been used by my daughter's pre-school and elementary school to teach about the holiday.
From New York to Silicon Valley, technology professionals continue to prefer published, low-tech children's illustrated books for their own children - even as they innovate the virtual world.
The target market for this book will be Jewish schools and annual Jewish book fairs, as well as organizations engaging in outreach and education for families.
After working with a professional editor (Miriam Shaviv) and award-winning illustrator (Robert Sauber), David's Garden has been partially illustrated and sketched-out.
Funding at our goal of $10,000 will allow us to complete the illustrations, secure ISBN number and publish the book for to introduce the book at book fairs and targeted events.
Any additional funding will allow us to make the book available to a wider audience, as well as to start work on other children's illustrated books such as Who Will You Invite: A Sukkot Story, Molly's Smile and Mimi the Miracle Kitten.
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge will be encountering possible delays in production and delivery of the book. We are in the process of choosing a self-publishing and fulfillment company that has the experience and reach that will allow us to overcome these potential challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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