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The Dream Traveler series connects children to cultural awareness, music and art, and encourages imagination and creativity.
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We reached our initial goal! ***Now help us reach our next goal to purchase 2,000 books. PLEASE CONTINUE TO BACK THIS PROJECT!

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***NEW REWARD*** A $15 pledge gets you an eBook. You will also receive an eBook with any pledge over $15!

In the Dream Traveler series, a boy named Canyon manifests his way around the world through his dreams for a glimpse of how people in other parts of the world live their lives. Readers will travel with him as he meets children who joyfully accept him into their lives and are just as curious and interested in him, as he is in them.

The books are soulful tales of love and adventure for ages 4 and up. They bring about cultural awareness, encourage imagination and creativity - and through the illustrations, they exemplify environmental consciousness and health. Musical instruments, dancing, art and more are seen throughout the stories. 

"Where do you want to travel in your dreams?" 

That's the question Canyon often hears at night while he flips through his world atlas. His parents encourage his curiosity for people and cultures, also travel and exploration - guiding him on a path toward an extraordinary gift.

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DreamTraveler: Africa 

To grab the reader's attention, the story begins with Canyon returning from his first dream travel to Canada. He dives on his parent's bed shouting with laughter, "You'll never believe where I just came from!"  He sums up his adventure.

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A short time passes. Canyon begins a plan to attempt another trip. He has a destination in mind - and thinking back, he feels like he knows how to travel again.

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On his second dream travel, Canyon wakes up in Africa under a pale, yellow moon. He stretches his arms up, yawns and looks around. The full moon lights the land and he begins to walk. He hums the tune of the song his mom sang to him while he was falling asleep and he feels safe.

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After wandering a few hours, he arrives at a village with simple homes. There are colorful children playing, singing and dancing. A girl notices him and waves him over to invite him into the village. 

There he learns about these children. He discovers how different their village lives are from his life in the United States and he has an extraordinary experience!

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When he wakes up late in the morning at home, he is filled with wonder and lost in thought.

The story leaves the reader wondering what's going to happen next! 

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Thank you for viewing this project. This journey so far has been amazing and rewarding - and it feels like it's just the beginning.

STAY CONNECTED

Website: dreamtravelerseries.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dreamtravelerseries  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/theDTseries

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Ryan Wardlow is a student at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA. He says, "I'm your normal art student trying to learn as much as I can about the world around me. I'm pretty straight forward and try to keep myself as balanced as possible. I'm easy going and love to meet people and learn new things. I have big plans for my future and high expectations for myself." View his art at http://www.ryanwardlowart.blogspot.com/

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Dream Traveler t-shirts

A DT (Dream Traveler) organic T-shirt! It's worn by Mom in Dream Traveler Africa. Ain't it sweet! For those who love other things, there will be music designs and other DT designs available on the website.

DT shirts are rewarded at the $65 level in addition to a hardcover book, an eBook, a market bag and more!

*The first 300 books will be numbered, signed and dated.

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    Jambo: You'll receive updates on this project journey and sneak peeks into the second book of the Dream Traveler series. Thank you for your kindness! (Did you know Jambo is hello in Swahili?)

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    Hold my place: Receive an earth-kind Dream Traveler Africa bookmark, and Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Thank you!

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    Added reward! Get an eBook version of Dream Traveler Africa for iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc. Plus receive the rewards above. Thank you!

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    Kickstart my heart: Receive a first edition hardcover copy of the book, signed, dated and numbered.* Also, receive a bookmark and Updates 'n Sneak Peeks. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support!

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    Make an appearance: See your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book. Receive a hardcover, signed, dated and numbered copy of Dream Traveler Africa.* Also, enjoy an earth-kind Dream Traveler Africa bookmark, and Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support!

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    Paper or plastic? How about neither. Get a planet-kind, kindly-designed tote bag for the market. Also, receive a first edition hardcover copy of the book.* See your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book, receive a Dream Traveler Africa bookmark, and Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support!

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    Casual and Cool: Get a quality, organic t-shirt, available in 2 designs. Choose from the "I [tomato] Organic" shirt that will be seen on Canyon's mom in the book - or choose a djembe drum design. Dream Traveler Africa shirt designs will be emailed to you to choose from. Both will be available in adult and kid sizes, female and male. Wrapped in your cool new shirt will be a first edition hardcover copy of the book* and a Dream Traveler Africa bookmark. Get a market bag, see your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book, and receive Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support!

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    Original Owner: Get an original, handwritten, signed and dated page of the script. It will be similar to a page in the book (or, not so similar- depending on which rough draft edition you receive). Plus, get your first edition hardcover copy of the book* and a Dream Traveler Africa bookmark. See your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book, and receive Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support!

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    The Making Of: Along with a first edition, hardcover copy of the book,* you'll receive a limited edition, "The Making of Dream Traveler Africa". This will include images that didn't make the book, sketches, first drafts and more (like short stories). This will be autographed by the author and illustrator. Also, receive an organic t-shirt as described above and a planet-kind market tote bag. See your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book and receive a bookmark and Updates and Sneak Peeks. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for you generous contribution!

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Limited and certified: Receive 3 gallery wrapped canvas prints with the 3 most popular African illustrations. Side by side, the 14 x 14 images make a beautiful display in a child's room! Also, get "The Making of Dream Traveler Africa," a first edition hardcover copy of the book,* an organic t-shirt, market tote, bookmark, and Updates 'n Sneak Peeks. Also, see your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your generous contribution!

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    Join the journey: You and your family will be illustrated in the background in Canyon's hometown in the second book. You'll receive sketches and first drafts of the illustration you will be in. Receive a first edition, hardcover (numbered, signed and dated) copy of the book,* and also, "The Making of Dream Traveler Africa." See your name on a "Thank you to my supporters!" page in the book, and get an organic t-shirt, market tote, and Dream Traveler Africa bookmark. Plus get Updates 'n Sneak Peeks on this and future projects. Please add $10 for international shipping. Thank you for your support! Thank you for your generous contribution!

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