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By Rasheena Phinisee
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"I AM A FLOWER POT MADE FOR A PLANT," is a children's book that focuses on educating children affected by liver failure and transplantation. It also educates readers about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor. 

"I am a flower pot made for a plant," tells the story of four year old Assiah’s adventurous search for her liver transplant. On her adventure, Assiah makes friends with Juju a fascinating and vivacious 10 year old with leukemia. Together they explore the mystical world of a hospital greenhouse in an attempt to find a plant for Assiah's failing liver. While in Sari, Assiah meets Oliver, a magical talking tree that explains the importance of the body’s biliary system and organ donation.

Why this Matters?

We all have treasured childhood stories that have affected the way we see reality. Instead of producing a book that only focuses on the procedural process of transplant, I want to share the curiosity, imagination and personalities behind transplant children. I believe the best way to do this is through a book that will be read with children and parents and live on their bookshelves for years to come.

I believe stories are the most formative force of our childhood. Everyone has a book that made the world seem beautiful and full of possibility. My book is about the captivating imaginations of children facing life altering illnesses that complicate their lives. Although they are faced with monumental challenges beyond their years, these children possess the most prized characteristic known to man…the ability to imagine. For with our imagination we can escape harsh realities, change perceptions and heal the weak.

Why a storybook?

Childhood illness in the 21st century is more prevalent than ever before. Emotional and intellectual competence during these times is imminent. This generation is increasingly affected by childhood cancers, transplants and rare diseases that desperately need more books that create dialogue for it. 

More importantly, writing stories that children can understand aids in their expression, creativity and practical knowledge of what they themselves, family members or friends are going through. Our kids should learn to imagine, question and cope in a way that is healthy and comforting for them. I believe that there is plenty to learn from this book and making it a reality will allow that to happen.

"I am a flower pot made for a plant," will be a classic journey of discovery that teaches readers about different people working together through traumatic experiences and still living to be happy. The illustrations are as important as the story so my book will be full of detail, bold colors and magical moments, in a world where everything is not apparent at once.

• Hardcover book, 8 x 8 inches and 32 pages

• Traditional story of friendship, being different.

Risks and challenges

This is the first time I’m doing a children's book. I’ve talked with several KickStarter authors about the process as well as other children's book authors. I have a quote on initial 2000 copies. The storybook is industry standard, so production problems shouldn't be an issue. This will be launched as a KickStarter project so at the end of the fundraiser, I'll know the number of books I can afford and where I should be printing them. Shipping is expensive and always a bit of an unknown. This is why I’m planning on shipping the books with Amazon and using their third party fulfillment services.

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    JUST WATCHING - Follow my journey in making this book reality through exclusive backer updates full of information on making a children's book.

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    THE E-BOOK - Digital version of the book (your choice of ePub, PDF or Mobi) available for your phone or tablet.

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    THE BOOK. One lovely, paperback copy of "I am a flower pot made for a plant”

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    DOUBLE THE FUN. Two paperback books. Something to share with a friend.

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    LET'S TALK. Assiah will talk with you for one hour over Skype about the book or just have a friendly chat. And you'll get the paperback book and a poster.

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    EXPERIENCE. Get an exclusive playdate with Assiah at Pot-ted in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, California. Walk through Assiah's imagination by enjoying a day at this greenhouse nursery (and you'll get a dinner in a very special location plus a copy of the book). Location: Los Angeles, CA. Travel costs not included.

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    KINDERGARTEN KIT. Get 10 copies of our paperback books as well as 10 poster size coloring pages of Assiah and Juju’s adventure. This package is ideal for schools, hospitals, or non-profit events.

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    STORYTIME. We will travel to your facility and have story time. This also includes 10 paperback copies of our book, 10 coloring books and 10 book marks of Assiah's adventure.

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    PUPPET STORYTIME. We will travel to your facility and have story time. The book will be acted out in A PUPPET SHOW! This includes 10 PAPERBACK COPIES of our book, 10 BOOK MARKS, and 10 COLORING BOOKS. BONUS: Have your name listed in our book as one of our supporters.

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