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The Scent Of Dreams is an enchanting illustrated book that redefines what it means to follow your dreams.
The Scent Of Dreams is an enchanting illustrated book that redefines what it means to follow your dreams.
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I was having a dream…It was the most beautiful dream. In the sky, splashes of teal bickered with fiery orange. The leaves of swaying trees tickled the evening vault, and against the river bank, the water swirled ivory and turquoise, catching the light and folding itself over like spun silver. My feet were bouncing on thick moss, its dark green sprinkled with amber and saffron.

This inner children's book, (understand: a book for anyone who has a inner child) was written with the intention to redefine what it means to "follow your dreams". In a world where we are constantly overstimulated and success standards are imposed by the rich and famous, it can be confusing to try to follow our dreams, and sometimes even difficult to know what our dreams really are. By trying to seem as though we always "have it together", we don't leave our children much room for not knowing, searching, and taking the time to feel out what feels good to them. 

This story opens a dialogue in which everyone -parents, children, and grown children- feels free to reassess what "their dream" means to them.

                      

It was only once I tried taking a step forward that I noticed how deeply Everybody’s noise had disoriented me. 
In my stomach, doubts carved a strange, hollow feeling.

Maybe Everybody was right. After all, there were more of them than there are of me. Maybe I would never find my dream. Or even worse: maybe there were just no dreams in this grey place.

I suddenly felt so silly. 
And in my stomach, the hollow stretched into a hole. 
I couldn’t even remember my own dream.
The hole became a deep pit.


The Scent Of Dreams is a magical fable that follows a spirited girl’s quest for her forgotten dream. Upon awakening in a blurry place, she fails to remember what she knows to be the most wonderful dream she ever had. Her only hope is to trace the eluding scent of her dream. She sets on an adventure that unravels in a delightfully odd universe, crosses paths with peculiar characters and will push her to explore the depths of one of the most essential parts of life: trust in one’s own journey.  This deeply moving story blends surreal logic and symbolic fantasy to cast an enchanting spell on readers of all ages. This is a book to share, to read, to give and to receive, and most importantly, a story to be lived.

     I could no longer feel the stones under my feet, or see the dust that surrounded us, nor even hear the unfaltering sigh of the wind. 
All I could feel was his hand, that fitted my right hand better than my left hand would…
If someone was responsible for deciding the shape of people’s hands, they must have created our fingers knowing we would interlace them, I thought to myself - but very quietly, to make sure he wouldn’t hear.

The book is illustrated by Austin TX based artist Jen Carnes. Her illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and created using pencils and coloring markers. I really wanted the images to feel real and familiar to kids, as I feel like most of today's digitally produced imagery lacks the human element that can tickle and unlock our imagination. There’s something wild and innocent about Jen’s drawings that is enticing to both kids and grownups, and give the book a whole additional dimension.

 

I am thrilled to see this story come to life, for I know that it contains the key ingredients for a heart-centering and perspective-shifting experience, and could ease a lot of the angst that both kids and grownups feel around the idea of following their passion

 

We are ready to launch, but we need capital to be able to print the book and bring it to the bookshelves. Please contribute whatever you can to help make this dream possible, and share this precious book with your loved ones. The great news is that the book is already written, edited and illustrated, so our risks are non-existent! I’ve spent the last 2.5 years of my life investing time, heart and savings to polish the story, collaborate with the illustrator and lay the ground work for this campaign to be a successful one. The funds we will raise will thus go directly into the following

  • Bulk orders of the books so we can lower its price 
  • Manufacturing of merchandise 
  • Shipping costs  
  • Post-Kickstarter promotional campaign  
  • Supporting a reading tour to bring the story out into the world.

STRETCH GOALS

HOWEVER, I have a lot of even bigger dreams, and this is where our Stretch Goals come in! 

If we raise the following, this is what will happen:

  • $14.000 or more : we will create a Scent Of Dreams COLORING BOOK and give it away to all supporters over the $100 mark.
  • $18.000 or more : we will create a FRENCH VERSION of the book and offer it to all supporters over the 125$ mark (upon request).
  
  • $24.000 or more : we will create a MUSIC ALBUM to accompany the reading of the story and send an Mp3 version of the album to ALL our supporters. Music is my biggest passion, and I am stoked for this one!
 
  • $28.000 or more : we will create an actual Scent Of Dreams PERFUME and offer it to all supporters over the $350 mark (upon request).
 
  • $40.000 or more : we will make a DONATION OF 500 BOOKS to Schools in the United States
 
  • $100.000 or more : we will offer the COLORING BOOK AND THE MUSIC ALBUM to ALL our supporters!
 
  • $150.000 or more : we will create a SPECIAL VISION EDITION of the book, to be read with bicolor goggles which will reveal unseen details, and give it away to all supporters over the $250 mark.
  • $200.000 or more : we will make a DONATION OF 1000 BOOKS to Schools in the United States.

VERSION FRANCAISE

MA MISSION 

J’ai écrit ce livre pour enfants intérieurs (donc, un livre pour tous!) avec pour intention de redéfinir ce que “suivre ses rêves” signifie. Dans un monde où nous sommes constamment surstimulés et où les standards de succès sont imposés par les riches et célébrités, il devient difficile de savoir ce que “suivre ses rêves” veut dire, ou même quels rêves sont vraiment les nôtres. En essayant de toujours avoir l’air de maîtriser la situation, nous ne laissons pas beaucoup de place à nos enfants pour ne pas savoir, pour chercher, et pour prendre le temps de comprendre ce qui les fait vraiment vibrer. Cette histoire ouvre un dialogue dans lequel tout le monde -parents, enfants, grands enfants- se sent libre de réévaluer ce que “leur rêve” est, et signifie pour eux.

L’HISTOIRE

The Scent Of Dreams (La Senteur Des Rêves) est une fable magique qui suit une jeune fille pleine de fougue et sa quête pour son rêve oublié. Se réveillant dans un endroit trouble et brumeux, elle ne parvient pas à se souvenir de ce qu’elle sait être le plus beau rêve qu’elle ait eut. Son seul espoir est de suivre l’éludante senteur de son rêve. Elle se lance dans une aventure qui chemine dans un univers délicieusement étrange, croise le chemin d’étonnants personnages et la poussera à explorer les profondeurs de d’une part essentielle de la vie: la confiance en son propre chemin. Cette histoire profondément touchante mélange une logique surréelle et une fantaisie symbolique afin de jeter un sort enchanteur sur lecteurs de tous âges. Ceci est un livre à partager, à lire, à offrir, et plus important encore, une histoire à vivre.

LES ILLUSTRATIONS

Ce livre est illustré par Jen Carnes, une artiste de Austin, au Texas. Ses illustrations sont absolument superbes, et sont créées à l’aide de crayons et de marqueurs. Il était très important pour moi de faire en sorte que les images soient porteuses de vérité et ait l’air familières, car je trouve que la plupart de l'imagerie digitale que l’on crée aujourd’hui manque de cet élément humain qui chatouille l’imagination. Les dessins de Jen possèdent quelque chose de terriblement sauvage et innocent qui interpèlent petits et grands et donnent au livre une tout autre dimension.

CE LIVRE EST-IL POUR MOI?

Je me réjouis de voir cette histoire venir à la vie, car je sais qu’elle contient les ingrédients-clés pour une expérience de coeur, un expérience qui change la perspective et pourrait adoucir l’angoisse que tant d’enfants et adultes ressente à l’idée de poursuivre leur passion.

ET PUIS APRES? 

Je vous invite à participez comme vous le pouvez enfin de faire de mon rêve une réalité, et partager ce précieux livre avec vos proches. J’ai créé de supers récompenses pour tous les budgets! La bonne nouvelle c’est que le livre est complètement écrit et illustré, donc nos risques sont minimaux. J’ai donné 2 ans et demi de mon énergie, mon temps et mes économies pour polir l’histoire, collaborer avec l’illustratrice, et poser les fondations afin que cette campagne rencontre le succès. Les fonds que nous récolerons servirons aux tâches suivantes:

  • Large commandes de livres affinée pouvoir réduire son cout.  
  • Production de Merchandize ( cartes, signets, autocollants, posters…) 
  • Coûts d’envoi  
  • Campagne de promotion après le Kickstarter  
  • Soutenir une tournée de lecture pour partager The SCENT OF DREAMS avec beaucoup d’autres

REVER PLUS GRAND

Cependant, j’ai encore bien d’autres rêves, et bien plus grands! C’est pour ça que l’on a créé de plus larges horizons:

  • $14.000 ou plus : nous créerons un LIVRE DE COLORIAGE Scent Of Dreams et l’offrirons à tous nos supporters au delà de $100.
  • $18.000 ou plus : nous créerons une VERSION FRANCAISE du livre et l’offrirons à tous nos supporters au delà de $125 (sur demande).
  
  • $24.000 ou plus : nous enregistrons un ALBUM pour accompagner la lecture du livre et enverrons une version Mp3 à TOUS nos supporters! La musique est ma principale passion, et je me réjouis d’atteindre ce but!   
  • $28.000 ou plus : nous créerons un PARFUM Scent Of Dreams et l’offrirons à tous nos supporters au delà de 350$ (sur demande).

   
  • $40.000 ou plus : nous ferons une DONATION DE 500 LIVRES à diverses écoles aux Etats-Unis.   
  • $100.000 ou plus : nous offrirons le LIVRE DE COLORIAGE Scent Of Dreams ET L’ALBUM à TOUS nos supporters!  
  • $150.000 ou plus : nous créerons une EDITION VISION SPECIALE du livre, à être lue avec des lunettes bicolores qui révéleront des détails invisibles à l’oeil nu, et l’offrirons à tous nos supporters au delà de $250.
  • $200.000 ou plus : nous ferons une DONATION DE 1000 LIVRES à diverses écoles aux Etats-Unis.

Risks and challenges

The book is already written, edited and illustrated, so our risks are non-existent! I’ve spent the last 2.5 years of my life investing time, heart and savings to polish the story, collaborate with the illustrator and lay the ground work for this campaign to be a successful one.

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    • Handwritten note from Sarah Lessire
    • Your name printed on the book's Special Thanks page!
    • Signed Hardcover Book
    • AudioBook : audio and musical version of book, read by the author
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    EARLYBIRD CLASSROOM: Only 1

    This is a classroom package to offer to the class of your choice (within the United States). The class will receive 25 paperback books, a handwritten letter from the Author, 25 print sets (25 postcards, 25 bookmarks, 25 stickers), 1 large posters, the Ebook, the Audiobook, and both the class's and your name will be printed in the book.

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    • AudioBook : audio and musical version of book, read by the author
    • Ebook : PDF version of The Scent Of Dreams.
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    Classroom Package

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    Includes:
    • 25× Paperback Book
    • Handwritten note from Sarah Lessire
    • 25× The Scent Of Dreams' Print Set : Postcard+Bookmark+Sticker
    • Your name printed on the book's Special Thanks page!
    • The Class's name cited on the Special Thanks page
    • AudioBook : audio and musical version of book, read by the author
    • Ebook : PDF version of The Scent Of Dreams.
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    EARLYBIRD UNIVERSE PACKAGE

    This is a classroom package to offer to the class of your choice (within the United States). Sarah Lessire will give a book reading in the class or school and teach the kids a workshop on intuition and trust (California schools only). The class will receive 25 SIGNED HARDCOVER books, a handwritten letter from the Author, an ORIGINAL DRAWING from the illustrator, 25 print sets (25 postcards, 25 bookmarks, 25 stickers), 1 large posters, the Ebook, the Audiobook, and both the class's and your name will be printed in the book.

    Includes:
    • Book reading and "Following Your Dreams" workshop by the Author.
    • 25× Signed Hardcover Book
    • Handwritten note from Sarah Lessire
    • Original Drawing by Jen Carnes, The Scent Of Dream's illustrator
    • 25× The Scent Of Dreams' Print Set : Postcard+Bookmark+Sticker
    • The Scent Of Dream's LARGE Poster
    • Your name printed on the book's Special Thanks page!
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    UNIVERSE PACKAGE

    This is a classroom package to offer to the class of your choice (within the United States). Sarah Lessire will give a book reading in the class or school and teach the kids a workshop on intuition and trust (California schools only). The class will receive 25 SIGNED HARDCOVER books, a handwritten letter from the Author, an ORIGINAL DRAWING from the illustrator, 25 print sets (25 postcards, 25 bookmarks, 25 stickers), 1 large posters, the Ebook, the Audiobook, and both the class's and your name will be printed in the book.

    Includes:
    • Book reading and "Following Your Dreams" workshop by the Author.
    • 25× Signed Hardcover Book
    • Handwritten note from Sarah Lessire
    • Original Drawing by Jen Carnes, The Scent Of Dream's illustrator
    • 25× The Scent Of Dreams' Print Set : Postcard+Bookmark+Sticker
    • The Scent Of Dream's LARGE Poster
    • AudioBook : audio and musical version of book, read by the author
    • Ebook : PDF version of The Scent Of Dreams.
    • The Class's name cited on the Special Thanks page
    • Your name printed on the book's Special Thanks page!
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