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By Ana Hazanov
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About this project

About our Project:

"A Friend Can Be" is a book inspired by years of preschool teaching and by a "three round" motherhood experience. While most books about friendship are geared towards older children, " A Friend Can Be" is written in a way that even a very young child can understand. The language of the book is clear and simple and the illustrations feature familiar landmarks in Atlanta that captivate an older audience as well as the young children. Crafted for children roughly from 2 to 6-years-old, "A Friend Can Be" is written and illustrated to include all kinds of kids, all kinds of places, and all kinds of people in general. Written by an Early Childhood and Special Ed teacher with over 12 years experience Ana Hazanov, and designed and illustrated by amazingly creative artist Gregory Lee, this books reflects years of expertise and many days (and nights) of creative labor.

Why We Want to Make This Book:

Ana: I lived in three different countries throughout my lifetime and was faced with the ultimate challenge of finding friends "from scratch" twice - as a teenager, when I moved from Belarus to Israel and again, as a young adult, when I came from Israel to the US. I had to overcome my shyness and get out of my comfort zone. Being different, wearing different clothes, speaking a different language and not knowing the culture of the new place were not easy challenges to overcome. Luckily both times I met the most amazing diverse group of people I am privileged to call "my friends". Now that I am a mother, educator and writer, one of my most important goals is to teach and tell stories that both acknowledge our differences and connect all of us to each other.

Greg: At a young age I realized I liked drawing and art. It stayed with me into a career of graphic design, industrial design, website design and eventually SEO. I've always been drawn to abstract art and photography, two seemingly opposites. But what I like about both is the imaginative side of seeing something for more than what it is and creating an engaging and sometimes dramatic composition. I'll really enjoy preserving our son and his friends along with our favorite park in a book, a special gift he can keep. I suspect this will be a special book for anyone who takes their child to a city park, especially if it is Piedmont Park in Atlanta. I also believe that every piece of media that puts a healthy way of thinking and growing is extremely valuable for our young generations. With this collaboration, you will be taking part in making a very special book – beautiful, fun, engaging, and impactful.

What We Already Have:

We have the story: Ana Hazanov, respected in communities across the world from Israel to Atlanta for her writing and teaching early childhood education, special needs and language acquisition, has worked lovingly on the narrative and picked the choicest words. It has been written and worked over through dozens of test readings with families of all kinds.

We have an illustrator: The amazing Greg Lee will bring his wondrous and radical eye to the project, creating rich illustrations that draw children and adults in, without shutting anyone out.

We have the community: You! You are going to love being a part of this project!

What We Need from You:

Our goal is to raise the funds in order to:

• Pay for the time and labor to create the phenomenal illustrations and design as well as the time and the technology used during the creation of this project

• Cover the costs of the first print run and the cost of the rewards (and the shipping)

All children deserve stories that teach them not only about how they are unique, but also about what connects them to all other humans. " A Friend Can Be" tells that story without leaving any people out because of their race, size, disability or any difference from you.

Questions?

If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page. If you have any questions at all about the project, about where your money will go, or if you have ideas or suggestions of ways to collaborate please get in touch. You can email Ana at annahaz@hotmail.com

International backers (outside the U.S. or Canada) please add $20 to help us with the cost of shipping.

What if we get more money than what we ask for?

We will take the book to the next level of course and spread the idea of friendship and acceptance as far as the extra money will take us. For example, we will pay for advertisement in print, TV and radio, throw even more super cool book signing parties, and have the book printed in different languages. And compensate everyone that we employ for their time and effort in helping to take this baby to the next level.

Risks and challenges

This is my first book publishing and instead of self publishing, I prefer to find a publisher. It is possible I might have difficulty finding a good local publisher, which leaves us to self publishing which won't provide the same level of promotion after the book is in print. However, this does not effect the goal of this project, which is to make the initial printing of the book.

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    Acquaintance: 2 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Buddy: You get the book " A Friend Can Be". 2 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Sidekick: Copy of book with personalized book inscription from the author and illustrator. 2 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Friend: Book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a facebook shout out.

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    Dear Friends: 2 copies of the book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator and special recognition in credits of the book. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a facebook shout out.

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    Best Friend: Original art work from the book, by the illustrator. 2 copies of the book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator and special recognition in credits of the book. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Best Friend Forever: We will include your child (nephew/niece, your friend child, granddaughter or grandson) as a character in the book on one of the pages. Original art work from the book, by the illustrator. 2 copies of the book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator and special recognition in credits of the book. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Partner in crime: Author and Illustrator conduct book reading, answer and question session at a venue of your choice such as preschool, library, church etc (local , metro Atlanta only). We will include your child (nephew/niece, your friend child, granddaughter or grandson) as a character in the book on one of the pages. Original art work from the book, by the illustrator. 2 copies of the book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator and special recognition in credits of the book. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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    Life Long Friend: Your child (nephew/niece, your friend's child, granddaughter or grandson) will be a recurring character throughout the book. Original art work from the book, by the illustrator. 2 copies of the book with personalized inscription from the author and illustrator and special recognition in credits of the book. 4 tickets to our super fun and classy book signing party in Atlanta, bring your friends, parents or in-laws! Also, "A Friend Can Be" bookmark and a Facebook shout out.

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