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Cardiff found his art teacher hanging up her paint-splattered apron. “Miss Yordan,” he said taking out his sketchbook. “There’s something I would like to show you.”
“Another one of your wonderful drawings? You are becoming quite the artist.”
“Yes. It’s a picture of a cardinal.” Cardiff handed her a drawing of a red bird with a mohawk.
“Oh, it’s beautiful,” Miss Yordan said.
“There’s something else too. Watch this.” Cardiff set the drawing on a table and signed his name at the bottom. He said the magic words, and watched as the bird came off the page and flew around the room!
“Oh!” the art teacher exclaimed. “Oh! Oh! Cardi! How did you – what did you – it’s – oh! Oh!” Miss Yordan examined the cardinal that was now hopping about on the table. She put her finger out and it hopped onto the top of her hand. She stared at it with wide eyes.
“I can do that with anything, Miss Yordan.” Cardiff frowned, “So could my mom…”
Anything Cardiff Smith draws comes to life, at a terrible cost. Everyone who has ever had the gift disappears, including Cardiff’s mother. But what good is having an amazing gift if you can never use it? Cardiff starts with a pink bicycle for his little sister Paris, draws an electric guitar for his big brother Zurich, and secretly leaves gifts for everyone at school. When he decides to draw a park over the old lot in town Cardiff might be taking it a step too far.
The Smith family secret is a secret after all.
MEET THE SMITH FAMILY
Illustrations by Sarah Lynne Reul
WHY THE SMITH FAMILY SECRET?
Book 1 of The Smith Family Secret is a 12,000-word chapter book, with a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 2.9, perfect for your young reader who is excited about magic and art.
Books 2-5 are in process, but still need time, revision and illustrations.
For kids: Anything Cardiff Smith draws comes to life! What's cooler than that?
For parents: Cardiff Smith is a responsible young man who discovers he has an amazing gift. He is kind to his siblings and his friends. The central conflict stems around Cardiff's desire to make people happy. This book is wholesome, with good character values that invites further reflections and questions about generosity and right vs. wrong.
For teachers: I am an art teacher and librarian. This book can be used to kickstart many different kinds of art projects, writing prompts and creative play.
For people without children: This book is enjoyable, whether or not you have children. You could also purchase the book for friends who do have children, and know that the values in the book are wholesome.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The money goes to covering the printing cost, getting the ISBN number and the bar code, Kickstarter and Amazon fees and production costs of this campaign.
Risks and challenges
The only risk The Smith Family Secret Book 1 faces is not getting the funding for being printed. Everything else has been taken care of. The illustrations are done, the story is polished and ready to go. This last step is really only just the beginning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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