Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A children's book that's a modern twist on the classic tale; promoting sustainability, creativity and self-reliance.
A children's book that's a modern twist on the classic tale; promoting sustainability, creativity and self-reliance.
175 backers pledged $9,295 to help bring this project to life.

About

When the Little Engine Couldn't project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$9,295

175

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Good karma for you! We think you will, think you will, think you will find great happiness with the cosmic rewards headed your way. Expect some thank-you art to be emailed your way as well...

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    A thank-you note postcard made from found paper or cardboard will be sent to you! On it will be a poem, a riddle, or a joke we find enjoyable.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $26 or more About $26

    Your very own signed hardcover copy of the first edition of When The Little Engine Couldn't!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    90 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    Signed hardcover When the Little Engine Couldn't book, and an original mini collagraph print based on the book.

    This print is an image printed through the 'collagraph' method from a plastic gift card. Makes for one cute little print.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    32 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    What can YOU create with found material?!

    Reserve one space in a 4 hour Collagraph Printmaking Workshop at Red Delicious Press in Denver, Colorado, taught by Carmiella! You or your little ones can learn this fun, accessible, hands-on process of creating unique prints from 'trash'! The course will be held this Fall, 2016. An exact date will be set closer to that time.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Two signed hardcover When the Little Engine Couldn't books, a digital print poster, and an original mini collagraph print.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    One hardcover When the Little Engine Couldn't book, a digital print poster, and a process print.

    Process print: an original collagraph print that was created during the process of illustrating the book. This image was part of perfecting the illustration but didn't make the final book edit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Do you think you can?! Think you can?! Think you can?!

    This is your opportunity to include a found object that YOU want to see in the book! You also receive the original hardcover When The Little Engine Couldn't, a digital print poster, and an acknowledgment in the book credits.

    Find something flat that has an interesting texture: a feather, a wrapper, a dried leaf, a doily, textured paper from a greeting card, etc. Mail it to us. It must be flat and capable of running through the printmaking press.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Chug, chug, chug, puff, puff, puff, ding-dong, ding-dong!

    One original gallery quality art print ready for framing! This print will be one of the FINAL spreads used for the published version of When the Little Engine Couldn't. This 10" x 30" piece will be your keepsake of a book we hope you treasure for years to come. Since the characters are digitally incorporated into our book, they aren’t included in the print you will receive, but they can be added in by special request (by a process called 'chine-collé').

    You will also receive three hardcover When the Little Engine Couldn't books, and an original mini collagraph print.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)