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Yellowstone is an amazing and mysterious place. Here's a playful lesson in earth science in the world's first national park.
Yellowstone is an amazing and mysterious place. Here's a playful lesson in earth science in the world's first national park.
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Are hot springs rainbows, curled up to nap? Or are they pools of water, heated deep within the earth? Yellowstone is an amazing and mysterious place. Emmaline has some imaginative ideas about the origins of the park’s wonders and her scientist father has some pretty wild theories of his own. Follow their magical adventure in America’s first national park. Written and illustrated by an award-winning elementary art teacher and her own geologist father, this book is a playful lesson in earth science.

Cross-section of a hot spring
Cross-section of a hot spring

Imagination Vacation Yellowstone is a labor of love. I've been exploring Yellowstone since childhood, worked in the park for a summer and even married my husband there. My own geologist father contributed to the writing of this book. Teaching elementary art in a high-poverty area for the past seven years, I've come to realize just how neglected science is. In a world of high stakes standardized testing, science is usually on the back burner. Imagination Vacation Yellowstone helps to bring earth science to inquisitive young minds.

Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Canyon formation
Canyon formation

I've already written, illustrated and laid out Imagination Vacation Yellowstone. Now all that's left is the printing. $8,000 (plus funds I've already saved) will pay for a press run of 10,000 books.

Emmaline's idea of how the Yellowstone Caldera was created
Emmaline's idea of how the Yellowstone Caldera was created

Risks and challenges

My biggest challenge (besides funding) is marketing this book. The good news is, I've already secured my toughest customer. Yellowstone's premier educational and conservation group has already purchased 100 copies of Imagination Vacation Yellowstone. Those copies were printed from a pricey on-demand printer and were sold at a slight loss just to get my foot in the door this summer. Funding this project will allow me to keep selling copies to this group as well as begin selling copies to other vendors in and around the park and across the country.

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    Grand Prismatic Level:
    You will receive a handmade line drawing throw pillowcase (you can specify the color and subject), a coffee mug or puzzle, a hand-painted thank you card from me, a hand-painted bookmark and a copy of the book with a personalized autograph.

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    Castle Geyser Level:
    I will create and send you an original watercolor landscape in my style. You can email me a photo if you wish or I can surprise you. In addition, You will receive a signed copy of my book.

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    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Level:
    Just send me a family photo and I'll create a personal version (not offered for sale) of the book but with your family (up to 4 people) as the characters. Your family members will be added to both the text and illustrations. You'll get one copy and I'll upload it to the photo printer (i.e. Shutterfly) of your choice so that you can order more copies as you wish. This will be completed just in time for Christmas.

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    The Old Faithful Level:
    I will create a custom Yellowstone adventure itinerary and My husband and I will meet you in Yellowstone to act as your personal guides for up to three days. Depending on your athletic ability, I can even include top secret backcountry gems in your tour. Time frame is limited to late June through early August 2014. In addition, You will receive a signed copy of my book. You are responsible for paying for your own food, transport, lodging and backpacking equipment if applicable.

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