Return to Ivy & Innocence ~ A Magical Story of Wonder
Discover a magical book where amazing adventures unfold taking you on a journey to find Essence of Joy in our ordinary & special lives.
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This storybook is not an ordinary book. Inside its pages are secrets. The hidden keys to a positive outlook on life.
The book aims to open the eyes of the reader to a new perspective on life and is highly recommended if you want to gift optimism to your child, family and friends.
These captivating adventures depict a community of whimsical folk living a traditional lifestyle that unite to defeat various life challenges. They are inhabitants of an imaginary village of cottages, Ivy dwellers so-to-speak, from a special place in time called Ivy & Innocence.
The Storybook Begins
The watery bells clang!
After a deluge of storms drenched the quiet village, the Wandering Brook had become a soggy issue. Crack the cover and read how the hamlet bands together to build a bridge over the Wandering Brook, a small tributary meandering across the meadow.
During a storm, its girth expanded, gobbling up the school children's homework as they ventured to school, not to mention, the numerous water logged shoes or the wheels of Ivy's push carts getting stuck in the mud, spilling the fish over the walkways.
Oh, how the scampi and periwinkle rejoiced as they returned to their tide pools, happy as clams. The fish, however, flopped about. The folks managed to retrieve them while the children enjoyed finding the winkles hiding in the rocks. Finally, it was unanimous to construct a bridge. Not just any bridge, but one with a center haven with windows and flower boxes.
Some say this was how the first toll booth came into existence and is the debate over at the barbershop should you need a trim. But, pick your Barney wisely or one side of your mutton chops may end up shorter than the other.
When Nanna Colleen decided to move to Ivy, oh, the hallabaloo that stirred up with the possible suitors scurrying about to win her favor. But that is the next chapter full of magic with a "leanbh" and her enchanted castle puffing out tendrils of smoke.
The Priceless Magic of Ivy
In schools today, children are expanding their education with facts and figures in the classrooms, but...
We also need to teach our children to have a constructive outlook on life. This important attribute is currently being studied by experts documenting the irrefutable impact it has on people and those around them.
Scientific research shows positive children have an advantage in life. Optimistic children become productive adults, receptive people that invent, explore and achieve a meaningful life. Youngsters with this mindset learn to face challenges and find ways to overcome them, striving to make our world a better place.
The storybook awakens life’s wonderment to inspire every reader, young or old, nurturing the principles that translate into an optimistic view toward life.
- Jeanne, an Ivy collector shared ~
"I went into the Hallmark store here to buy a few cards. After they showed me Ivy & Innocence, I had to have it! I bought every piece they had in the store but the Towering Cottage because they were out of that one."
Ivy & Innocence premiered at the Atlanta gift trade show in 1997 along with the charming stories that accompanied them. As the magical town progressed, the stories expanded and a neighboring seaside village called Ivy Cove was introduced.
However, just as the line was gaining momentum, a curve-ball altered my course and I had to step back. Family became my top priority but the demand for Ivy remained strong.
As my boys enter college, I feel the urge to realign my life to my passion, thus I reopened my water-damaged studio to dip my brushes into paint to start anew.
The storybook opens a new chapter in my life and I wish to astonish you with wonderment, creating a keepsake work of art. A graphic novel to pass to your grandchildren and future generations.
If pledges reach higher, I wish to make it available in various formats, integrating modern technology with the traditional lifestyle to entice future generations.
I can develop a mobile app to create a hands-on experience, interacting on our modern devices. Imagine exploring Ivy digitally to awaken our innate sense of adventure.
Raise the billows! Hoist full sail in an interactive adventure. Swipe and the tire swing sways. Tap and the fish will jump hither and fro!
We love stories that take us on an adventure. We tell our children stories not only to amuse them but to stimulate their imagination.
Children need invigorating tales for their minds to grow. The television, the internet, movies and games all impact our young. This stimulus, good or bad, persuades their character into developing a mirror-like attitude. What is put in front of our children in their formative years will shape their character in the years to come.
What great care, then, is needed to choose books which suggest the right ideals. Stories which motivate our young to make the right choices in life. Tales that inspire them to do great deeds!
The Return to Ivy & Innocence is a storybook that not only suggests, motivates and inspires but reveals how to stimulate a positive outlook!
Fostering a positive outlook, especially in our young, is priceless.
The Return to Ivy & Innocence Storybook not only reinforces these values through uplifting tales, but extends the storybook experience one step further by allowing you to bring Ivy's cottages and characters into your home.
You can create your own village with a sense of purpose and direction.
A magical world filled with your own stories to share with your children and they with you, enriching your family in spirit, imagination, aspirations and love.
This is the magic of Ivy.
The neighboring Cove is a bit robust, sporting a rugged look and lifestyle. But, as part of Ivy's family, these nautical folks have the same values even with the salty blood surging through their veins.
As an artist, I strive to connect with my audience and capture the things in life that matter most, focusing on the elements that shape a positive outlook to develop inner strength.
With each pledge, you are supporting the values we need to cultivate in our young.
Let's make our world into a magical place. Share its wonder with others. Encourage our children to dream. Let's put inspiration and hope into our lives. It is the first step toward a future full of endless possibilities.
Ivy Donates To A Wonderful Cause
A portion of your pledge will benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital!
Private support has allowed UI Children’s Hospital to offer programs that enhance the emotional well-being of patients and their families, purchase advanced medical technology to better diagnose or treat childhood conditions, and seek more knowledge about childhood disorders through medical research.
With the UI Children’s Hospital affiliation, your pledge can offer patients a special adventure expanding their imagination by strolling down Ivy's cobblestone byways into a magical world to encourage recovery.
The storybook's homespun tales will not only plant the seed of optimism in the young patients, but stir up wonderful memories of yesterday for family members and their young-at-heart visitors.
In the Ivy & Innocence tradition of excellence, the book will be a beautifully constructed, high quality keepsake. A graphic novel filled with illustrated adventures.
Title: The Return to Ivy & Innocence Storybook - featuring the Wandering Brook Bridge and More Captivating Ivy Tales
Author/Writing Collaborator: Susan Reader & Tracy Comstock
Illustrator: Susan Reader
Cover Format: 7" x 9" Hardcover
Pages: 32+ pages
Type: Juvenile Fiction
Ages: All Ages
Estimated Publication Date: April 2016
- Creative Development of the Storybook
- Professional Editing, Book Layout and Design
- ISBN Number and Barcode
- Legal Services / Fees – Copyright, Trademark and Registration
- Production / Printing
- Arrangement of Shipping Transportation / Packaging Materials
- Warehouse & Fulfillment
- Kickstarter / Amazon Fees (8% - 10%)
- Audio Soundtrack
- Additional Reward Costs - Prints, Dustcover, Bookplates, Note Cards, Envelopes, Totes, T-shirts, Blanket, etc.
The Reward Tiers!
- Click the photo below to open a flipbook to browse the tiers in a visual presentation of the rewards.
- Tier #1 (Pledge $10 or more)
The eBook Version: The digital "Return to Ivy" Storybook available in a .mobi, .epub, and .pdf format. Sharing is a good thing spreading smiles along the way!
Tier #2 (Pledge $25 or more)
Receive the digital eBook + Ivy's Exclusive Storybook - full-color illustrations and images for maximum charm and inspiration.
Tier #3 (Pledge $35 or more)
Receive the eBook + Ivy's Exclusive Storybook + One fine 7x5" Limited Art Print, frame-ready artwork from the storybook.
Tier #4 (Pledge $50 or more)
Receive eBook + Ivy's Exclusive Storybook + TWO fine 7x5" Limited Art Prints - Frame-ready Artwork from the storybook + a Dedicated Bookplate designed for this project!
Tier #5 (Pledge $75 or more)
Receive eBook + Ivy's Exclusive Storybook + THREE fine 7x5" Limited Art Prints - Frame-ready artwork from the storybook + a SIGNED bookplate designed especially for this project!
Tier #6 (Pledge $100 or more) ~ Double the FUN!
Receive the eBook + TWO Storybooks + FOUR 7x5" Prints (Frame-ready artwork from the storybook) + TWO Dedicated Bookplates designed for this project!
One for you to treasure and one to GIFT a family member or friend!
Tier #7 (Pledge $150 or more)
Receive the eBook + Exclusive HARDCOVER Storybook WITH Dust Cover + Set of Fine 7x5" Prints (Frame-ready Illustrations) + SIGNED Dedicated Bookplate + 10x8" Limited Print available to Kickstarter Supporters Only!
Tier #8 (Pledge $200 or more)
- TOTE Tier
Receive the eBook + Exclusive HARDCOVER Storybook WITH Dust Cover + Set of Fine 7x5" Prints (Frame-ready Illustrations) + Dedicated Bookplate + 10x8" Limited Print available to Kickstarter Supporters Only + "Return to Ivy" Tote!
Tier #9 (Pledge $350 or more)
- BLANKET Tier
Receive everything in Tier #8 (shown above): the eBook + Storybook with Dust Cover + Set of three 7x5" Prints + Dedicated Bookplate + 10x8" Limited Print + Ivy Tote... PLUS the special Ivy & Innocence Throw Blanket!
Depicting a high quality illustration from the storybook, the wonderful image appears clear and bright on the soft fleece (measuring 60 x 80) making it the perfect accompaniment for your bed or sofa, as a special picnic blanket or wall tapestry. (Don't forget, they make wonderful gifts too!)
Choose your favorite illustrations at the end of the event.
- Tier #10 (Pledge $400 or more)
- The SIGNED Tier
Everything from Tier #9 (above) but SIGNED!
Receive the eBook + a SIGNED Storybook with Dust Cover + SIGNED Set of three 7x5" Prints + SIGNED Dedicated Bookplate + 10x8" SIGNED Limited Print + SIGNED Ivy Tote... PLUS the soft Ivy Blanket Throw.
Tier #11 (Pledge $600 or more)
- DOUBLED Tier
Everything in Tier #9 (shown above) only doubled!
Receive the eBook + TWO Storybooks with Dust Covers + TWO Sets of three 7x5" Prints + TWO Dedicated Bookplates + TWO 10x8" Limited Prints... TWO Totes AND TWO Ivy & Innocence Throws!
One to cherish and another to gift a child, family member or friend.
Tier #12 (Pledge $800 or more)
- TOWERING COTTAGE Tier
Everything in Tier #10 (shown above) PLUS the first ever, Award-Nominated Ivy & Innocence Introduction - "The Towering Cottage" along with the three accessory pieces shown here:
Rewarded here are the first pieces developed in the Ivy & Innocence line. The nominated Cottage-of-the-Year Rarity is back-stamped 1996 "Reader Inc', predating the public released items in 1997. These rare pieces are only available through the artist's private collection. The signed set includes: The Towering Cottage, Annabelle & Theodore, Stone Fence and Flowering Cart.
Tier #13 (Pledge $1000 or more)
Receive everything in tier #12 PLUS an ORIGINAL Brick Village Grouping - The Brick Village is the solid foundation from which Ivy & Innocence was born. Each is highly unique due to the bricks themselves! Rewarded in this level with two buildings and two accessory pieces.
Tier #14 (Pledge $1500 or more)
Receive everything in Tier #13 PLUS an additional print chosen from the storybook illustrations PLUS an ORIGINAL Ivy character will be drawn inside your storybook making your storybook into a rare, one-of-a-kind, Original Work of Art!
Tier #15 (Pledge $2000 or more) -
THE PERSONALIZED CHARACTER Tier
Receive everything in tier #14 with a Personalized BONUS!
The ORIGINAL character DRAWN inside your storybook will be sketched from an image you supply - a special work of art resembling an individual from your digital picture AND this personal character will be INCLUDED in the Ivy & Innocence Storyline!
- Premium BONUS - Your special character will be developed into an Actual Figurine once the village of Ivy & Innocence is ready to expand!
Stretch Goals & Add-ons
If pledges extend beyond the minimum, every effort will be applied to making your adventure with Ivy & Innocence even better. As stretch goals are unlock, additional items will be created, introduced and offered, improving the storybook experience for everyone!
I plan to create the best storybook I can with wonderful extras tucked into the pages, EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter add-ons and special offers.
The higher the pledges, wonderful BONUS things happen, such as:
- ALL Storybooks will have Lay-flat pages with a removable Dust Cover for added protection
- Bonus Prints (Any tier with the 'print set' will get additional prints)
- Add-on: Ivy T-Shirt (photo above) - Will request size at the end of the campaign (*once stretch goal is unlocked)
- Extended Storyline with an Ivy Cove Swashbuckling Adventure!
- Map Foldout of Ivy (an extra-long folded in piece of art in every book) - Trailing all the way to Ivy Cove!
- Small Pocket to hold an Ivy Wish List Guide of Existing Cottages & Figurines to collect and track
- Audio Version of the Ivy Storybook (narrated by yours truly)
- Interactive Digital Storybook
- And MORE!!
Who loves Ivy & Innocence?
Many people, but don't take my word for it.
- Stated by Patti ~ Owner of Fern Hill in South Amana, IA ~
"Ivy and Innocence will always have a special place in my heart since we have seen it born and been a part of its journey. You are so talented and I am so glad that such a great touch of gentleness will be available to folks again that so appreciate the beauty of that special innocence that is a part of your work."
- Reported Rick Bunyard of Chezem's from Albuquerque, NM ~
"Our first order sold out in just 3 days. I can't get it fast enough!
- A Lovely letter from Naomi Sandlin in Big Stone City, SD ~
"Can you believe it took 69 years for my wish to come true? Who says only "little" girls make wishes? I've seen all my friends, my daughter and granddaughter collect many things, but never have I desired to own a collection until I was transfixed by "Ivy & Innocence." I became a good "Friend" immediately! Today I purchased the "Making Wishes Come True" wishing well as well as several other pieces, so my wish for a collection that would reflect my personality, fulfill my nostalgic mood and warm my heart has finally become a reality. I shall treasure adding pieces as long as I live and gratefully leave them to my granddaughter, Rebekah.
Is this book for you?
- If you like enchanted places with whimsical cottages and entertaining characters, you'll like it.
- If you want to create a world full of fun and adventure, building inner strength and fostering hope, you'll love Ivy.
- If you want your child to have an optimistic outlook to pursue their dreams and have a fulfilling future, then Ivy is for you.
- If you have dreamed of your own doll house or train village, you'll love Ivy because you can create your own miniature world.
The storybook is for anyone looking for an adventurous place to become passionately alive in a world that responds in beautiful ways.
My goal is to inspire the lives of children, parents, teachers and adults to set sail with wondrous adventures in life.
The storybook will inspire you to find joy in your life journey. Share it with your friends, your family, and your children. Put a sparkle into their eyes and, I promise, your eyes will twinkle too!
Any pledge brings us a step closer to our goal. Help us make a storybook that ignites an exciting wave of optimism by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.
This unique storybook encourages an uplifting view to shape a promising future. Let’s find the joy in our amazing world and help the UI Children’s Hospital along the way.
I am so glad we are on this journey together.
Thank you so very much for being so positively awesome!
*Special thanks to Andy @ Video Center for an outstanding video and to Christina and Lily for their wonderful moments.
Risks and challenges
Working as a full-time professional cover book artist, I am very familiar with layout and deadlines. I know there may be unforeseen challenges with printing or shipping delays. If this happens, I will let you know immediately and will do everything I can to keep things moving forward and inform you every step of the way.
I am dedicated to creating an exceptional storybook. No book will be shipped before I am sure you will be proud to own it, read it and share it with your family as part of your prized collection.
All artwork and Images associated with Ivy & Innocence are © Susan ReaderLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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