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An illustrated story of a boy and his dog deep in the Mountains of Tibet and the magical adventure they go on.

If we reach 500 Backers contributing $20 or more everyone at $20+ gets a free Snow Lion bookmark.

If we reach 1000 Backers contributing $20 or more everyone at $20+ gets a Snow Lion refrigerator magnet.

About the Book:

‘The Dog that became a Lion’ is an illustrated story of a boy, Tenzin Donyo, and his dog, Sing True, deep in the Mountains of Tibet and the magical adventure they go on, proving that the best thing friends can do is be there for each other.

An ancient Tibetan legend speaks about a Tibetan dog that was the predecessor of Majestic Snow Lion. It symbolizes fearlessness, unconditional cheerfulness, strength and compassion. 

The Snow Lion is the symbol of fearlessness. A conquerer of all fears and obstacles - this is the central theme of our book. 

International Translations:

'The Dog that became a Lion' book is currently translated into Spanish and Russian. We are currently working on Chinese, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, German, French, Ukrainian and Korean translations. One of our goals is to translate the book into as many languages as we can - if you'd like the book translated into more languages, please contact us and we'll be happy to put your language on the list. 

4 years in the making:

Putting together 'The Dog that became a Lion' has been a long journey going from a concept to completion. Written by Arturo Toledo and Illustrated by Steve Horrocks, the book began it's journey in 2007 to tell an original story based on traditional folk lore from the Tibetan region of Asia. Four years later after a lot of research, study and hard work comes the book we have today.

We are asking for your help with our book printing fund so we can have a first class quality book printed here in the USA.  The book will be a 10"X10" hard cover, properly bound, fully color separated print on high-grade paper so it will really make the wonderful art look great and stand up to the test of time.  We have projected to make the per-unit costs as reasonable as possible so we have budgeted a print volume large enough to reach that goal.  All of this is designed to make the book as safe, environmentally responsible and approachable for as many schools, libraries and families as possible.

Here's where you come in:

What we are looking for help to take this amazing story from it's current eBook incarnation into a more accessible printed form for more families to enjoy. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Kickstarter, it uses an all-or-nothing funding model. If we don’t reach our goal by the end of the fundraiser, your account will not be charged for your pledge.  So please help us in reaching our goal as it's vital to the success of the project.

The Legend of Snow Lion:

In an ancient Tibetan Legend a small dog Lhasa Apso is the ancestor to a Majestic Snow Lion. The transition from the long-haired, small, fluffy dog with hair over his eyes into a giant magical creature was the most challenging of all. How do you draw the Snow Lion? The ancient and mysterious images of the Snow Lion that have been depicted over a thousand years needed to be brought into a modern day interpretation of the character that was likable, less aggressive and not scary to young children. 

Multiple artists worked on varying concepts to try to find the look.  There were designs by an artist in the US, Eastern Europe, and even by a Tibetan Monk. Each brought in their own cultural influence and style.  After many different attempts were made, it was proving to be difficult to come up with the book’s title character.  This is where the skills of master artist Steve Horrocks came in and he found the perfect balance of strength, grace and appeal.   As you can see by his art, it is very different from the earlier versions, taking on hints from earlier designs but becoming something unique of it’s own. Steve’s Lion is majestic, full of life, love and a best friend any child, not just Tenzin Donyo, would want to have. 

 


This is Steve Horrock's version of the Legendary Snow Lion used in the book:


Sing Tru – the Dog:

In the beautiful Tibetan Legend a small dog, a Lhasa Apso, is the ancestor of the Majestic Snow Lion.  Here are some photos of Lhasa Apsos and as you can see they do really look like mini, fluffy lions with their big manes. 

Looking through these sketches reveals the evolution of Sing Tru’s character development.  It took over 2 years and a team of artists to find a look that would reflect the most of his playful personality.

One of the dozens earlier sketches of Sing Tru:

This is the look that we decided on for Sing Tru the Dog:

Thank you all for your kind support and giving the book the opportunity to be published and we are looking forward to hearing from you! 

FAQ

  • Our plan is to print the book in the US.

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  • We have talked to several high quality professional book printers and have figured out a budget to get the work done. To get the quality levels we want at a good price we have to do a full color separation printing, which means we need a minimum number of books to print. The funds are needed to make the physical printing process cost effective.

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  • Though our target market is for families with children 4-8 years old we have recieved strong positive reaction from people of all ages.

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  • Actually right now there is an eBook edition available on Apple's iBook Store. As great as the book looks on the iPad, we think there is something more intimate and engaging when reading the printed version of book as a bed time story.

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