About this project
History CPR "Cultivate-Preserve-Read!" and Haylee's Treasure are about a special place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Munising. History CPR brings "to life" the history, art, music and natural areas that are special to Michigan. With the money we raise from your pledge we will:
- Print the first book called “Haylee’s Treasure” set in Munising, Michigan.
- Launch History CPR's artist-in-the-schools program bringing discussions, reading, writing and learning through books, history, art and nature to kids.
- Promote the History CPR artists.
- Trademark the name History CPR.
- Begin development of a second book called “Hunter’s Quest” set in Kalamazoo.
- Meet with children in the Detroit area to research a story in Southeast Michigan.
- Explore new locations and cultivate historical artifacts in communities that wish to preserve local history through children's literature.
Haylee's Treasure, a work of historical fiction promotes hands-on experiential learning that supplements the Michigan education standards in and out of the classroom.
Haylee's Treasure engages kids by welcoming them to take part in the creation of stories, characters, and the art and design of History CPR children's books.
Outside of Michigan the History CPR series invites young readers to investigate their own history, nature, and local art and to share this by "writing to Haylee".
Does the vision of providing children an opportunity to engage with local artists and authors in developing books, based on their local history, sound appealing to you? Do you want to help share Michigan gems, like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with those who've never heard about them? If so, we want to share the rewards of this project with you. Thanks for ANY level of support - even $1 can make a difference!
Whooooosh went the engines of the plane as we flew over Lake Michigan. My name is Haylee and I’m sitting next to Andrew Dale. He’s a small airplane pilot, but on weekends he’s my Dad. Mostly, he flies other people around the country. Today, it’s just me and we’re flying to Michigan. Sound exciting? It’s my first flight, but I’m not sure about our destination. Even if we do visit Grammy and Poppop, the truth is that my friends are going to cool places while I’m stuck in “the UP” for summer break. Mom is nuts about Munising’s water, woods, and a wooden bowl made there hundred years ago. I think we’ll be bored to tears but, I could use some company. Want to come along?
· When I was developing the relationship in the story, between Haylee and her Grandparents, I drew from my own memories of my grandparents. In remembering our best times, I knew I wanted artists to interact with kids through this book. Subsequently, I started to see that Michigan had an outstanding wealth of fine artists. For the book, we had only 1-piece that we needed to pull from out-of-state. When Stephanie drew the first art piece into the book's illustrations, I was certain that a craft guild would be giving kids a very unique opportunity to meet artists from all over Michigan and across the U.S
· Through the History CPR art guild kids get to learn about artists and their handmade pieces in a remarkable new way. History CPR invites artists to nominate themselves or other artists who:
· Believe in art programming for kids and
· who support the themes of: family, historical preservation, getting outdoors and into nature and, reading.
· Through the classroom presentations, we would like to have students observe art and learn about working artists in their own communities. We would like children to nominate artists who they would like to see in the History CPR book series.
Haylee's Treasure brings people to places they may not know about, like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A. History CPR introduces historical locations and people while inspiring the explorer, historian, or collector in readers young and old. In this series, readers learn together with artists and writers as they create stories around local, regional and national history. History CPR invites readers to find new historical artifacts and future settings for the next History CPR adventure?
Hoots of Barred owls, visions of the garden, and descriptions of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with it's lichen covered rocks and mossy trails are a few of the visual and audio places that Haylee brings the young reader.
The author has personally invested $6000 in the first book, craft guild, and website. With only needs a few thousand dollars remaining to see Haylee’s Treasure published and in the hands of children. With your backing History CPR could take this book series to kids in other parts of Michigan. In order to do this, we need to raise an additional $2000.00 beyond our goal; since our goal includes the cost of providing the incredible rewards that we know History CPR backers are going to be delighted with!
It's a sticker that goes in the front cover of the book. Where the owner of the book can add their name in a "Belongs to" space.
Traditional press may accept a local author. However, it would be unlikely in this case. Most regional publishers would probably shun the unconventional partnership that we have created in this series with Independent regional artists. Traditional publishers don't usually enjoy working with untested writers and illustrators, let alone a whole new concept, such as "Artwork on display in the illustrations of the book!" I know, to many Yoopers this is brave idea and you appreciate inventive new designs. Yet, to publishers, it probably doesn't sound very great until it works! Also, from my research, regional presses may pick-up locally books but, it can mean a variety of concessions for the author. Even the illustrator won't be the choice of the author. In my vision for this book, I wanted someone who knew and loved the Upper Peninsula; also, we ultimately received an NMU graduate, so that's even better! In light of all of this, I wanted the History CPR book series and craft guild to have the best possible beginnings. So, we're taking a page out of the Yooper Handbook: Independent, Tough, and Collaborative! I believe we're executing this project the "Yooper way" at least, those were the ways that Yoopers taught me how to solve my everyday problems.
For those who feel that what I'm saying may be filled with tendentiousness, please consider: I sat with twelve different authors, some published by a traditional publishing house, and others self-published. After consulting them, I felt that self-publishing would be a more reasonable method for an unknown and untried team i.e. author/illustrator, and craft guild. Thanks for the interest and support. I greatly appreciate your comments! I will post this on the Kickstarter website in case anyone else could be asking these same questions. -Mara MacKay, Haylee’s Treasure-Author
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