About this project
WE REACHED GOAL, THANK YOU! BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T JOIN MYLO'S TEAM! ALL PLEDGES GO TO MASCOT BOOKS & KICKSTARTER.
America's Children Are Listening!
Angry voices, negativity, shouting, even bullying. Turn on your television or go online today and that is likely all you'll find.
Is this what you want you children to learn about America? Sadly, a whole generation could be at risk!
Mylo Is The Remedy!
Mylo is a smart, inquisitive and physically active young panda bear from the Bamboo Forest in China. He is full of optimism and excitement in meeting new people, learning about new cultures and traveling to new places. He is an international traveler, who wants to see the entire world, especially the land of the free and home of the brave.
Mylo comes from the Ying and Yang panda family who represent honor, dignity and peace. His charm and charisma make anyone he meets an instant friend.
Best of all, in this age of arguing, anger, and bullying, Mylo is the perfect remedy for our children. Mylo listens and learns and cares about everyone he meets. Mylo just wants to learn about America, and we really get to see the best of America through his eyes.
In our story, written by author and award winning broadcaster Jim Heath, Mylo lands in Washington, DC and is given a tour of our nations capitol by Sandy the Eagle. After learning about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, and even the game of baseball, Mylo quickly learns about some of the many people and events that have made America awesome.
Mylo's Travels is illustrated by the talented artist Walter Policelli. He worked for weeks to get our traveling panda just right!
There are thousands of panda sketches online, but we hope you'll agree that Mylo is one of the coolest pandas you'll ever see!
Walter has over twenty years illustrating and that experience shows in his work.
STOP THE ANGER!
It's a fact that kids tend to take on their parents’ worries. In 2017, according to child psychiatrists, we have seen an alarming uptick in anxiety. Politicians, and their vocal supporters on both sides, are hurling heated rhetoric across the aisle, all of which is fueling worry.
"As an educator, a book like this is so important, particularly because of today's climate of people being so negative," said Mallory Heath, now in her fifth year as a public school teacher. "A book like Mylo's Travels, that introduces why children should love our country, is going to be tremendously impactful for those children."
In today’s political universe, it’s more important than ever for parents to be good role models and offer positive experiences for their children. That means that values like kindness, patience, respect for others, taking turns and sharing should be developed early and demonstrated often.
"I don't think that there are any other books that are out there that are like this one," added Mallory. "Particularly because it will be geared towards younger children, to give them that love before they get to that point where there's so much negativity. If they already have that love instilled in them, then they can deflect a lot of the negativity that they hear."
Mylo will help unite us and not divide us!
Only YOU Can Bring Mylo To Life!
For Mylo to become a reality, all of us have to rally behind him in this Kickstarter campaign.
"A lot of people may have never heard of Kickstarter, and how we can all join together to bring Mylo to life," said Doris Heath. "It’s so easy, someone in their 80’s can do it!"
Kickstarter is all about crowd sharing. That means authors and journalists can put their ideas online. If we like them, we can all make a contribution to bring them to life.
Here’s what you do:
- If you haven’t already, create a Kickstarter account. This takes just a minute.
- Go to Mylo’s Travels and click the green “Back This Project” button on the campaign page.
- From there, you can scroll down to select a reward tier - there’s a gift from Mylo at varous levels.
- After you’ve selected your reward tier, you’ll be prompted to enter in your payment information.
- Finally, click the “Pledge" button and you’ll be all set!
- You will receive a confirmation email shortly after completing your pledge.
While our Kickstarter goal has been met, the actual total cost owed to Mascot Books is $5,950. Which means ALL proceeds go directly to Mascot Books which will illustrate, publish and distribute the book!
"Mylo is exactly what we need right now for our children and grandchildren," says Doris. "I hope you’ll be part of Mylo’s team and help make him a reality!"
A Patriotic Book For Everyone!
If you live in or around Washington, D.C. you will love having Mylo in your area! Imagine giving a book to your child around the holidays that incorporates some familiar sights. Or, say you're a congressional representative that would like a book to hand out to constituents back home. We hope those living and working around our nations capitol will adopt Mylo and spread the word.
If you don't live near Washington, D.C. your child is still going to love learning about all the amazing things to see and do in our nations capitol! This is a patriotic book that perhaps will spark in your kids a lifelong interest in American history. If Mylo can make it here, perhaps he will be traveling to your state soon!
So turn off all the shouting and anger and pick up this book! Mylo's travels into the best of America are just beginning!
Risks and challenges
Mylo's first travel adventure to Washington, D.C. is written and is currently being illustrated by artist Walter Policelli. In order for us to make our November deadline, we must raise the necessary funds this month.
Our goal is to have your book to you by the end of October, and be available for purchase in bookstores and museums across the metro Washington, D.C. area by November 1st. In addition, the book will be available online at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart and at various airports across the country.
Preordering the book now will provide the necessary funds to get Mylo's first adventure published and distributed in time for the holidays!
ALL proceeds go to Mascot Books for the publishing, illustrating and distributing Mylo's Travels!
In addition to a heavy presence in the D.C. area, we believe Mylo is sure to be a patriotic hit all around the country. His success here will guarantee he has other travel adventures in the future!
"Please be part of my team! I look forward to meeting you soon!" --MyloLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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