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Help Soé de Stork Find A New Friend

A hand-lettered children's book about self-acceptance and leaving the fear of differences behind.

Help Soé de Stork Find A New Friend

A hand-lettered children's book about self-acceptance and leaving the fear of differences behind.

€2,123
pledged of €2,700pledged of €2,700 goal
84
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 2 2019 9:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

It was Soé’s first day in her new school. She ignored Gili de Pigeon’s warm greeting. Instead, the lovely voice of Klaten de Cockatoo, the beautiful wings of Poso de Peacock and the cool style of Ranai de Crowned Crane caught her attention more than Gili’s friendly face. Yet reality showed her a different perspective.

Soé went from one bird to another, searching for the “perfect” friend. Yet everyone seemed annoyed by her greeting tour. She began to lose her self-confidence and felt lonely. Till Gili sat next to her and mentioned something astonishingly simple but sweet to hear. 

My Initial Inspiration

One of my friends shared her 5-year-old son’s experience in a new preschool where he struggled to make friends. The kids made fun of his accent because he wasn’t a native speaker. Another friend mentioned that their daughter got frustrated because her friends always made fun of her lunch bag.

The most disturbing story for me was from my friend’s 4-year-old daughter. Her classmates didn’t want to be friends with her because of her skin color. If these young kids already hold prejudices, I wonder how these will shape their mentality as grown-ups later. As a parent of a multiculturally raised kid, the stories above worry me that my son will likely face some of these issues growing up.

The aim of this book is to help him and all kids out there to have a greater appreciation of diversity and confidence in themselves.

Workflow 

All of the bird characters and elements are handmade with paper collage by myself. My husband, Cody, photographed all the elements. To complete the scenes, I arranged the elements using Photoshop and hand-lettered the text.

I'm also glad to mention that all the bird characters are named after beautiful or historical places in Indonesia. Soe is the only place where one can experience autumn in this tropical country. Poso has a beautiful river, Klaten with its famous temple and Ranai has a wonderful stone park.

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The Rewards

Hardcover copy (signed or unsigned) including cute little postcards and quote cards are offered as rewards. There are special deals for “Early Bird” backers, too. 

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In addition, I also offer special delivery and shipping for all my neighbors around Offenburg (DE), Strasbourg (FR), and Indonesia. 

Plus, a very limited offer including a one day workshop is also available for backers in Indonesia. Feel free to dive into the Rewards Section to get more information.

If you'd simply like to contribute to my efforts without receiving physical items, you can do that too! You can pledge any amount. Anything and everything is appreciated. Many thanks!

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About Me

I’m Marisa Thalib or also known under the pen name M. Tiyasaa, a novel and children’s book author. A major theme in my writing is to engage in various social issues. 

My first novel, Soé Isabel, published by Yrama Widya in Indonesia, talks about the value of friendship, living abroad and handling culture shock from the perspective of 5 international students living in France. 

The novel has already reached thousands of readers and received many appreciations since it launched in July 2019 in Indonesian bookstores. 

Novel: Soé Isabel

 Besides being an author, I am also the mom of a 2-year-old boy named River. I am from Indonesia and my husband, Cody, is a photographer from the United States. We currently live in Germany where River was born.

River loves to eat Indonesian spicy food as much as I do, he’s as proud of American donuts as his dad and he can’t survive his everyday routine without getting a piece of German brezel.

Before finding myself as River’s chaser, I worked as a part-time lecturer in a private university and full-time market analyst for a national media company in Indonesia. 

What's Next?

Once the project is funded, I will purchase and register the ISBN and barcodes. I have already selected a printer and have made shipping arrangements. 

The book will be submitted to the printer with an approximate turnaround time of three weeks once files are approved. Allowing for unexpected delays and unforeseen circumstances, I plan to send the copies to my backers by early February. 

The remaining copies will be available for purchase through bookstores by next summer. Ultimately, I also hope to translate the book to French, German, Spanish and Indonesian. 

Feel free to dive into my instagram feed on @mtiyasaa to get in touch more about this project. If you speak Bahasa Indonesia, I am also active as a blogger at mtiyasaa.com.

Why Kickstarter?

The book is already written and illustrated. The layout is being finalized and will be ready to print shortly, but I need your help to bring Soé de Stork to life.

Your pledge makes it possible to have the books printed in bulk, making it more affordable for my little readers.

Here are a few steps to execute before distribution that have costs associated with them:

  • To purchase ISBN and barcodes for hardcover version.
  • To cover the printing cost for the first hardcover edition (min. 500 copies).
  • To cover the fee for the first distribution process into bookstores.

Book specifications

  • 210 x 210 mm (8.25 x 8.25 inches) hardcover, thread sewn.
  • 32 pages full color illustrations on 200g Amber Graphic paper
  • Ages 2 to 7
Soé de Stork

Risks and challenges

Since the creative process is already complete, the risks are minimal. As this is my first Kickstarter and first self-published book there have been many challenges and new things to learn.

However, I've spent many hours preparing for this campaign - finding the right printer, locking in quotes, figuring out shipping and packaging costs, studying other successful campaigns, shooting video and photography content to share the process with you.

There may be unforeseen things that come up, but I will proactively keep in touch with all of my backers if there are any setbacks.

Your involvement is vital in my success and I thank you for all the support!

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    Hardcover Edition

    Get a simple hardcover book to read with your favorite little person!

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    Get a signed hardcover copy including an exclusive fine art print from Soé de Stork and all other extras!

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    Send "Soé de Stork" to your favorite little people and give them a chance to celebrate diversity with joy and hope! With 118€ you can send 8 copies signed hardcover books plus extra goodies anywhere in the world. Let Soé de Stork be your favorite gift set!

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    🇮🇩Limited Deal: Only 10 Packages

    INDONESIA ONLY, hanya 10 paket tersedia!
    Ingin mendukung Soé de Stork sekaligus berhemat banyak? Hanya tersedia 10 paket, grab it fast!
    Dapatkan hardcover Soé de Stork yang ditandatangani dan didedikasikan khusus untuk si kecil.
    Masukan kelipatan dari total per buku jika tertarik mendapatkan lebih dari satu buku yah..

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    <SAVE 4€> Get the signed book dedicated for backers living in Offenburg and Strasbourg. Shipping is FREE! Plus, the rewards will be delivered personally by the author. Grab it fast, this offer is limited for 50 backers only!

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    🇮🇩 One Day Workshop: INDONESIA Only

    Pack of 10 signed books berikut One Day Workshop (Reading & Fun Day)!
    Hanya berlaku untuk daerah Karawang, Jakarta dan Bandung yah..
    Grab it fast, hanya tersedia SATU PAKET!

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