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My niece once wished she could light up like a firefly and since she's passed away, I'm hoping we can light up the world with her book.

A WISH UPON A JAR 

When my beautiful niece, Maria Schaffstein, was three years old, she wanted to be able to see in the dark and glow like a firefly.  So I wrote a book filled with her images and the story of how a little girl wanted to be able to light up the night like lightning bugs could.

Along with the help of my friends, Eric Gothold (who did the illustrations) and Ismael Manny Carlo (who put all the images together for us), we created her story.

She also had a dream that one day A WISH UPON A JAR would be spread throughout the world in KINDERGARTENS, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND LIBRARIES.

Here's a page from the book --

Each page has her face on it, from ages 1-3.  Her image helps tell her story throughout.

However... Maria never got to see the book get published and shared with children everywhere... because she died in a car accident when she was 17.

Maria at 17
Maria at 17

But we can do it for her now.  

With her images.  Her dream.  And YOU.

So now...


WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING? 

With your generous pledges we will enhance the images, the artwork, and make the appropriate changes to make it look its best for publication.  

Then we will find the right publishing house, get it exactly the way we want it, and print as many copies as we can to spread them around the world... in KINDERGARTENS, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND LIBRARIES. 

We also have a fun website - awishuponajar.com - and a Facebook page to touch as many readers as possible.

Maria was the type of girl who wanted to wrap her arms around the world.  She loved to travel and if she had her way, would have met every person around the globe. Now she can.

Me and Maria
Me and Maria

So this is our chance to introduce her and A WISH UPON A JAR to everyone.


We would like to get it into as many children's hands as possible. 

THIS IS ALL OR NOTHING.


If we don't raise the goal amount, it doesn't happen.  If we raise the goal, everyone wins.  If we go above and beyond the goal, children everywhere will be able to share Maria's story and celebrate her life!

So the possibilities are endless.  With your pledges (OVER ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE), Maria will get to wrap her arms around the world, one reader at a time.

Thank you for helping us make her dream come true.

FAQS - 

How can I order more books?

Contact Suzanne by clicking on the blue "Contact Me" button on the upper right hand side of the page by her picture.


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The only challenges we face could be delays in the actual printing to make sure we get everything exactly right. But we do not foresee any reason that we should be stalled in our process.

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    MARIA'S NIGHT LIGHTS - You'll receive weekly email updates on the process of getting the book published AND a PDF version of the book along with a warm heartfelt thanks for making Maria's dream come true.

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    MARIA'S DREAM BUGS - 1 PAPERBACK EDITION! And the E-BOOK! And the PDF! Along with email updates. Let's share her story with every child in the world!

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    MARIA'S FREQUENT FLYERS - 1 SIGNED PAPERBACK EDITION of A WISH UPON A JAR. Plus weekly email updates AND the e-book. Let's share Maria's wish with every kid in the world!

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    MARIA'S TWINKLE TWINKLE CREW - A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THANKS to you (or your child) INSIDE the book. Get your name in Maria's A WISH UPON A JAR - be a part of her dream! Plus you get the weekly email updates and the e-book and 1 SIGNED PAPERBACK EDITION - with your name in it! Yay!

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    MARIA'S TORCHES - 1 SIGNED PAPERBACK to give out to children who would love to light up with Maria's story... Give a child a chance to see how wishes can come true! Plus weekly email updates and the e-book and 1 SIGNED PAPERBACK for you with the SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THANKS to you (or your child) inside the book! So you get one and you can share the other books with kids who can live her dream.

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    MARIA'S ILLUMINATORS - 1 SIGNED HARDCOVER EDITION for you (with special thanks to you or your child inside) and 1 SIGNED PAPERBACK for you to share - let's spread Maria's book everywhere we can! Plus weekly email updates AND the e-book. Children will see your name in Maria's book and know that you helped make her dream come true.

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    MARIA'S STARBURSTS - 6 SIGNED PAPERBACK EDITIONS for you to share with children everywhere! AND 1 signed HARDCOVER for you with special THANKS to you (or your child) inside the book. Plus you'll get weekly email updates AND the e-book. Let's celebrate Maria's story!

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    MARIA'S LIGHTNING LEAGUE - 7 PAPERBACK COPIES to put in children's hands wherever you can. AND 1 signed HARDCOVER edition for you with special thanks to you (or your child) inside the book. Help spread Maria's books around the globe! Plus weekly email updates AND the e-book. Your child can be reading Maria's story while at the same time a child across the world is enjoying it, too!

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    MARIA'S FIREWORKS - YOUR FACE will be featured on our website - AWISHUPONAJAR.COM for being one of the brightest fireflies to make Maria's dream come true AND you will also appear on our FACEBOOK page! You'll also get 8 PAPERBACK EDITIONS (with special thanks to you inside) that you can share with children in your town or wherever your travels should take you. Make a child's eyes light up from the other side of the globe! Plus you will get weekly email updates AND the e-book AND 1 signed HARDCOVER for you. Maria's story can touch so many children with your help!

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    MARIA'S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIREFLIES - AUTHOR VISIT! Suzanne will come to your school, day care, children's hospital or library for a READING and BOOK SIGNING (L.A. County & Orange County only) and bring 10 PAPERBACK EDITIONS to be signed with special THANKS to you or your organization inside the book. Your picture will also be on our website and Facebook page for lighting up the night sky. This is where you make so many dreams come true.

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    **BE A FIREFLY** - YOUR NAME WILL APPEAR ON ONE OF MARIA'S FIREFLIES IN THE BOOK - Along with your PICTURE next to your firefly in the foreword of the book. Plus you will get 10 SIGNED HARDBACK editions (with special thanks to you inside) that you can share with children everywhere! And YOUR FACE will be featured on our website - AWISHUPONAJAR.COM for being one of the brightest fireflies to make Maria's dream come true AND you will also appear on our FACEBOOK page! The books make great gifts for birthdays and holidays! Plus you will get weekly email updates AND the e-book. You can bring Maria's story into so many lives!

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    MARIA'S BEAMS OF LIGHT! - We will make a special THANK YOU video for YouTube expressing our gratitude for your amazing generosity and you will receive 10 SIGNED HARDBACK EDITIONS (with special thanks to you inside) to share with boys and girls everywhere. Plus you will get weekly email updates AND the e-book AND your face will be featured on our A WISH UPON A JAR.com website and FACEBOOK page for illuminating the night to make Maria's dream come true!

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