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The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon: A Children's Book

This book is dedicated to your inner child. It carries a loving message for you to remember your childhood dreams.

The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon: A Children's Book

This book is dedicated to your inner child. It carries a loving message for you to remember your childhood dreams.

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About

Why this book? Well, this book is for you...

...if you've ever had a dream. Of something that you wanted to do. To try. To see. To become.

...if you ever had that dream silenced or shut down. By a parent. By an ex. By society's rules. By your culture's expectations. By putting the needs and dreams of others before your own.

...if you still have that dream. Even a whisper of it, somewhere inside you.

...if you know someone with a dream who may have forgotten it. And you want to help them remember.

...if you have a child in your life who you love, perhaps a daughter, son, niece, or nephew, who you want to support and champion the dreams of.

...if you are Asian or Asian-American and want to see a younger version of you represented in a children's book. I always wanted to see someone who looked like me in a children's book. I never found one, so I made one for for us. <3

Who are you? What is this book about? I want specifics!

My name is Ivy Kwong. I am a first-generation Asian-American woman who was born in Kokomo, IN and raised in Rochester Hills, MI. I am a psychotherapist specializing in healing codependency, coach for self-healers, founder of https://www.bareivy.com/, https://www.instagram.com/bareivy/ on IG, writer https://medium.com/@bareivy, loving big sister, and proud auntie to my little 4 y/o niece and 6 y/o nephew. I have hope and faith that somehow, this book will reach those who need to hear its message: To reconnect with your childhood dreams, wonder, curiosity, creativity, and play. And to remember that it is never too late to give yourself now what you needed most then.

If you want even more details, here I am sharing the full text of the book with raw, honest, behind-the-scenes storytelling of how "The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon" came to be (just a heads up - it involves ugly crying O_O):   

 Here is what the front and back cover of the book will look like :)

"The Little Girl, The Ocean, and the Moon" (front and back cover)

What will the Simply Gilded exclusive, limited-edition washi tape look like?

I'm so glad you asked! This gorgeous washi tape will be ONLY be available with the book via this kickstarter campaign and only 1000 limited-edition print rolls will ever be made of this magical design. Irene's hand-designed washi tape is from her heart and it brought tears to my eyes when she first shared it with me. Sister love is a very special kind of love:

What will my campaign pledge go towards?

I am taking extra good care to make this book a work of art in and of itself. This is a gift that I hope to be able to share as a keepsake with my grandchildren one day. This special kickstarter first edition printing will be a beautiful, gold-foiled hardcover book with vibrant illustrations printed on high-quality 80# FSC certified paper with only vegetable and soy-based inks (no harmful chemicals!). This limited, collectible, first-edition kickstarter-only printing will have gorgeous gold foiling on the cover - no future printed editions will have this. Campaign donations will go towards covering all costs needed to help make this dream become a reality, including but not limited to: paying the book designer, illustrators, and printer for high-quality printing, covering the creation and manufacturing of additional materials (like SimplyGilded.com's exclusive washi tape specially created for this book!), additional fees, and shipping costs (which are included in every contribution!).

Is this book for kids or adults?

"The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon" is for everyone, both children and adults, AND it is especially for little girls and big, grown-up girls who are sometimes taught to stay small and quiet, to put everyone else's needs first, and to not be too much, want too much, or dream too much. Because you are not too much. You are powerful, you are worthy, you are deserving, and you are enough.

Is this book specifically for Asians and Asian-Americans?

This book is for everyone of every background, culture, ethnicity, and nationality, AND I wrote it holding Little Ivy and all little Asian and Asian-American girls close in my heart because sometimes it was hard being the little kid eating shrimp chips and chicken feet and Asian food that smelled and looked different in elementary school, and because sometimes it was hard not seeing anyone who looked like me in the children's books I read growing up. I included special details in the illustrations, like a bag of shrimp chips that the little girl packs in her backpack as she prepares to meet her elementary school friend - you can have fun looking for them and a few other "Asian Easter eggs" that are hidden throughout this book! :)

Is this book for me?

It is... and especially for your inner child. Here is the dedication page in the book:

Dedication page

This book is for anyone who may have lost any part of themselves or their dreams at any point along the way. This book is for you, to help you remember and honor all of who you are.

Because you deserve to take up space. Because your voice deserves to be heard. Because your needs deserve to be met, and your dreams deserve to be remembered and recognized.

This book is for you, to encourage you to remember your dreams, and to inspire you to make them real. Even one dream, to start with. However big or small it is, it is uniquely, beautifully, wonderfully yours.

 What will the inside of the book look like? 

I'll show you some examples of the vibrant, full-of-color-and-life illustrations that make my heart smile (and hopefully yours too!), and I'll take you on a little journey to show you how everything began, from the rough original sketches to the finished, print-ready images.

Here is the original sketch that I drew of the beginning of the story:

Original sketch

Here is the opening 2-page illustrated layout at the beginning of the book:

Finished illustration in the book
Finished illustration in the book

Here is the original sketch that I drew of the little girl telling her mother that she wants to go to the ocean to see the moon: 

Rough draft and original sketch

Here is how it will look in the actual book:

Final version in the book

Here is another original sketch of the little girl's father shooing her away:

Original sketch

And the illustrated page in the finished book:

Completed illustration in the finished book

Here is my original sketch of the little girl growing up and becoming a young woman who gets a job:

Rough first sketch

And the finished illustration in the book:

Final illustration in the book

Here is a sketch that I did of her working:

Original rough sketch

And one of the three pages in the book of the little-girl-grown-up-into-a-woman working, and working, and working some more:

Finished illustration in the book

Here is my rough sketch of the woman going to sleep and having a dream:

Original sketch
Rough sketch

And a 2-page spread in the finished book:

Final illustration
Final illustration

And for the final sneak peek, here is my original rough sketch of the very last page of the book: 

First draft of the last page
First draft of the last page

And here is what it will look like in the book. It brought tears to my eyes when I first saw it:

The Little Girl Who Wanted To Go To The Ocean To See The Moon
Last page of "The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon"

Thank you. <3  

Thank you so, so much, from all of my heart, for your caring and for your contribution to help make this very special dream come true.

 FYI - Share this campaign & get the audio book for free! 

This is a book with a message that I wish I had received when I was younger. Because I feel it is so important to have your dreams honored and supported, I am offering this story for FREE to anyone who needs this message. If you can't contribute financially to this campaign for any reason, all you have to do is share it on social media to get the audio book for free!

If you 1) share this Kickstarter campaign on any social media platform with the hashtag #littlegirlmoonbook and 2) shoot me an email at LittleGirlMoonBook@gmail.com with a screenshot or a link of where you shared it, I will send you the full audio book of "The Little Girl, The Ocean, and The Moon" when the Kickstarter ends, completely 100% free for you to download and listen to anywhere, anytime you'd like!

 Contact Me

Feel free to reach out and stay connected with me on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebareivy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BareIvy

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/BareIvy

Risks and challenges

I have been pouring my energy and love into this book for the last 16 months. Drawing, working with illustrators, finding and collaborating with book designers, researching printers, and following my heart to make sure that the finished product honors Little Ivy's dream. I promised her that I would read this book to her one day, and with your help, that day will come soon (!!!). Risks are low as I have taken great care to do all I can to make sure that everything flows smoothly if/when the campaign is fully funded. I am hoping to (ambitiously!) have all books ordered, printed, and shipped to you in December 2019, so if you are looking for a special gift to share with loved ones this holiday season (or looking to TREAT YOURSELF with a very special present for YOU and your precious inner child!), I'm feeling pretty good about meeting a pretty ambitious deadline for shipping! I will keep everyone posted on the latest and although this entire process has been a challenge (this is my first-ever children's book and project of this scale), it has been and continues to be so very, very worth it.

Thank you so much for your caring and for your support. I am deeply grateful.

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