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Noemi GobelBy Noemi Gobel
First created
Noemi GobelBy Noemi Gobel
First created
SEK 15,533
pledged of SEK 30,350pledged of SEK 30,350 goal
67
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 28 2018 9:05 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Golden Child is a short children’s story inspired by classic fairy tales, but with one vital difference: it pulls the mother from the background, and makes her the hero.

Artistic illustrations and a clean, classic layout help bring to life the story of a family with two children – one of whom happens to have gold skin. When the child is discovered and kidnapped by greedy pirates, the mother sets off after them, rescues her child and escapes through a magical lake, which takes them back to their family.

Who will enjoy this book? 

I (aka Noemi, the writer behind The Golden Child) believe this story will fit all children above the age of 4. That’s how old my daughter is, and she keeps asking to hearing it again and again :) The story's language is simple, clean and accessible: making it a good choice not just for native English speakers, but also students of English as a second language.

Velina Parapanova, the fantastic illustrator and graphic designer behind The Golden Child, planned the book’s layout with parents in mind: all illustrations are on the right-hand side, so you can sit with your child next to you while reading, and they can see all pictures comfortably.

  

Why did this book happen?

I grew up reading fairy tales. The world of pixies, dwarves and talking animals was as real to me growing up as Harry Potter and Willy Wonka were later on. I still remember the feeling of walking down a foggy lane at twilight and half-believing an elf will hop out in front of me any minute. It was incredible!

I want my kids to feel this magic too. So I read a lot to them. And I can’t help but notice that in all the classic fairy tales – think Andersen and the Grimm brothers – mothers are mostly present as passive elements to move along the plot.

(Belle, Cinderella or Snow White couldn’t have reached their happy endings without their initial trauma of a lost parent and/or an evil stepmother. And Jack the Giant-killer needed his mother to throw his magic beans outside the window for his destiny to begin; but whatever happened to hers?)

That’s why I wrote The Golden Child. I wanted it to show children what they already experience in everyday life: that mothers take care of them. Whether that means making breakfast, doing school runs, or rescuing them from evil villains and finding their way home. Mothers are active. Mothers lead. Mothers rule!

What's Mothertales?

Originally, The Golden Child was the first of a collection of children's stories called Mothertales: simple stories where mothers take the spotlight. 

...But I realised that I'd like each of my stories to get that proper spotlight, so I decided to focus on The Golden Child first, and make that into a proper, illustrated, high-quality storybook. But I kept the name Mothertales as a guiding light, so to speak: if everything went well, we'll continue publishing stories under this name for a long time! 

And who's "we"?

Velina Parapanova
Velina Parapanova
Noemi Gobel
Noemi Gobel

We're Velina and Noemi – two mothers living in Sweden (Velina in Stockholm, Noemi in Lund). We met at work a few years ago, and talked a lot about motherhood, kids, and big life questions :) We created this book as a way to inspire discussions with kids about mothers being heroes, in a simple way they will enjoy and remember. At least, that's what we hope.

So is it just about mothers?

Actually, no! The Golden Child gently illustrates new family dynamics; themes like parent roles (stay-at-home father vs travelling mother), perceived personal value (the gold-skinned child vs the pink-skinned child), or diversity (different skin colours within a family). 

Comb through our numbers.

As someone who comes from the world of words (or, in Velina's case, design), the biggest challenge in this project has definitely been the "business development" part: like getting production quotes and piecing together an estimated budget, just to name a few.

That said, we've come through and put together a budget that will, hopefully, stand the test of time (and Kickstarter):

Book production: 11 000 SEK (for 300 copies) 
Colouring book production: 3000 SEK (for 100 copies) 
Print production: 1250 SEK 
Video production: 7100 SEK
Packaging and admin fees (Kickstarter, pencils etc.): 5000 SEK 
Buffer for unforeseen costs: 3000 SEK
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TOTAL: 30350 SEK

You'll see that we've estimated 300 book copies for production. But since this whole campaign works like a pre-order system (i.e. we'll order the same amount of copies that you order here on Kickstarter), this amount may change. Which may then decrease our original target budget.

If this happens, don't worry: we'll reinvest all remaining money into additional prints, colouring books, or another fun surprise and add them to your order! Exciting, right?

Risks and challenges

My biggest worry right now is production time – our campaign ends on November 28th, which means that the Christmas rush will already be upon our selected printers...

So the sooner we reach our goal, the more likely it is that our beloved book will end up in your letterbox in time for Christmas! Just another reason to back our cause, don't you think?

Because that's really what this is, for us. It's more than a book. More than a campaign.

It's a mission to make mothers heroes. To spend time with our kids. To make sure they know we will save them, and be there for them, and read to them, always. Pirates be damned.

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    Digital Nomad

    Wow, thanks! We'll send you a PDF of The Golden Child in all its digital glory, so you can fire it up on your laptop whenever you want. Sound good?

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    Hyper-Digital Nomad

    Kids always stealing your laptop? We've got you covered: you'll get a PDF AND an ebook version of The Golden Child with this reward. (Ebooks are better for your eyes anyway. Or, umm, theirs.)

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    The One and Only Book

    THIS. This is why we're doing this campaign: so you'll get a hard-cover, high-quality version of our beloved story The Golden Child. PDF and ebook versions included. Million thanks and good karma likewise.

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    Our Book & Our <3

    If you want a dedicated copy of The Golden Child, because you think it'll be valuable someday, or you want to see our handwriting, or you just like us, plain and simple - then this reward is for YOU. (And we <3 you back, of course.)

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    The Colouring Book

    Yes, we have a colouring book. And not (just) because it's trendy. Our kids love to colour, and these illustrations are perfect for budding young artists everywhere! AND, to make things even simpler, we'll send you some pencils too.

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    The Deluxe Book Package

    Wow, you're a star! We're REALLY touched by your support, we can't even express it – so we'll say it with books instead, okay? Books, books, books... ALL the books.

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    The BFF Deal

    When you found this campaign, did you immediately think: "Wow, I have to share this with ____, s/he'd really love it"? We admire your good heart, so here you go: TWO copies of The Golden Child, plus a small print of an illustration to hang on your fridge. Just because.

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    The Deluxe Creative Package

    You're so awesome for doing this! You'll get one of everything now, everything! Thanks so much! So very much! And sorry for all the exclamation points!!

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    Our Biggest Fan

    We have no words to describe your FAN-tasticness (get it?). We can only assume you're doing this because you believe in our mission and want to help us lift mothers everywhere. So here are some books and prints to help you do just that.

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    Friends Colour Together

    If your child has a colouring bestie, this one is for you: a double package of colouring books, pencils and prints. Heck, we'll even throw in two ebooks. Friends shouldn't share everything, right?

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    The Library Edition

    Help us turn the spotlight onto mothers in children's stories! With this (incredibly generous) pledge, you'll receive enough material to set up The Golden Child in your (or your kid's) library. Books galore, with a colouring book thrown in for good measure. AND mountains of gratitude from us too.

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    The STYLISH Library Edition

    You've got an eye for flair, as well as a generous heart! This reward is basically the Library Edition, BUT with 6 prints thrown in that you can use to glam up your library. (Not that it needs it. Maybe your library is already glam.)

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    All. The. Swag.

    We're speechless. We'll just take a box and throw in everything we can. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

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