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"Aisha looked out the window, watching the ocean curl in little waves, lapping the sandy beach outside the hotel. She wanted nothing more than to go run in the surf and sun, but instead she was helping her grandmother tend to the guest rooms.

Little Aisha followed Grandmother Chandra through the room while she smoothed the pillows, buffed the mirrors and put everything in its place. Then the furrow of her brow lifted, the corners of her smile upturned, and she said to Aisha 'Now, you can place the gift on the pillow.'

Aisha reached into the little wicker basket she carried and took out one small figurine. She turned the smooth white stone elephant carving over in her hand, asking, 'Grandmother, we provide hospitality to people from far away, so why do we give them gifts as well?'

'Oh my dearest blossom, that is a very important question, because that gift is at the heart of this great hotel. It is our blessing. The answer will take some time,' Grandmother said as she led little Aisha to the door. 'Come, one more room to prepare and then we will collect your brothers and have a story with an adventure.'"

If, like Aisha, you would like to hear this story with an adventure, please fund our project! Find out how a little girl realizes the power of following her heart to fulfill her dreams.  

The publishing of this story will be a first time collaboration between author Erica Hession and artist Lyn Bell.  It has always been a dream of Erica's to become a published author.  She hopes this children's story is the starting point to a future filled with writing. To sample Erica's writing style, visit Erica's travel blog.  

Lyn began showing his art work in New Orleans more than 25 years ago, before taking a hiatus to serve as a photojournalist in the Marine Corps and as a police officer.  He has since returned to his first love of multicultural illustration. You can see more of his work, including artwork for The White Elephant, at the Loime Studios Facebook page or on his artist's blog.   

We are trying to raise the funds to self-publish and print this story. With the $4,000.00 we are raising we will establish a website and e-book store for the story, have a first run printing of the book, and release special cards and prints of the full page illustrations. 

We thank you again for your generous support and help while we follow our hearts to achieve our dreams.  

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