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An illustrated book for all ages, which shares a gentle message that the loved ones we've lost will always be a part of our lives.
An illustrated book for all ages, which shares a gentle message that the loved ones we've lost will always be a part of our lives.
An illustrated book for all ages, which shares a gentle message that the loved ones we've lost will always be a part of our lives.
174 backers pledged $12,327 to help bring this project to life.

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See Me in the Wonder: a book about love and connection.

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See Me in the Wonder began as a way to teach our children about having a loved one who has died. Our first daughter passed away when she was three, and although our other two children had never met their sister,  I wanted them to know that she will aways be a part of our lives.  I wanted them to understand why we think of their sister when we see a butterfly, blossoms in the spring, or a beautiful sunrise. What resulted from this is a lovingly crafted picture book, which I believe has the ability to bring comfort and inspiration to readers of all ages.

 See Me in the Wonder will be a 24-page, full color, 10 x 10 hardcover book. The simple, rhyming text follows the idea that the loved ones we’ve lost are always with us, and can be found in the beauty that is all around us.

 The watercolor illustrations are meant to capture the sense of wonder and connectedness that we can feel when we stop and really take in the beauty of our natural world. They also attempt to serve as a reminder that all life is change, and as one thing is ending another is beginning. In my experience, this reminder of the nature of change and that all things are connected can bring a welcome sense of understanding and peace to the grieving process.

 My partner in this project is my husband, Robert Fraher. He has completed the book design and will be preparing the layouts to send to the printer. We are both eager for the opportunity to allow what we have learned through our own experiences to help others who are dealing with loss. Our hope is for See Me in the Wonder to be shared with a child who has questions about death, given to a friend who is grieving, or read in the quiet moments to remember those who will always be alive in our hearts.  

"Monarch on Coneflower" illustration
"Monarch on Coneflower" illustration

The text and illustrations have all been completed, and See Me in the Wonder is finally ready to be printed.  This is where you come in!  The funds we raise through Kickstarter will primarily be used to cover the cost of printing the book.  A smaller portion of the funds will be used for producing and shipping rewards, and to pay Kickstarter’s fees.

We have included the illustrations that are available as print rewards on this page, in addition to some sample page spreads.  If you would like to preview the entire book, please visit our website at: seemeinthewonder.com

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out our page, and hope that you will consider supporting our project.  We would also like to ask for your help in sharing this campaign with others.  The more people we reach, the better chance we have of meeting our goal and getting this book printed and out into the world.  Thank you! 

 

"Snowflakes" illustration
"Snowflakes" illustration

 

"Blossoms" illustration
"Blossoms" illustration

 

"Summer Sky" illustration
"Summer Sky" illustration

 

"Autumn Leaves" illustration
"Autumn Leaves" illustration

 

Risks and challenges

The illustrations, text and layout for the book are all complete. We have researched and found a printer that we are excited to work with, and printing is scheduled to begin soon after the close of this campaign. As such, we don’t foresee any risks with getting our book produced and into your hands.

We are well aware that fulfilling rewards will be a time-consuming venture. We are prepared for the challenge of fitting this into our already busy life, as it will truly be a labor of love!

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    Our deep felt thanks for supporting our project!

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    Hardcover Book

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder.

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    Signed Hardcover Book

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder, signed with a message by Laurel.

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    Two Hardcover Books

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder to keep in your own library and one to share.

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    Hardcover Book and Monarch Print

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder.
    You will also receive one 9x9 print of the "Monarch on Coneflower" illustration (on 10x10, archival 100% cotton paper), signed by Laurel.

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    • One 9x9 print of "Monarch on Coneflower"
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    Five Hardcover Books

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder for your own library and four more to share.

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    Hardcover Book and Season Prints

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder.
    You will also receive a set of four 9x9 prints (on 10x10, archival 100% cotton paper), signed by Laurel. These four illustrations, which represent the changing seasons, include:
    "Snowflakes"
    "Blossoms"
    "Summer Sky"
    "Autumn Leaves"

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    • Four 9x9 prints - one of each season illustration
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    Three Hardcover Books and Three Prints

    You will receive one hardcover copy of See Me in the Wonder for your own library and two more to share.
    You will also receive your choice of three 9x9 prints (on 10x10, archival 100% cotton paper), signed by Laurel. Once the campaign has closed, you will have the opportunity to make three selections from the illustrations that have been offered as a 9x9 print in other reward tiers. This includes:
    "Monarch on Coneflower"
    "Snowflakes"
    "Blossoms"
    "Summer Sky"
    "Autumn Leaves"

    As a special thank you for pledging at this level, we will include your name (or a name of your choosing) in a note of gratitude to our backers in the book.

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    Signed Hardcover Book, Original Painting

    You will receive one original watercolor illustration, "Sunrise", an alternate that Laurel painted for the book. This 9x9 painting is similar to the sunrise illustration that is in the book, but with its own unique differences.
    You will also receive one hardcover book with a personal message written by Laurel, to you or a recipient of your choice.
    As a special thank you for pledging at this level, we will include your name (or a name of your choosing) in a note of gratitude to our backers in the book.

    Includes:
    • One hardcover book, signed with a personal message from Laurel
    • Original watercolor painting, "Sunrise"
    • Your name listed in the book in a thank you note to backers
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    Signed Hardcover Book, Original Painting

    You will receive one of two original watercolor illustrations, "Autumn Leaves", that were alternates for the book. Each 9x9 painting is similar to the leaf illustration that is in the book, but with its own unique differences.
    You will also receive one hardcover book with a personal message written by Laurel, to you or a recipient of your choice.
    As a special thank you for pledging at this level, we will include your name (or a name of your choosing) in a note of gratitude to our backers in the book.

    Includes:
    • One hardcover book, signed with a personal message from Laurel
    • Original watercolor painting, "Autumn Leaves"
    • Your name listed in the book in a thank you note to backers
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