The chug, chug, chug, puff, puff, puff, ding-dong, ding-dong of the train didn't come to the city that day. It didn't come the next day either....
We all root for the train each time we read the classic tale of The Little Engine That Could, but should we? Do the children really need a train for their food and toys? In our edition, the children on the other side of the mountain learn that “kids can” find and create what it is they want and need themselves. The children in our tale discover that there are great sources of food all around them, and that with their imagination they can make their own fun.
Carmiella Salzberg, a printmaker and gallery artist (carmiella.com), Katie Olson, a trained professional illustrator (http://ktolson321.wix.com/kt-olson), and Ilan Salzberg, a writer, former organic farmer (http://ekarfarm.org/) and passionate locavore have taken up the charge of retelling this classic story.
By using found material to create the world in which the children live, we’ve practiced what we preach. We transform trash into trees, buildings, and couches! The reader can study each page and reference an “I-spy”-like index in the back of the book to figure out which repurposed materials form the world of the book.
For example, this image...
was printed from this collagraph printmaking plate...
... made from string (grass), tin foil (mountains), cling-wrap (sky), packing tape (clouds), cardboard (train station and post), brown tape (bench), hole reinforcer stickers (lights on post), and paper from a past art print (railroad track).
What pieces of 'trash' can you find in this city?
See the answer at 0:55 in the video.
What do you think we used in this living room?
We are very passionate about this project and excited to get it off the ground and into the hands of little ones!
We hope you will invest in When The Little Engine Couldn't! We so appreciate your support!
Risks and challenges
Staying true to using found materials in the process takes time and patience- two commodities that have never arrived on a train. Printmaking is a wonderful yet incredibly tedious process, and we want to make sure we are sending you our very best work. Our goal is to have all books and prints completed and sent to you by the winter holiday season. If any extension is necessary, we will let you know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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