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Flavor of Friendship: picture book about the power of spices

A picture book featuring carpets that come to life, magical spices, the bond between father and son, and what makes life sparkly.

Flavor of Friendship: picture book about the power of spices

A picture book featuring carpets that come to life, magical spices, the bond between father and son, and what makes life sparkly.

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Read the update to see how this book can have an impact on food justice among Chicago's youth.

And now, 

It started with Prince of Egypt . . . 

Do you know the song that the high priest of Midian sings as he stands next to the loom? "Look Through Heaven's Eyes", that's the one. Every time I hear it, the song and the imagery fill my mind with thoughts of God as a Master Weaver.  The concept of my picture book was birthed by that song.

Then over the next several years, it evolved as many creative projects do. The concept of master weaver became intertwined with Penzey's Spices motto, "Love people. Cook them tasty food." Then, I read the book, Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson. That book powerfully impacted me and influenced the development of this picture book, too. 

And evolved into . . .

Most children don't know much about spices, where they come from, or how they're used, much less anything about ancient Persia, which was part of modern day Iran. I wanted to share an appreciation for the rich heritage and beauty of an area of the world that many perceive in a negative light.

I also wanted to impart that sense of joy that comes from community and sharing a meal with others. In a world that is increasingly disconnected, my desire is to encourage children to share themselves--a unique gift to the world--with other people. Life is better, richer, and more joyful when we live in close friendship with live human beings. What better way to come together than over a meal, made with love and tasty spices?

More details about the project

The initial story has already been accepted for publication. It needs a few edits to enrich the plot, so I will share excerpts of the story as I progress in the editing process. This narrative story told in a folktale style is meant for children aged 6 and up. It will be the typical 32 page, 8 in. x 8 in. picture book, available in paperback and hardcover wherever books are sold (if I reach my funding goal).Click the follow button to see updates.

Here is a little taste of the story:

“I have a gift for you,” Bahman said. She smiled and invited them inside.

The woman offered them steaming cups of tea and prepared a meal. Anousha closed his eyes and breathed deeply of the spicy aroma as he sipped. Meanwhile, Bahman fumbled with something in his pocket before he unfurled the carpet.

“Oh, oh!” the woman giggled and swayed. Anousha’s eyes flew open as he watched the impossible happen. The patterns swirled and danced! 

The technical stuff

I sent my manuscript to a few publishers and while some larger ones showed interest, I chose to go with a hybrid for a few reasons. I wanted to retain creative control over the manuscript and I felt that with this publisher, I could offer my readers more. I plan to offer accompanying video field trips, homeschooling materials, and maybe even swag for this book, all available through my website. 

However, deciding to go with the hybrid publisher means that I have to provide my own illustrations. A significant portion of the funds will cover the cost for the book to be fully illustrated. The rest of the funds will cover marketing and promotion costs, an initial donation to Purple Asparagus, and the costs of rewards and fees. 

$3000 illustrator

$1000 marketing and promotion of the book

$1750 rewards and fees

$250 initial donation to Purple Asparagus (see Updates for more info about them!)

More about the author

I wrote my first story at age 9. However, a few years earlier,  I convinced my Kindergarten teacher that my mother was pregnant and I had my classmates believing that I had an older brother. Neither was true. So, perhaps the storytelling began when I could talk! Unfortunately, all those stories live in my file cabinet and remind me of why this picture book project is important. The stories need to be released from their prison and go out to the world to make a difference.

Not that I haven't been writing at all. For twenty years, I have been writing true stories, mostly for health care trade journals, newspapers, newsletters, parenting magazines and blogs, and the occasional ghostwriting client. I am the author of a self-published botany curriculum for kids aged 12 and up and two traditionally published books for parents--God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn and 100 Ways to Motivate Kids. Most important of all, I am the mother of four children, aged 11 to 20. All are/were homeschooled and we currently participate in a homeschool co-op where I teach middle school science workshops. If you would like to check out my blog and books, go HERE.

More about the illustrator

sample mock up of an illustration in the book
sample mock up of an illustration in the book

Born in Milan, Italy in 1992, Francesca Filomena is a graphic illustrator focused on children’s books. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce with a major in Graphic.  Following her love for new cultures, she lived and traveled in several European countries for a few years. Her experiences helped her grow as a person and artist. After specialized studies with Anna Castagnoli at the Sarmede International School of Illustration, she started to work as an illustrator for private clients.  You can see more of her work HERE.

Riesgos y desafíos

After providing the illustrations, my publisher will take over from there. The only potential roadblock might be delays with the completion of the illustrations. I am the author of two traditionally published books for parents, so I am pretty familiar with the process at this point.

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    Like a relative.

    You have now become part of the inner circle of friendship. You are like family and as such, your name is in the book as an important contributor to its success. You will also receive a gift box of 4 mini jars of spices to inspire your cooking. My deepest gratitude.

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