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Join our Toad & her friends on a hero's journey to bring Rain back in this classic Vietnamese folktale told in Vietnamese and English!
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A mother-daughter project to create a well-written and stunning children's book to celebrate a classic Vietnamese folktale never before told in English and Vietnamese.

Ever since my friends started having children (you know who you are!)—I’ve loved gifting and sharing my love of books. Often though, I can never find beautiful, well-written, bilingual children’s books illustrating the fun and rich wisdom of Vietnamese folktales. At the same time, I had been searching for a project to work on with my mom, Tuoi Tran. Back in February 2018, we picked a favorite folktale, and enlisted the help of a burgeoning Vietnamese illustrator, Mai Dang. 

With a year of work behind us, we are on schedule to print the first copies by March! 

See some snapshots of the various stages of our work below!

Some of our main characters - in their intial stages!
Some of our main characters - in their intial stages!
Our first two pages - before color!
Our first two pages - before color!
Our first two pages - in color!
Our first two pages - in color!
Our cover - before color!
Our cover - before color!
Our cover - with color!
Our cover - with color!

A heroine's journey in picture-book form, filled with animals, adventures, and the discovery of self-empowerment

Why Toads Rule The Sky: Vì Sao Cóc Là Cậu Ông Trời is a story about toads, pandas, dogs, bees, friends, adventure, and playing to our strengths!

We’d love to have your support in bringing it to market: buy a book, or two, or ten. Share our Kickstarter campaign with friends who may know children and adults who could enjoy this fun, bilingual folktale.

For those interested, see our Project Timeline below!

  • February, 2018 - selected folktale, and completed initial drafts of the Vietnamese and English versions 
  • March, 2018 - completed draft #2 of the Vietnamese and English versions 
  • April, 2018 - connected with Mai, our illustrator, to talk through the story and vision 
  • May, 2018 - final draft of the Vietnamese and English versions; book cover completed with initial sketches of scenes 
  • June - July, 2018 -  revised sketches after feedback, and color roughs completed
  • July - December 2018 - combine text with illustrations 
  • January, 2019 - launch of Kickstarter!
  • March-April, 2019 - hard and soft covers will be shipped out!

Risks and challenges

At this point, the book is created! What's left is just the "small" matter of printing it, ensuring print quality, and then bringing it to market.

The only risk we face is not getting enough backers on Kickstarter to print our first initial set of 100 hardcovers.

I'll be reaching out to as many people as possible. We'd be so grateful if you could help share this campaign with others!

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    You can cast your vote on the next language and the next folktale we'll produce!

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    Fan

    Support us by ordering in advance a paperback copy of Why Toads Rule / Vì Sao Cóc Là Cậu Ông Trời.

    You will also be able to cast your vote on the next bilingual combination of languages and/or the next folktale we'll produce!

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    Hardcover Fan

    Support us by ordering in advance 1 hardcover copy of Why Toads Rule / Vì Sao Cóc Là Cậu Ông Trời.

    You will also be able to cast your vote on the next bilingual combination of languages and/or the next folktale we'll produce!

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    Hardcore Fan

    Support us by ordering in advance 2 hardcover copies of Why Toads Rule / Vì Sao Cóc Là Cậu Ông Trời to keep at home or share with the adults and children you know!

    You will also be able to cast your vote on the next bilingual combination of languages and/or the next folktale we'll produce!

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    Toad-y Shoutout!

    Support us by ordering in advance 4 hardcover copies of Why Toads Rule / Vì Sao Cóc Là Cậu Ông Trời. You can keep these copies at home, share them with the adults and children you know or we can donate them to community centers and public libraries and schools in your name!

    You will also be able to cast your vote on the next bilingual combination of languages and/or the next folktale we'll produce!

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