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What is Giraffe to do when he finds himself ill-dressed for the most important party of the year? Find out in this new children's book!
What is Giraffe to do when he finds himself ill-dressed for the most important party of the year? Find out in this new children's book!
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Giraffe has lived at my house for almost four years now.  My family finds him very charming, quiet and well mannered.  He has a wonderful story to tell and would like to share it with as many people as possible..  Please help us print his story!

THE CRAFTER:  I am a writer-turned-crafter who is returning to writing. I own Yellow Horse Art Studio, LLC and hand-craft one-of-a-kind stuffed animals from patterns I create myself.  I wrote and illustrated Giraffe's story four years ago for my son (before I spent my days crafting plushies) .  Since It would take a long time to handcraft each of these books, I would like your help to get his story published.  I love to watch kids smile and read - this story does both.

original "Giraffe" book, sketches, and giraffe plush
original "Giraffe" book, sketches, and giraffe plush

THE STORY:  Giraffe's story is one that we all know.  It's a story about feeling plain.  It's a story about finding the pieces that really make us ourselves.   For better or worse, it's often accidents that give us our spots.  Giraffe's story has simple read-aloud text.  It's quiet but funny - a perfect story to cuddle up and read together.

"Giraffe sat by the edge of the muddy river and cried"
"Giraffe sat by the edge of the muddy river and cried"

THE PICTURES:  I have hand-drawn all the pictures for Giraffe's story.  They are sketched out in pencil and will be overlaid in ink and bright watercolor. No fancy computer work here, just plain old eraser shavings and messy paint.  If you would like to follow our work or get sneak peaks of some of the artwork, you can check out my blog!

"He was still a plain giraffe"
"He was still a plain giraffe"

THE FUNDS:  The funds that you help raise from this Kickstarter project will go towards final setup, page layout, legal fees and distribution of Giraffe's story.  They will also cover the cost of printing our first copies and getting them out to all of YOU, my wonderful backers!  The more money we raise, the more copies we will print and the more we will invest in distribution and marketing of Giraffe's story.  He's very friendly, and would like share his story with as many people as possible.

With your help we can make this dream a reality and bring this book from my sketchbook to your bookshelf!

myself and Giraffe - he's a big project! - a color test
myself and Giraffe - he's a big project! - a color test

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    YOU Give Giraffe His Splotches - Three (3) blank coloring pages in PDF format with artwork from the book.

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    Giraffe Says Thank You - Signed 5x7 Thank You Postcard featuring artwork from the book. Exceptional size for framing! I will sign the front and ship it out to you in its own envelope so the PO does not damage it!

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    A Giraffe for Me - Choose 2 pictures from our illustrations. They will be sent to you as 5 x 7 prints in a 8 x 10 white mat - ready to frame and hang.

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    I Love Books (Basic) - Receive an autographed first-run paperback copy of the book. You will also receive the 5 x 7 thank you post card delivered inside the book and Giraffe's coloring pages PDF.

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    I Love Books (Basic - HARDCOVER UPGRADE) - Receive an autographed first-run HARDCOVER copy of the book. You will also receive the 5 x 7 thank you post card delivered inside the book and Giraffe's coloring pages PDF.

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    I Love Books - Receive an autographed first-run paperback copy of the book, with personalized thank-you note inside cover. If desired, you may supply your own message, and I will also personally sketch out Giraffe on your edition.

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    HARDCOVER UPGRADE I Love Books - Receive an autographed first-run HARDCOVER copy of the book, with personalized thank-you note inside cover. If desired, you may supply your own message, and I will also personally sketch out Giraffe on your edition.

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    I Love Giraffe - Receive an autographed first-run paperback copy of the book, with personalized thank-you note inside cover. You will receive 2 5x7 size prints from the book illustrations. YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE a 13" tall plush replica of the main character, hand-made by the author based off her own pattern (see Yellow Horse Art Studio on Etsy for other examples). Giraffe plush will be cream and brown unless other wise noted by you - each will be one of a kind! We are limiting this offer to 25 Giraffe plush and each will have a custom tag indicating he was part of this special Kickstarter project!

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    The "I Love Giraffe" Read to Me Experience - Author will travel within 50 miles of Grand Rapids, MI to read the book to a group of your child's friends in a home, classroom, or library setting. You keep TWO (2) autographed first-run paperback copies of the book AND one (1) 13" tall plush replica of the main character, hand-made by the author. The group will have the opportunity to do an author-led activity - either coloring giraffe from one of the illustrations (for younger audiences) or learning how to sketch him for an older audience!

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    Giraffe at YOUR House! - I will come to your location (within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, MI) and paint giraffe and at least one of his friends on your wall! Perfect for a children's room or playroom! Please limit your wall size to no taller than 8' and no wider than 8' (I don't like ladders). You will also receive a full sized giraffe plush and an autographed copy of the book.

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    My Buddy Giraffe - Do you live outside the Grand Rapids, MI area? Invite Giraffe into your house with this wonderful combo: your choice of any three (3) illustrations from the book in 8 x 10 size; one (1) full-sized hand crafted Giraffe plush; one (1) mini Giraffe plush; and one (1) signed copy of the book to snuggle with.

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    The "We ALL Love Giraffe" Read to Me Experience - Author will travel within 50 miles of Grand Rapids, MI to read the book to a group of your child's friends in a home, classroom, or library setting. You keep TEN (10) autographed first-run paperback copies of the book AND one (1) 13" tall plush replica of the main character, hand-made by the author. The same fun, author-led activity options are available for your group - AND thirty (30) mini-sized plush replicas of the main character to distribute to your child and their friends. Once again, these mini giraffes are hand-made by the author (myself) and all one-of-a-kind!

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    Giraffe's Super Party Pack - Invite all your friends to share! A great idea for a birthday party or other special occasion! Thirteen (13) autographed first-run paperback copies of the book, Giraffe's coloring pages, one (1) 13" tall plush replica of the main character, hand-made by the author, AND twelve (12) mini-sized plush replicas of the main character to distribute to your child and their friends. Once again, these mini giraffes are hand-made by the author (myself) and all one-of-a-kind!

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    A Giraffe for Everybody - Help your school or friend stock their library! We will send you fifty-four (54) first-run books - enough for 2 average sized elementary school rooms! Each will be signed by the author. This great package will also come with one original custom-made illustration of your choice of Giraffe (15"x24" size), ready to be framed and displayed! Books and artwork will be donated to a school, children's hospital or library of your choosing. A full sized plush for you will also accompany this reward.

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