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Awaken the joy of helping in your little ones; inspire them to take responsibility with Sal!
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"Sal, Let’s Help" is a children’s book written with a very special goal in mind: to teach our precious young ones the value of helping one another. It emphasizes this concept by encouraging children to "help" with small tasks around the house. This book also promotes concept of sharing responsibilities by showing how Sal does his share of work around the house.

Our children, Yash and Aditi created the very first character for the book – a furry little bear named Sal.Sal then further evolved and after much iteration we have what you see in the illustrations that follow.

Then we started incorporating different tasks that our children enjoy or that we would like them to help us with – e.g. washing hands, watering plants, putting dishes away, etc.The story line evolved using this as a basis.The original story was read to group of children between the ages of 3 and 6.Based on their reactions and feedback, the storyline was improved.

As we read the book to our own children who range from ages 3 to 6, we noticed a change in them as well. They were more observant, asking how they can help around the home and eager to complete the simple tasks given to them. We really hope your children enjoy the book and experience the joy of helping, just like Sal.

"Sal, Let’s Help" is a story of a furry little bear who lives in a treehouse with his mommy and daddy bear. Sal, in the course of a regular day, is faced with various household tasks that arise. Sal meets these tasks with bubbly enthusiasm; and when he doesn't, his mommy inspires him to join in on the helping fun.  

 Mommy Greene requesting Sal to put his toys away. 

Sal helping Mommy Greene to clean the leaves away with his toy broom.   

Below are 6 individual stickers of size 2x2 that will be given as awards: 

Consider giving the gift of reading. You can always donate books to your local school, library or an organization of your choice. We can also donate books on your behalf to any one of the below organizations: 

Books for America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to promote literacy, life-long learning and understanding by distributing donated new and used books and other forms of educational media to disadvantaged organizations and schools serving the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas. Please go to http://www.booksforamerica.org/ for more details. 

Books for Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 31 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. Over the past 12 months they have shipped 2.6 million books, valued at $35 million to 27 African countries, with an additional 223 computers and 11 brand new law and human rights libraries. Please go to www.booksforafrica.org for more details.

Priti Bansal and Aditi Verma together authored this book. They have also illustrated this book along with the help of another family member. Since childhood both, Priti and Aditi, have had a passion for helping and volunteering. As moms, they want their children to understand how helping can bring happiness. They want to encourage the same passion of giving in their children that they possess themselves. This encouraged them to write this book.

We would love to know if this book encouraged your little ones with lending a helping hand around the home. Please leave us your comments and feedback by filling out the feedback form (http://helpingtown.org/blog/feedback-form/) or sending us an email at helpingtown2012@gmail.com.

International customers—when making your pledge, please contact us via email and send us your shipping address. Please email us at: helpingtown2012@gmail.com We will look up the exact cost of shipping to your individual location. You will then sign in to Kickstarter and add this shipping amount to your pledge total. All shipping must be paid in full before we can ship your items. Please note that shipping dates may vary for international customers.

This kickstarter campaign is to cover the cost of publishing the book. Any future revenue from this book will go towards HelpingTown, an online forum that connects volunteers to people in the community who need help. For more information on HelpingTown, go to www.helpingtown.org

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The estimated date for when the book will be printed and available to ship is December 2014. We are trying our best to have the book ready for Christmas. The book may be available slightly earlier or later than December 2014, depending on production timelines. Thank you for your generous support and helping us make this dream a reality.

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    1 postcards of illustrations from the book with personal note on one of the postcards.

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    BOOK DRIVE FOR PHILIPPINES and CARIBBEAN ISLANDS or DONATE TO LOCAL SCHOOL/LIBRARY.

    We will donate a book to set up libraries in schools within Philippines and Carribean islands on your behalf. OR We will go to schools and libraries local to us, read "Sal, Let's Help" to children and donate the book to that school or library.

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    DONATE A BOOK. 1 Signed Hard cover books can be donated to either Books for America or Books for Africa on your behalf. You can provide your preference.

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    STICKERS SPECIAL. 1 Signed Hard cover book and 6 Customized Stickers of Sal. International Backers --Please email us your shipping address at helpingtown2012@gmail.com so we may calculate the postage you must add to your pledge. See the International Shipping details in description.

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    DONATION PACKAGE. 2 Signed Hard cover books, one will be donated to Books for America and one will be donated to Books for Africa on your behalf.

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    2 Signed Hard cover books, and 4 postcards of the illustrations from the book with personal note on one of the postcards. International Backers --Please email us your shipping address at helpingtown2012@gmail.com so we may calculate the postage you must add to your pledge. See the International Shipping details in description.

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    NUMBERED, LIMITED PRINT SPECIAL. 5 Signed Hard cover books, and 2 Signed & Numbered 8x10 print of 2 different illustrations from the book. International Backers --Please email us your shipping address at helpingtown2012@gmail.com so we may calculate the postage you must add to your pledge. See the International Shipping details in description.

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