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Whimsical tales from a 3rd grader growing up in 1964.
                         A kids book that's not just for kids!
Whimsical tales from a 3rd grader growing up in 1964.
                         A kids book that's not just for kids!
Whimsical tales from a 3rd grader growing up in 1964. A kids book that's not just for kids!
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Suzy Carruth Kuperschmidt
Suzy Carruth Kuperschmidt

Best is Yet To Come by JD Dohnal

If you were ever a third grader and let's be honest...who wasn't? (well...unless you're a second grader) Then, this book is for you!

Explore the world through the eyes of a third grader that didn't have access to an iPhone, XBOX, laptop or some other mode of information-gathering system. This third grader actually had to write legibly with a #2 pencil.

In 1964, I remember riding my bike to the library (without a helmet) and the excitement I felt when I found the perfect book to check out. My quirky little stories in RaMbLiNgS bring that sense of nostalgia to the pages of this book from a third grader's innocence of awe and wonder. I also created My RaMbLiNgS spiral notebook for kids to write their own quirky stories and create art masterpieces.

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing a child reading an actual book with dog-eared pages. It takes me back to a simpler time.

For a brief moment, sit back, relax and stroll down memory lane with me and see if you can spot the misspelled words and bad grammar! ...and with that said...welcome to RaMbLiNgs oF a 3Rd GrAdEr.

AUTHOR: Hi! I'm Suzy Carruth Kuperschmidt and would like to introduce you to RaMbLiNgS oF a 3Rd GrAdEr, a 32-page hardbound full-color book and My RaMbLiNgS spiral notebook. These are great for kids, adults, adults who act like kids, readers and listeners. 

THE RAMBLINGS STORY: My family moved from Michigan to El Paso, Texas, where I attended Marian Manor Elementary School. My 3rd grade teacher was Mrs. Sewell and it was in her class in 1964 that I filled these spiral notebooks with my quirky short stories that ranged from the oppressive heat at the Alamo to the rigors of dental hygiene. Luckily, my mother hung onto these gems and classic photos!

Behold: The RaMbLiNgS notebooks...Paul was my fav Beatle!
Behold: The RaMbLiNgS notebooks...Paul was my fav Beatle!
Suzy Carruth circa 1964...The author of these quirky stories
Suzy Carruth circa 1964...The author of these quirky stories
Western Day at school..oooohh the pants are so HIGH
Western Day at school..oooohh the pants are so HIGH
Our pets! Taco the donkey and BoPeep the lamb
Our pets! Taco the donkey and BoPeep the lamb
Happy Birthday to me! Always fancy in our party dresses
Happy Birthday to me! Always fancy in our party dresses
from the Launch Party...my two good friends from 3rd Grade..Erika and Suzy..can u find us in the photo above?
from the Launch Party...my two good friends from 3rd Grade..Erika and Suzy..can u find us in the photo above?

In 1966, these notebooks began a 50-year odyssey from El Paso,Texas to Bountiful, Utah to Omaha, Nebraska, before re-emerging in 2013 in a hot Arizona garage, where I found my 3rd grade self, squirreled away in a box and a light bulb came on and flashed: "MAKE A BOOK...MAKE A BOOK...MAKE A BOOK"...and so I did.

                                                                                                                                           Copyright ©2015 Suzy Carruth Kuperschmidt

ILLUSTRATOR: Eric Warren received his M.A. in Illustration Design at The Savannah College of Art & Design. He and his wife Michele currently live in Atlanta, Georgia where he works as an Illustrator on the hit FX animated series, Archer.

BOOK DESIGN Taylor Hoffman attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism. After graduation she began working for her family’s printing company, Page-Per-Page in Chandler, Arizona as their graphic designer. In 2014 she opened her ETSY shop,Taylor Noelle Designs.

FOREWORD: Larry Marder, a cartoonist and writer, is best known as the creator of the comic book Tales of the Beanworld. He is President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Owner of Beanworld Press, Inc. He is the former President of McFarlane Toys and former Executive Director of Image Comics.

EDITOR John Roark is a Scottsdale-based writer and editor who specializes in humor and travel.

SAMPLE PAGES:

The elusive cursive handwriting! I see a misspelled word
The elusive cursive handwriting! I see a misspelled word
Aced Spelling! How did that happen?
Aced Spelling! How did that happen?
Nice printing! Ouch...another misspelled word or two
Nice printing! Ouch...another misspelled word or two
Illustration by Eric Warren
Illustration by Eric Warren
Really? 7 times a day? Really?
Really? 7 times a day? Really?
Illustration by Eric Warren
Illustration by Eric Warren

I sent out many query letters in hopes to get noticed by a publisher. I received a positive response from one in Seattle who was very impressed with my beautiful penmanship.  However, she didn't want to publish a full-color book and the illustrations are just too endearing not to be in color.  I left the project alone for almost a year...and

...Hello KICKSTARTER! I decided this was the best route to get my book and notebook into the hands of the aforementioned. With your help, I hope to have RaMbLiNgS published by May/June 2015. 

Editions two and three are already in the works! Stories like The Alamo, The Moon, The Queen and Bicycle Safety...are just to name a few. Illustrator Eric Warren will be on-board again to bring these stories to life!

Quotes:

"We're all just stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?"...Matt Smith

"Ramblings of a Third Grader is by far the best thing to happen to children's literature in a while. My 8 year-old son loves nothing more than to draw. Ramblings of a Third Grader introduces the idea to children that their everyday life is a story. A story that they can document so vividly with every pencil stroke and crayon they choose from the box. My son's verbally descriptive stories can now literally come to life with a drawing to see beside it in the My Ramblings notebook. I cannot wait to get my son a copy and for him to begin creating his own."

From a mother 1st before Anything...Kashauna Jones, mom 

"Your children's book will bring such joy to young children and I cannot wait for this to be available. It may bring out the hidden new young writers that we will need in the future!!"

Good Luck on this great endeavor...Isis Primus, grandmother

PLEDGE REWARDS

I will be donating 20 books to Marian Manor Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, where I attended first, second, third and fourth grade.

Ms. Kuperschmidt:

It's always nice to hear from ex-Marian Manor students. We thank you for offering to donate some of your books. We would love to have them available for our students. Please feel free to stop by and visit our/your school any time. Once again, thank you and congratulations on your successes. 

Virginia Padilla, principal
Marian Manor Elementary 
8300 Forest Haven Ct. 
El Paso, TX 79907
915-434-360
Can't contribute? No worries! Help us spread the word by sharing the link to our campaign on social media. 

Keep scrolling to see a description of the rewards. All rewards are expected to be shipped to you by May/June 2015.

SUZY SAYS $1 pledge

But, if you want more than a High Five, scroll through the rest of the rewards!!

BUTCHOFSKY STREET $5 pledge

(1) 4x6 illustrated card of 'Suzy and her Stories'

Suzy and her Stories
Suzy and her Stories

 MRS. SEWELL $15 pledge

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS (12 total)

TACO AND BOPEEP $25 pledge 

(1) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOK

(1) 4x6 illustrated POSTCARD of 'Suzy and her Stories'

MARIAN MANOR $40 pledge 

(1) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOK hand-signed by the author

(1) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOK

(1) 4x6 illustrated POSTCARD of 'Suzy and her Stories'

3RD GRADERS $65 pledge 

(3) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by the author

(3) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS (12 total)


EL PASO $90 pledge

(4) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by the author

(4) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS (12 total)

TEXAS  $140 pledge 

(5) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by the author

(5) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS (12 total)

(2) 8x10 matted *prints, printed on 100# matte card stock. Choose your favorite *illustrations


CIRCA 1964 $185 pledge 

(6) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by the author

(6) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS... a Baker's dozen includes 'Suzy and her Stories' (13 total)

(3) 8x10 matted *prints, printed on 100# matte card stock. Choose your favorite *illustrations (hand-signed by the illustrator)

SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS $300 pledge  (limit 5 rewards)

Each child/adult will receive:

(1) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOK hand-signed by the author (with a personalization)

(1) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOK

(1) 4x6 illustrated POSTCARD of 'Suzy and her Stories'

(1) RaMbLiNgS PENCIL

(1) 9x11 embroidered canvas RaMbLiNgS BOOK BAG to hold all these goodies!

*Maximum 6 kids/adults* for each reward

SUZY'S BIG DEAL $500 pledge  (limit10 rewards)

(10) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by me, Eric and Larry!   (with a personalization)

(10) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

(1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS...a Baker's dozen includes 'Suzy and her Stories' (13 total)

(1) RaMbLiNgS PENCIL

(1) doll per reward. Your very own 10" SUZY DOLL in her polka dot dress!

(1) 9x11 embroidered canvas RaMbLiNgS BOOK BAG.YAY

RAMBLINGS $1000 pledge

(10) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by the author

(10) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

I will donate 9 copies of each to Phoenix Children's Hospital as an In-Kind Donation and add your name to the RaMbLiNgS website!

Phoenix Children's Hospital In-Kind Donation
Phoenix Children's Hospital In-Kind Donation

Remember, the BEST way to spread the word is by sharing this on Facebook, Twitter or a good old-fashioned email.

Risks and challenges

I worked in the publishing division of Todd McFarlane Productions for 10 years and to avoid any pitfalls, I consulted with my friends and colleagues who have decades of printing and production experience, having printed 100 million+ comic books and graphic novels. Their expertise was invaluable.

One other challenge will be reading my cursive handwriting! (wink**)

My goal is to fulfill rewards by May/June 2015.

BOOK: 9x9 hardbound, full-color, 32-page book of quirky stories with a 'Suzy Says' factoid as well as illustrations that will make you giggle!

SPIRAL NOTEBOOK: 9x9, 32-page notebook (lined pages for story writing and blank pages for drawing) for your child or your child-like self to write your own Ramblings and create art masterpieces.

Video: John-Dirk Peetoom
Vocals: Anna Kahl
Recording Director: Ernie Lausten
Music for video: Best is Yet To Come by JD Dohnal

***Funding from Kickstarter will be used for the ISBN/bar code, copyright, printed copies of the hardbound books, spiral notebooks and illustrated cards, Suzy Dolls, embroidered canvas bags, shipping costs for rewards and Kickstarter/Amazon percentages.

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    3RD GRADE SUZY SAYS - A lot of random things, but they are always thought-provoking.

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    TACO AND BOPEEP - A Donkey and a Lamb oh my! No conventional pets for me.

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    MARIAN MANOR - Home of the Tigers! Not Lobsters, but Tigers.

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    3RD GRADERS - We all were at one time, unless you are a 2nd grader, of course.

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    EL PASO - A city AND a song. Can you name the singer? Rhymes with Tardy Bobbins.

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    TEXAS - Deep in the Heart..come on, I know you sang the rest of the song and clapped four times.

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    CIRCA 1964 - Hard to believe that was 50 years ago and 1/2 a century too!

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    (1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS... a Baker's dozen includes 'Suzy and her Stories' (13 total)

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    SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS - Come in many colors and have that annoying shredded paper that sticks in the wire and you have to pick it out with tweezers!

    I will come to a library, book store, birthday party or favorite watering hole (YES, adults dig this book too) and read RaMbLiNgS oF a 3Rd GrAdEr aloud to your group of kids or adults :)

    Each child/adult will receive:

    (1) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOK hand-signed by the author (with a personalization)

    (1) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOK

    (1) 4x6 illustrated POSTCARD of 'Suzy and her Stories'

    (1) RaMbLiNgS PENCIL

    (1) 9x11 embroidered canvas RaMbLiNgS BOOK BAG to hold all of these goodies!

    ***Maximum 10 kids/adults for each reward***

    (I will travel within 25 miles of the Phoenix Metro area) OR I'd be happy to ship the goodies to you if a read-aloud sounds tedious, uninteresting and dull, but I find that hard to believe!!!

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    SUZY'S BIG DEAL - This IS a big deal because you read all the way to this point hoping to find a reward with lots of stuff. You have arrived.

    (10) RaMbLiNgS Hardcover BOOKS hand-signed by Eric, Larry and Me! (with a personalization)

    (10) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

    (1) each of the 4x6 illustrated POSTCARDS...a Baker's dozen includes 'Suzy and her Stories' (13 total)

    (1) 8x10 matted print. Choose your favorite illustration (hand-signed by the illustrator). Printed on 100# matte card stock.

    (1) doll per reward. Your very own 10" SUZY DOLL in her polka dot dress!

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    (1) 9x11 embroidered canvas RaMbLiNgS BOOK BAG.YAY

    And I will probably do a cartwheel!

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    RAMBLINGS DONATION - all day every day you can bring a smile to a child's face.

    (10) RaMbLiNgS hardcover BOOKS

    (10) My RaMbLiNgS NOTEBOOKS

    I will donate 9 copies of each to Phoenix Children's Hospital as an In-Kind Donation and add your name to the RaMbLiNgS website!

    These kids are facing life's trials and deserve a smile after a tough day.

    ***includes shipping in the USA for your book, notebook and (1) 8x10 matted print of 'Suzy and her Stories' (hand-signed by the illustrator). Printed on 100# matte card stock.

    I thank you from the bottom of my 3rd grade heart.

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