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A children's book based on a Christmas tradition.
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A pickle seems like the last ornament anyone would want on a Christmas tree. But, many American families do. How did the tradition begin? The Legend of the Christmas Pickle explains it all.

Santa narrates The Legend of the Christmas Pickle. He realizes one family does not appreciate the sentimental value held by each ornament on a family’s Christmas tree. He acts to inspire them to reflect on the stories behind the ornaments the family has collected over the years.

The Legend of the Christmas Tree comes to life through warm and welcoming traditional illustrations by Valentina Jaskina.  View her portfolio at:  http://astound.us/oublishing/artists/valentina-jaskina 

This will be my 23rd book. Previous titles have received NAPPA Gold, Eureka Silver, the Social Studies Book of the Year award, and the Charlie May Simon award finalist.

YOU can be part of this process and help get this book into the hands of children. Another way to help is by tweeting and posting on Facebook to let your friends know about the project. Check out the STRETCH GOALS below!  Be sure to use  #christmaspicklebook


 Author:  

Michael Shoulders has a doctoral degree in education and is a retired elementary teacher/administrator. He's the author of 23 books and visits approximately 75 schools a year conducting Author Visits and spreading the word that "Reading IS Magic." Visit Mike at  michaelshoulders.com


 Illustrator:  

Valentina Jaskina draws her inspiration from the world of children and teens. She studied classical drawing, painting and graphic design at Novosibirsk Art College. Sample her work at:  http://astound.us/publishing/artists/valentina-jaskina 


S T R E T C H  G O A L:  

If our campaign reaches $10,000, in addition to the support rewards promised on the right side of this page, each contributor at $25 or more will receive a set of 5 postcards and an autographed poster of the cover of the book. 


SUPER  SCHOOL  GOAL:

An author visit with students connects them to books in profound ways. During author visits, I explain exactly how books are conceived, written, and published. I include all the steps in the writing process. If your school is contemplating an author visit, I’ll provide that service at NO CHARGE to the school as long as 60 orders are made at the $25 level. 

Non-Tennessee schools will pay travel expenses only, but no speaker's fee. The shipping address must be the school’s location. It’s a win-win-win because:

  •  your school works to get a great book published 
  •  families receive an autographed copy
  •  a school receives a free author visit with 3 student assemblies and a "Lunch with the Author" for selected students.

I’ll deliver the books to the students on the day of the author visit. A December date would be perfect as The Legend of the Christmas Pickle ties in so well to the holiday season. 


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The story has been written and rewritten many times. That's what real authors do! The editor who has agreed to take on the job of seeing the book through production is an award-winning editor. She edited my book, D is for Drum. It won the Social Studies Book of the Year Award from "Learning Magazine." See the award above in the description.

Once we've hit our goal, the illustrator will begin work immediately on completing the pages for the book. Illustrations should take three months to finish and the book will be ready for printing by late summer. The aim is to have books in the mail by the first week of November.

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    Books begin with IDEAS

    My sincere gratitude for believing in my work and the satisfaction of knowing YOU are helping put a quality holiday book into the hands of children. You'll receive an email notification when the book is available for purchase from michaelshoulders.com.

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    Research the Topic

    In addition to email notification of the book's publication, you'll receive an autographed paperback copy of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle.

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    Writing a Rough Draft

    In addition to email notification of the book's publication, you'll receive an autographed HARDCOVER copy of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle.

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    Rewriting the manuscript multiple times

    In addition to email notification, you'll receive TWO autographed paperback copies of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle (one to keep and one to give to a friend). You'll also receive TWO Christmas pickle ornaments (one for your tree and one for your friend's).

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    Submitting to an Editor

    In addition to email notification, you'll receive TWO autographed HARDCOVER copies of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle (one to keep and one to give to a friend), TWO Christmas Pickle ornaments (one for your tree and one for your friend's), and a 30 minute SKYPE Author Visit session to a classroom to discuss the research and writing of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle.

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    In addition to email notification, you'll receive FIVE autographed paperback copies of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle, FIVE Christmas Pickle ornaments, a SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT session for a classroom to discuss the research and writing of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle, AND...a name listed on the dedication page of the book.

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    Editor Requested Revisions

    In addition to email notification, you'll receive FIVE autographed HARDCOVER copies of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle, FIVE Christmas Pickle ornaments, and a SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT session for a classroom to discuss the research and writing of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle, AND...a name listed on the dedication page of the book.

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    School Visit by a "Real-Live Author"

    This reward is for an "Author Visit" to your school. This reward includes: 100% of speaker's fee, travel expense (up to $500), four student assemblies during the school day, and an optional "Lunch with the Author" for selected students. Your school will also receive a set of 20 HARDCOVER copies of The Legend of the Christmas Pickle. The books will be delivered to the school on the day of the "Author Visit." Since the book has a strong Christmas tie-in, this offer is good for December 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, 2019.

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