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Ryan PhillipsBy Ryan Phillips
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Ryan PhillipsBy Ryan Phillips
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$2,131
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Why Write This Book

Children need to hear the story of Anita Krajnc and how she was charged with the crime of having compassion for her fellow earthlings. Anita’s story has caught the attention of people around the world. It all began when she gave a thirsty pig some water. Anita was charged with criminal mischief for this action. If convicted, she faces 6 months in prison, though initially she was threatened with 10 years. Anita's actions, and the reaction of the people profiting off of the buying and selling of animals, demonstrate that society has an underlying disconnect. How can we love animals and feel the desire to help when they are in need, but at the same time view them as a commodity with no rights or protections?

The Book  

This book will run approximately 32 pages. It’s going to have perfect binding, a soft cover and will be 8.5 x 11 inches portrait size. It is intended for an audience of children 6 and up and adults of all ages.

My Experience:

I'm a former teacher with my Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (William and Mary for undergraduate).  Over the past 11 years I have been homeschooling my children and also working full time as an animal activist.  

I previously wrote and shared a children's book called The Boarax: I Speak for the Pigs which was a twist on Dr. Seuss The Lorax.  That experience with writing The Boarax: I Speak for the Pigs, about the plight of the Smithfield pigs, gave me practice with addressing a delicate subject with a younger audience.  The video animation version of The Boarax went on to be viewed by over 30,000 people.  

Additionally, my wife is a certified teacher with years of experience working with younger children, and a deep understanding of what is thematically and age appropriate for children K-8.  She has aided in the writing of the story.

Some of the Illustrations:

 

 

Anita giving water to pigs
Anita giving water to pigs

 

The truck driver yelling at Anita
The truck driver yelling at Anita
 

Excerpts from the story:

Excerpt 1
Excerpt 1

 

 

Excerpt 2
Excerpt 2

 Costs Being Covered:  

The primary costs associate with this book are the art supplies, promotion of the book, shipping costs, the Kickstarter fee, and the publishing costs. But, the publishing costs are by far the majority of the expense. While I don't have the exact price due to not knowing the final number of pages required, estimates that I've obtained end up being around $4000. And, a large part of the mission of this project is to get copies of this book into the hands of kids that might not otherwise have heard this story.  This will be made possible by giving away a copy of the book to a library or a child for each copy earned as a reward and also through promoting this book on social media sites.  

Perks:

This is the art print included as a backer reward.
This is the art print included as a backer reward.

 

The greeting card set included with some rewards.
The greeting card set included with some rewards.

 And one generous backer can earn the perk of receiving two of the hand-drawn illustrations used in the making of this book (the picture of Anita with the pigs and the image of her hand giving the pigs water shown above).

Risks and challenges

The story is already completed and receiving the final revisions. And many of the illustrations are completed or in process. So, there is no risk of this project not being successfully carried out.

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    2 Signed Hand-drawn Illustrations

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    I will personally come to your location within the Continental U.S. and do a private reading of the book and sign copies for all in attendance (up to 30 copies).

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