About this project
Imagine a hardcover book, app, game, music lesson and song that is designed to help you teach your child the positive power of gratitude!
"Thank You For Giving Us..." is a musical book and multimedia project that teaches kids, from a very young age, about the positive power of gratitude. It comes in the form of an enhanced e-book for iPod, iPhone & iPad, hardcover book, song and tour.
Whenever we get frustrated, either as individuals or as a family, gratitude helps bring us into the present moment. Saying and singing "Thank You" helps calm us down and celebrate life, especially when the waters of life get rocky. We want our daughter, Louise, and other children everywhere, to have a navigation tool like gratitude from the start, a tool that will help bring them into the present moment as they fulfill their potential and create their dream reality in this ever changing world.
Camp Now Productions is a multimedia musical children's book company created by performing duo Lizzie and Baba. CNP aims to help children learn some of life's greatest lessons, like remembering to say thank you–or please–or remembering to ask for help when you need it, and more.
This upcoming holiday season, please share the gift of gratitude with a child you love by backing this "Thank You For Giving Us..." project now and choosing from the abundance of thank you presents that we will be ready to send to you by October 28th, 2011.
This hardcover fantasy picture book is 32 pages long. It follows Lizzie, Baba, little Louise, and their cartoon dog Bonanza, on a fantastical adventure through The Land Of Now. The illustrations tell the story of how this eccentric family travels through a magic keyhole on a flying key. After journeying into the Land Of Now, they lose the flying key. In order to find their true home, they have to find the key again. Sharing this book with your children is a fun way to teach them the positive power of gratitude from the start!
The enhanced e-book is everything the hardcover book is, plus it has a multitude of exciting features for kids to explore. This e-book/app will entertain your children in a way you can feel really good about! The features include: a musical book, a bedtime story, sheet music,a music lesson, a read it to yourself feature, a record it yourself feature, a customize it feature, a simple thank you game feature and a send a musical personalize your own thank you card feature.
The song is easy to learn and to sing with your kids. Whenever our little Louise is crying or upset, singing this song brings her into a place of joy.
These are some rough drafts of the illustrations we've done so far.
We asked a a few parents to try out our work in progress.
They shared rough drafts of the first 12 illustrations, the entire text of the book, the morning song and the bedtime reading with their children.
You can test out the book too at http://www.campnowproductions.com/books-2. You can also read below or visit the website to see some of what other families are saying.
“I love that book. Thank you Lizzie and Baba. I like the singing and the pictures.” – Leif (3 Years Old) Norfolk, CT
“We read your book with Felix this evening and he (and we) loved it! Felix is 3 and he was thoroughly engaged –the text was just lovely and so easy to read and the pictures were really awesome and whimsical and fun. Felix really enjoyed pointing out the various elements in the pictures — like the dolphins and the mountains and the donkey.” – Azi, mother of Felix (3 Years old) Brooklyn, NY
“Isabella sat still (a rare moment!) and was mesmerized by Thank You For Giving Us…I love that the song has a happy upbeat start the day feel, and then the reading has a lulling, dreamy end of day feel. Perfect for a bedtime story before falling asleep, dreaming of what you are thankful for. As a mother of a very active 15 month old daughter, even I imagine lying in a hot bath at the end of the day with my favorite glass of wine and listening to the "Thank You For Giving Us reading...” – Emma, mother of Isabella (15 months) Eagle, Colorado
More parent/grandparent/child reviews at:
With the thirty thousand dollars we raise for this project, we will complete the illustrations, design the lay out, print 1,000 hardcover limited edition books, print 1,000 limited edition CDs, master and mix the "Thank You For Giving Us..." song, create the enhanced e-book, and begin to distribute and promote the entire multimedia project throughout the world (including a U.S. tour).
If we raise more than our goal, we will use the money to further promote and distribute the "Thank You For Giving Us..." project in a variety of ways, including producing a world tour. We will also develop the enhanced e-book for Android and Blackberry.
Phase I: Pre-production (June 7-July 21, 2011)
1. Raise Money For Project
2. Illustrations: Complete Illustrations–12 of the 32 pages are already illustrated but we need help so we have time to finish the rest (cost=$3,500)
3. Music Production: Mix and Master "Thank You For Giving Us..." and "Chariots Rise" and design limited edition CD (cost=$1000)
4. E-book Production: Create Enhanced E-book for iPod, iPhone & iPad (cost=$3000)
5. Book Production: Design and Prepare Hardcover Book for Printing (cost=$4500)
6. Kickstarter: Pay Kickstarter 5% commission on $30,000 raised (cost=$1500)
Phase II: Production (July 22-Oct 28, 2011)
1. Book Printing: Print 1000 First and Limited Edition Hardcover Books (cost=$6000)
2. Music Production: Print 1000 Limited Edition CDs (cost=$1000)
3. E-book Production: Put Enhanced E-book on iTunes and other distribution networks (cost=$500)
4. Music Production: Put song on all digital download distribution networks (cost=$500)
5. Promotion: Promote "Thank You For Giving Us..." throughout the world via fan-base, internet marketing, press, and advertising. (cost=$4500)
6. Packaging/ Shipping: Package and Mail Kickstarter Backer Gifts (cost=$3500)
7. Promotion: Produce and Promote Release Party and Tour (cost=$1000)
Phase III: Release and Promotion (Oct 29 - Dec 19, 2011)
1. Host and Perform Thank You For Giving Us...Release Party
2. "Thank You For Giving Us..." U.S. Promotional Tour
Our goal is to raise $30,000 for the multimedia "Thank You For Giving Us…" project, but we also aim to inspire as many people as possible to say thank you for someone they love. So go do it! Write or call someone you love...
Or you can post it publicly on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/thankyouforgivingus
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