The Perfect Swish was inspired by the work of the author and her family delivering wheelchairs to those in need all over the world. During one trip to Vietnam in 2015 (organized through the American Wheelchair Mission), the family met a three year old boy in need of a wheelchair. The boy had never walked, never been in a wheelchair, and was usually carried around by his family or pulled around on a blanket. When the young boy was first placed in the wheelchair, he seemed terrified under everyone's watchful eyes. Then, a family member, who was standing beside him, whispered something in his ear and suddenly the little boy overcame his fear and maneuvered the wheelchair back and forth, then turned left and right, with a huge smile on his face. It was the boy's strength and determination and the love and support of his family and friends that made Brynn want to write a book with that universal message. The Perfect Swish is about a Rabbit in a wheelchair who with his friends, Bear, Cheetah, Monkey and Kanga, learn the lessons of strength, love, friendship and overcoming one's fears. Not only does this book spread those important messages, but ALL PROFITS FROM THE BOOK SALES will go to benefit the American Wheelchair Mission and similar organizations.
By supporting this book, you are helping spread the gift of mobility to entire families and communities. This is because one wheelchair affects not only the life of the recipient, but also the lives of up to ten people who would otherwise help their loved one get around. See this link for more information about the mission of Brynn's family and the important work of organizations like the American Wheelchair Mission : https://amwheelchair.org/brynn-hochman/
The Perfect Swish highlights the main character, Rabbit, who happens to be in a wheelchair. Rabbit is the water bunny for his basketball team. Rabbit does not play basketball and instead loves being the water bunny for his friends. Perhaps Rabbit does not try basketball because, like other boys and girls, Rabbit thinks he won't be good at it. What Rabbit doesn't realize is that his zipping around in his wheelchair passing water to his friends has actually made him the perfect basketball player! It is through an unanticipated event and the love, support and courage of his own teammate, little Kanga, who doesn't like to hop but learns how to, that Rabbit and Kanga work together to showcase lessons of friendship, strength, and overcoming one's fears. This book is targeted at 3-7 year olds as they learn those lessons on and off the playground! The book will be illustrated by Keith Klein, an award-winning illustrator, who will bring to life Rabbit and his friends for our readers.
Any money raised beyond our goal of $11,000 will go toward printing of additional books. For every $5,000 raised beyond our goal, we will donate 100 books to children's hospitals throughout the country. The profits of the books sales will pay for wheelchairs which cost approximately $150 each to purchase and deliver.
Risks and challenges
Like other projects, ours is not without risk. But, we are committed to doing all the work necessary to reach our deadlines. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of production, we are working with an experienced editor who has donated his time at no charge. Our illustrator has reduced his rate significantly because of the charitable aspect of this project. We are also working with someone from the publishing world to help us find a publisher or self-publish. We are also working with the American Wheelchair Mission and similar charitable organizations who will help spread the word and generate sales of the book .
We do not expect delays, but anything can happen when we you publish a book. We rely on our suppliers just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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