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Farmer Dreams is a book that teaches children (and adults alike) how to seek their inner poetry and self love during life's dry spells.
Farmer Dreams is a book that teaches children (and adults alike) how to seek their inner poetry and self love during life's dry spells.
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Magical night in the fields, out beneath the full moon's light
Magical night in the fields, out beneath the full moon's light

Text from Pages 11 and 12

Meanwhile out in the thirsty fields, beneath the full moon's light, Mother Nature sent her breeze, to cool the farm that night.

As the crops soon felt, this gift she sent, 'twas the cooling of the day, they found their meditative groove, and they slowly began to sway.

'Cause the breeze from Mother Nature's lungs, it's tailor made for plants, you know that groovy inner feeling, you feel before you dance?

Same with plants, they're beings TOO, from their heads down to their shoots. They grow and go and dream their dreams and ground themselves with roots.

Pages 13 and 14

So like a chorus line and a choir of glee, the beans began singing with the sycamore trees. 

And with a ruckus so grand from the tunes they'd made, the peas puckered up to the point they prayed.

When-in-a-farm-fresh-frenzy with their husk teased out, the pretty corn  they danced all night, to end the summer's drought.

Then the gallivanting cat that rarely made it past the stoop, was now dancing with the chickens near the chicken wire coop.

And the heard of nervous cattle normally calm within their daze, were now mooing with their bull for some greener grass to graze.

Pages 15 and 16

Fretting more than ever on her walk the next morn' Franny couldn't help but notice all the silk from corn,

Nor the strings from the beans or the pods now missing peas or the shiny summer leaves from the sycamore trees.

"What a mess!" Franny said as she roamed the fields beyond, walking along the fence toward the skinny-dipping pond.

So the little farm that danced for rain had scattered her some clues, but all she saw was rainless night and the drought beneath her shoes.

Pages 17 and 18

Well the noon soon bloomed, like on many days before, with the farm looking weaker and the rain-chance poor.

Franny felt discouraged as she went about her day, madder than the dickens at the fickle summer ways.

With her land so parched that the crops couldn’t grow, With all hope placed in farmer dreams, now dying row-by-row.

So for all afternoon and for hours on end, Franny couldn’t pray and she wasn’t feeling Zen.

She wanted to sit, meditate, and pray, but her mind wouldn’t have it she had lost her way.

She was angry. She was tired and so very full of fear, 'Cause what would she do with no crop this year?

No food in the pantry, no grain in the barn, no feed for the chickens, darn, darn, darn.

 BOOK BLURB

Farmer Dreams is a colorful teaching tale of Franny Dempsey, a organic farmer gal in the Deep South, who is struggling to keep the faith during a long summer's drought. 

After much fuss and worry over what she fears might happen if the water runs out, Franny turns toward her dreams one fateful night and discovers the inner poetry and self love she never knew she had. She gets back the Hope she lost and quickly learns how she is connected to every living being on the farm through the great love she feels deep inside. 

If you ever wanted to learn the art of meditation, OR you've dreamed of coming to a place in your life where you can calm yourself down and find hope in the face of adversity, OR, if you simply want to pass this brand of love and peace onto a child in your life (even if it's your Inner Child) then Farmer Dreams in the book for YOU!!!!

Suggested AGE GROUP - Kids 1 to 111

Enjoy!!!

 Here is a bit of the STORY BOARD PROCESS

Once the narrative rhyme is done, I draw a very rough sketch (don't laugh) of each scene I have envisioned. I keep these mock ups in a handmade book, with me at all times so I can take notes and adjust before sending it to Terri.
Once the narrative rhyme is done, I draw a very rough sketch (don't laugh) of each scene I have envisioned. I keep these mock ups in a handmade book, with me at all times so I can take notes and adjust before sending it to Terri.
Then, Terri Kelleher works her magic, and I mean MAGIC. When I get these spec drawings back, I usually cry, because I cannot believe how wonderful they always turn out.
Then, Terri Kelleher works her magic, and I mean MAGIC. When I get these spec drawings back, I usually cry, because I cannot believe how wonderful they always turn out.
Now for color, which means Terri created an 11X17 watercolor of each layout. Notice the lake? This was a miscommunication in the narrative process, where the rhyme had a pond, but the book needed to be dry, like a farm in drought.
Now for color, which means Terri created an 11X17 watercolor of each layout. Notice the lake? This was a miscommunication in the narrative process, where the rhyme had a pond, but the book needed to be dry, like a farm in drought.
These are all originals, so we had to LIFT the water out digitally, but I love how the original art has a water filled pond, which is the "farmer's dream" -- must have been a fruitful mishap to create our want (water), and not the drought we fear!!!!
These are all originals, so we had to LIFT the water out digitally, but I love how the original art has a water filled pond, which is the "farmer's dream" -- must have been a fruitful mishap to create our want (water), and not the drought we fear!!!!

Howdy Farmers, 

Check out the FARM REPORT, and PICK the perfect pledge REWARD!!! 

We have had some fun with the illustrations, using a few of them as the template for our reward section. 

Have fun with all this, and enjoy the FARM !!!

DREAM SEQUENCE Desktop Background PDF and Farmer Dreams E-BOOK (see reward images below)

Get the DREAM SEQUENCE desktop background PDF with $5 pledges or higher
Get the DREAM SEQUENCE desktop background PDF with $5 pledges or higher
Get the FRANNY DANCE BOOKMARK with $35 pledges or higher
Get the FRANNY DANCE BOOKMARK with $35 pledges or higher
Get the Seeded Plantable Paper RAIN DROP with pledges of $65 and higher
Get the Seeded Plantable Paper RAIN DROP with pledges of $65 and higher

A note from Author Roland Wise

Here's an example of the layout process
Here's an example of the layout process

Howdy there folks, 

This picture book teaches children (and adults alike) the tremendous power held within the smallest of dreams, or in the case of the mustard greens, the smallest of seeds.

As this book matures into the love I always hoped it would represent, I am connecting with what it means to have (and grow) my own writerly dreams and I am struck with the outpouring of love I'm receiving regarding this project.WOW! I am so appreciative of all the kind words, they are such reminders of how many amazing folks I am blessed to know and have in my life. 

I believe with all my heart we each hold a dear, sweet, world changing truth somewhere inside. And perhaps this truth is like the mustard, planted in the deepest parts of our very own special brand of potential, but its there nonetheless, if I don't know anything, I do know that, and it seems this seed cracks open to grow under the pressure of our commitment to being   conscious, which is what I seek for myself, and hope for each of you. 

With so much love, 

Roland

Side Bar:

The manuscript, by Roland Wise, is written in a super, fun rhyming manner, which comes alive as you read along, discovering the vivid details of the watercolor illustrations by Terri Kelleher. 

Risks and challenges

WOW, what a trip this project has been. There are several challenges to publishing a children's book. And while none of these obstacles are deal breakers, they are natural to the publishing world, and sort of par for the course.

Book quality is a big one. We want to make sure we have the best printer, and the book is of high quality. Samples have come from several printing companies, and we have chosen the best product in both color and book construction.

Another major part of this project was the layout and design phase. We did all that prior to any of the sketches, and certainly well before any of the watercolors, because we wanted to make sure everything fit perfectly, and there were no surprises.

The story board process was amazing (see one example above) as it really made the book start coming alive, even though I draw a pretty skinny stick farmer version, it helps me further design the set, much like you would think a movie is made, making sure trees on the farm don't hang too low and get in the way of text, and things like that.

With Layout pretty much done, when this project funds, we will go to press almost immediately. So the books should ship pretty soon after. We might have to let them "cool down" a bit - haha - but the hope is to get them shipped mid December.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I love to talk shop!!!

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    Pick >> THE POLE BEANS PLEDGE and you'll receive our most sincere love and appreciation, as we believe the smallest gifts are like seeds, and as they individually grow, they contain as great an amount of love as any other gift that might sprout along our path. With that said, we will gladly acknowledge your loving gesture with a big SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU on our Farmer Dreams Facebook Page.

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    Pick >> THE PEA PODS PLEDGE and you'll get the loving thank you from the reward above, PLUS, we will email you our super cool Dream Sequence Vortex Card, a desktop background PDF created especially for our generous Kickstarter folks, LIKE YOU, made by using the books original watercolor illustration art and the Dream Sequence Text. This reward makes for a very inspiring on screen reminder to always follow your heart, and chase your dreams.

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    Pick >> THE FARMER DREAMS PLEDGE and you'll get all the wonderful rewards mentioned above, including the super cool E-BOOK and Dream Sequence Vortex Card, PLUS you will receive a hard copy of the fully illustrated, first edition children's picture book, FARMER DREAMS. What a great reward, and a great way to support this project and get your very own special book.

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    Pick >> THE FRANNY DANCE PLEDGE and you'll get all the rewards above, including our sincere THANK YOU on the Farmer Dreams Facebook page, the Dream Sequence Vortex Card, our super wonderful E-book, PLUS your copy of Farmer Dreams will be signed by the author, with lots of LOVE, PLUS you will receive a very special bookmark (see image in reward section) created from the original watercolor art depicting the FRANNY DANCE and including a bit of the rhyming text, which makes for another great keepsake made with love because of the gratitude we feel for your generosity.

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    Pick >> THE RAINDROP SEED PLEDGE and you'll receive all the wonderful rewards above, PLUS ONE additional signed copy of Farmer Dreams (that makes two total) PLUS each book contains a paper RAINDROP cut from seeded paper so kids can plant them and practice their organic gardening skills and learn how to care for something and help it grow. You can keep one, and give one as a gift!!!!!

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    Pick >> THE GALAVANTING CAT PLEDGE and you will get our loving thanks, the electronic package with VORTEX pdf and E-BOOK, PLUS your particular signed copy of Farmer Dreams will be personalized by the Author, wherein he uses (name of your choice) your name to create a super cool Rhyme Stanza Keepsake to be handwritten in the back of the book. The author likes to rhyme his words and send them out with LOVE, so if you want your name in POEM, please click the link above. And since we know collectors want, their things to stay pristine, we'll add a 2nd book to read without the rhyming scheme

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    Pick >> THE MOO COW PLEDGE and you will get a super deal, 5 signed books, with the RAINDROP seeds, and the FRANNY DANCE BOOKMARK in each book, plus the electronic package, the PDF Dream Sequence VORTEX PDF, and E-book version of FARMER DREAMS. This is the perfect reward for the farmer who wants to keep a book for themselves and give away the the other 4.

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    Pick >> THE FROWNY BROWN BULL PLEDGE and you will get a super deal, 10 signed books, with the RAINDROP seeds, and the FRANNY DANCE BOOKMARK in each book, plus the electronic package, the PDF Dream Sequence VORTEX PDF, and E-book version of FARMER DREAMS. This is the perfect reward for the parents wanting to pool their resources and buy in bulk for an entire neighborhood.

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    Pick >> THE BAND OF SWEATY CHICKENS PLEDGE and you will get a super Deal, 25 signed books, with the RAINDROP seeds, and the FRANNY DANCE BOOKMARK in each book, plus we will email you the electronic package -- the PDF Dream Sequence VORTEX PDF, and E-book version of FARMER DREAMS. This is the perfect reward for the farmer with many a folk on their list.

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    Pick >> THE ILLUSTRATOR'S ART PLEDGE you'll get all the rewards above, PLUS additional signed copies of Farmer Dreams, for a total of 30 books (great for small scale donation project) PLUS illustrator Terri Kelleher is creating only 10 LIMITED EDITION Farmer Dreams watercolor illustrations, each unique to YOU or your kid. This 8x10 original keepsake will be great for kids to frame, hang on their walls, reminding them before bedtime to DREAM BIG like their new friend Franny the Farmer does in the pages of the book. This is a limited reward, so get yours today.

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    Pick >> THE AUTHOR VISIT PLEDGE and you get all the rewards above, PLUS additional signed copies of Farmer Dreams, for a total of 100 books. The author will do a reading at your kids school and bring books for your child's class (unto 50 kids) and then the 50 additional books will be donated to an organization of your choice. This is a great way to spread the love and give back to your children's school and your community. Travel expenses additional.

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    Pick >> THE HARVEST MOON PLEDGE and we will donate 250 books to any organization you choose, or a combination of them. Illustrator Terri Kelleher will also create a one of a kind 11x17 Farmer Dreams Original watercolor art piece as an appreciation of your kindness and generosity. You will also get a personal thank you package including the GALAVANTING CAT reward level above. This reward also includes an author school visit, travel may be additional.

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