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I’ve really been overwhelmed by the generous response from friends and supporters of our Kickstarter Campaign on behalf of KIT COYOTE: A TALE OF HOPE.

But we need more!! We’re only two days away from out deadline and still far from reaching our GOAL of raising enough money to publish this picture book and get it in the hands of the foster kids who need it.

In asking for your support, however, I know you want to know as much as possible. You need to know that the money will be used for an Art Director to design the book for publication and then the money will be used to publish 1000 copies and to distribute those to individuals and agencies serving foster children. No doubt you also want to know as much as possible about the story content. So here’s an excerpt…. 

Kit met many new people too. Every week he visited Bruce Hedgehog, the therapist. They talked and played together. Kit told Dr. Hedgehog stuff that he didn’t tell anyone else. “I miss my Mommy and Daddy very much,” said Kit.

“Of course you do,” said Dr. Hedgehog.

“Do they know where I am?” Kit asked. “Why don’t they come get me?”

“They know you’re in a safe place,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “But you can’t live with them right now.”

Kit frowned. “Why not?”

“Because they’re not ready,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “Parenting is a job, a very tough job. You have to be patient, understanding and mature. Not everybody knows how to do this job well. Your parents are learning. When they learn all they need for this job, then you can live with them."

One day Clara Raccoon came to see Kit. She had a very nice smile. “Hello Kit, I’m your court advocate,” she said. “Do you know what that is?”

Kit shook his head.

“A court advocate is a very special friend,” said Clara. “My job is to make sure you’re okay. If something’s not okay or you need something special, please tell me.”

Kit thought hard. “Like what could I tell you?”

“Let’s see,” said Clara. “Suppose you had an aunt or a grandmother who you wanted to see. Or even a pet dog or cat. You could tell me. And I would try to make that happen.” She smiled, “Do you understand?”

Kit nodded. “Yep.”

“So what things do you like to do?” asked Clara Raccoon. “Do you like to draw pictures?” The little coyote shrugged, but his eyes shone brightly. Clara gave him a pad of paper and some crayons. Kit drew a picture of a house in a bad storm. Black rain-clouds covered the sky While he drew the picture, Clara asked some questions and Kit answered them. Then Clara said, “Now, Kit, do you have any questions for me?”

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The most traumatic event in a child’s life may be when that girl or boy is removed from home and put in foster care. The experience is often confusing, scary and painful. At any given time, there are 500,000 American children in foster care. We have created the picture book KIT COYOTE: A TALE OF HOPE for these young people to encourage a sense of resilience and self-expression. 

KC Waking up
KC Waking up

Our story is gentle and kindhearted and comes from the child's point of view. The story may be read to them or they may read it themselves. They will learn what may be new in their lives: foster parents, a CASA worker or court-appointed advocate, social workers, therapists, a judge and new friends at a new school. By using animal characters like the social worker, Kathy Rabbit, or the foster mom, Rayna Fox, or the therapist, Bruce Hedgehog, we avoid stereotypes. Most important is Kit himself - a coyote pup.

We understand the mixed feelings a child may experience about his biological family and the challenges of the new situation. As foster parents and art therapists as well as award-winning authors and illustrators, so we know first-hand. 

With Therapist
With Therapist

We want our book to be utilized by anyone who may have contact with a young foster child including social workers, police officers, court advocates, CASA workers, therapists, foster parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, court officials. 

Our book is almost complete. We've shown it to many people in the field who have praised its content and illustrations. Your funds will go to art direction, final illustrations, printing, promotion and distribution of 1000 copies of KIT COYOTE to our targeted audience plus those who've earned books as rewards. Afterwards we anticipate that book sales will cover expenses. We encourage you to contribute to this worthy project right away – you could positively impact a child today!

Happy Dance
Happy Dance

For those who want to read more of the manuscript, here it is:

Kit Coyote opened his eyes wide and looked around. The little bedroom was very neat and clean. But Kit was scared, “Where am I?” Then Kit remembered what had happened the night before. What a terrible night it had been. Mom and Dad weren’t home. But that wasn’t different. Often, his parents weren’t home. Sometimes, they were gone all day and all night or for two whole days. When Mom and Dad were gone, Kit tried to take care of himself. He put on his shoes and socks. He looked for food in the ‘fridge. He fixed a bowl of cold cereal or ate peanut butter and crackers. After all, Kit felt like a big kid. But sometimes when he was along, his tummy was empty and he couldn’t find any food to eat. Then Kit started to cry. But there was no one there to hear him.
Last night, someone banged on the door loudly. Kit ran over and opened it a crack. “I’m Officer Bear,” said a big police officer. “And this is Kathy Rabbit. Please let us come in.” Kit was very scared. His parents often said, “Don’t let anybody come in.” but Officer Bear showed Kit his police badge; his eyes were kind. “We’ve just come to help you,” he said. He came in with a young woman. “I’m a social worker,” said Kathy Rabbit. Her voice was very gentle. “What is your name?” “My name is Kit,” said Kit. Ms. Rabbit looked around. The house was cold and there was no food in the refrigerator. “Do you know where your Mom and Dad are?” she asked. “Do you know when they’re coming home? Kit shook his head slowly. “No, ma’am.” “Hmmm,” said Ms. Rabbit. “You are very young to be here all by yourself, Kit. We need to take you some place safe.”

 “Oh no,” said Kit Coyote. “Mom and Dad will come very soon. They told me they would.” He started to cry. “Please, don’t take me anywhere. I want to stay here.” Officer Bear put his arm around Kit’s shoulders. Kathy Rabbit helped Kit find some clothes to put in a paper sack. Then they got in her car and they drove to a strange new house, far from his old home. All that happened last night. Now Kit looked around his new room. It was neat and clean and warm. Still he didn’t want to be there. He wanted his Mom and Dad. He wanted to go home. “Hello, Kit.” A woman came in the door. Kit had met her last night. But it had been very late and he had been very sleepy. “My name is Rayna Fox,” she said, “and I’m your Foster Mom. Do you know what that is?” Kit didn’t say anything. He didn’t know. He put his head under the covers. “A Foster Mom is someone who takes care of you while you’re away from home,” said Mrs. Fox. “I bet you’re hungry.” Kit peeked out. “Do you like pancakes?” She asked. “No,” Kit squeaked and stuck his head back under the covers. But that wasn’t true. He loved pancakes! “Get dressed and come to the kitchen for breakfast.” The Foster Mom smiled at Kit. “But please wash your hands first.” 

 Then she left the room. Kit didn’t want to go anywhere. But he could smell the pancakes and they smelled so good. I’ll eat just one pancake, he mumbled to himself. Kit went into the kitchen and sat down at the table. “Did you wash your hands?” asked Rayna Fox. Kit shook his head. Why should he wash his hands? “That’s a rule in our house,” said Mrs. Fox. “Please go wash your hands and then you can come back and eat.” Kit looked at the pancakes. They looked delicious. He went and washed his hands. Then he ate three big pancakes. 

Rayna Fox fixed meals for breakfast and lunch and dinner. Kit’s tummy was always full. He had to wash his hands before every meal and there were lots of other rules too. It was easy to forget one or two. Kit met many new people too. 

Every week he visited Bruce Hedgehog, the therapist. They talked and played together. Kit told Dr. Hedgehog stuff that he didn’t tell anyone else. “I miss my Mommy and Daddy very much,” said Kit. “Of course you do,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “Do they know where I am?” Kit asked. “Why don’t they come get me?” “They know you’re in a safe place,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “But you can’t live with them right now.” Kit frowned. “Why not?” “Because they’re not ready,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “But I have good news.” “What?” said Kit. “Your Mom and Dad will visit you every week in an office near here.” “Hurray!” said Kit. He grinned. 

One day Clara Raccoon came to see Kit. She had a very nice smile. “Hello Kit, I’m your court advocate,” she said. “Do you know what that is?” Kit shook his head. “A court advocate is a very special friend,” said Clara. “My job is to make sure you’re okay. If something’s not okay or you need something special, please tell me.” Kit thought hard. “Like what could I tell you?” “Let’s see,” said Clara. “Suppose you had an aunt or a grandmother who you wanted to see. Or even a pet dog or cat. You could tell me. And I would try to make that happen.” She smiled, “Do you understand?” Kit nodded. “Yep.” “So what things do you like to do?” asked Clara Raccoon. “Do you like to draw pictures?” The little coyote shrugged, but his eyes shone brightly. Clara gave him a pad of paper and some crayons. Kit drew a picture of a house in a bad storm. Black rain-clouds covered the sky. 

While he drew the picture, Clara asked some questions and Kit answered them. Then Clara said, “Now, Kit, do you have any questions for me?” He nodded. He had one big, important question: “When do I go home?” Clara looked at him. Her face was serious. “I have to tell you the truth, Kit. I don’t know when you’ll go home.” Hearing this answer made Kit feel sad. It also made him feel angry and confused. “But what will happen to me?” cried Kit. Big tears leaked from his eyes and fell on his shirt. Ms. Raccoon squeezed his paw. “I know you want to know, Kit. And I will tell you as soon as I can. 

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT - PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS - I LOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!!!

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