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A whimsical, colorful picture book following a girl's walk to fetch water in Africa. Grow a child's worldview during story time!
A whimsical, colorful picture book following a girl's walk to fetch water in Africa. Grow a child's worldview during story time!
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Lulu and the Long Walk is a 32-page, hard-cover, 10" x 10" children's picture book written by Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Dan Haseltine (from Jars of Clay), and illustrated by international visual artist Joel Schoon-Tanis. The story follows Lulu, a young girl in Africa, on her day-long walk to fetch water. Along the way, she has fun and whimsical interactions with animals, but underlying the story are questions like:

Why did she walk past the school? Why is the water so far away? Why is the water brown and dirty? 

Lulu and the Long Walk is a visually charming and colorful book that delivers an honest reality for countless children in Africa. The story allows families to delight in the beauty of Africa while opening up conversations about the great needs so many people face. 

Dan Haseltine's ear as a lyricist make for a seamless transition to children's books. Joel Schoon-Tanis, who has illustrated many books, finally gets to paint a book set in his favorite part of the world! 

The book is painted, designed, and ready to go. All we need is your help to raise the capital in order to print the book.

Here's a taste of the text:

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Lulu woke up to the sound of the rooster's call. Just as the sun peeked through the dark morning sky, she stepped outside, grabbed her big yellow can, and skipped across the field...past the empty schoolhouse, around the giant acacia tree, and down the squiggly path that led out of her village.

Lulu hopped through the prickly weeds like a beautiful, jumping gazelle.

"Hi, gazelles!" she said.

"Hi, Lulu," they said back. "Can you stay and jump with us today?"

"No, no, not today. I have to get water from far, far away." And off she jumped.

At the edge of the jungle, Lulu shimmied like a monkey on an old tree that had fallen across the dry riverbed path.

"Good morning to you, monkeys!" she sang.

"Good morning to you, Lulu," they sang back "Can you shimmy on the trees and sing with us today?"

"No," she said. "No, not today. I have to get water from far, far away."

And here's the art (sans text):

Cover.
Cover.

 

Morning.
Morning.

 

Through the Village.
Through the Village.

 

Leaping Gazelles.
Leaping Gazelles.

 

Monkey Shimmy.
Monkey Shimmy.

 

Elephant Stomping.
Elephant Stomping.

 

Hello, Lion!
Hello, Lion!

 

Wise Lion.
Wise Lion.

 

Here it is with the text!
Here it is with the text!

 

The Water.
The Water.

 

Helpful Lion.
Helpful Lion.

 

The Mud!
The Mud!

 

Elephant Ride.
Elephant Ride.

 

Monkey Biz.
Monkey Biz.

 

Yawn.
Yawn.

 

Home.
Home.

 

Dreams.
Dreams.

This is the text for the final page:

Lulu finished her meal and did her chores. Then she climbed into bed and fell fast asleep. And the little, kind, hard-working girl dreamed a wonderful dream.

Risks and challenges

We are working with art book printers that Joel has used in the past. It's just a matter of seeing it through. The only risk is that we don't find enough patrons like you to fund this project!

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    Home: Pages 28 and 29

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    The Author: School visit + 10 vooks

    A day with Dan in your school or church. Besides giving presentations, Dan is happy to help lead a community water walk, too.

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