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A children's sing-a-long book about rising up from the muck!
A children's sing-a-long book about rising up from the muck!
280 backers pledged $15,821 to help bring this project to life.

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Yellow Lotus Flower is a sing-a-long book for the soul. The story is told by the flower herself, reminiscing about a time when she was a scared little seed, stuck in the murky bottoms of the pond, unsure of herself and if life would ever be different. She encounters guides along the way, like a magical rainbow fish, trumpet-playing frogs and the benevolent sun. Ultimately, Yellow Lotus has to cultivate her own courage to send her roots down into the muck in order to transform into the beautiful flower she is meant to be.

Why this Book? Why Now?

Let's face it. Children growing up in today's world will face gigantic hurdles in their lives, from climate change to social injustice, not to mention puberty and relationships! This book is a training tool for the emotional resilience of our young people. Drawing wisdom from both the natural world and Buddhist philosophy, Yellow Lotus Flower carries a deep personal and cultural message about transformation and finding our way through dark times. 

The bottom line: fear, pain and uncertainty are a natural part of transformation; No one knows this better than the Lotus Flower.

“I love this little book. It’s more than a book; It’s a song and a story that opens a way of living.  I want us as a culture to welcome Yellow Lotus Flower and her journey, and to welcome the art and message of Jen Myzel. It’s for this time.”  -Joanna Macy, Author, Eco-philosopher, Founder of The Work that Reconnects

I was born at the bottom of this muck, A slimy seed I was murky and stuck.
I was born at the bottom of this muck, A slimy seed I was murky and stuck.
Until a golden fish swam by, and what he said just changed my life. "There's light at the top, you've got to believe me. So grow up and up, and send your roots down deep!"
Until a golden fish swam by, and what he said just changed my life. "There's light at the top, you've got to believe me. So grow up and up, and send your roots down deep!"

 It's a sing-a-long?! How does it work?  

Simple! Within the first two pages of the book, you will be given multiple options as to where you can stream or download the Yellow Lotus Flower song.  Listen on the device of your choice, and enjoy! THEN, if you or the child reading this story wants to play the song on guitar or any other instrument, the chords and lyrics will be written in the back of the book!

Check out these Perks! 

We think our Perks are AWESOME, and we hope you will too. Here's a little breakdown of what each perk is all about...

Yellow Lotus Flower Softcover Book: Our book will be a standard size, landscape children's book. We hope it will become a classic in your home collection!
Yellow Lotus Flower Softcover Book: Our book will be a standard size, landscape children's book. We hope it will become a classic in your home collection!

Postcard with one of the Watercolor images from the book

11 x 17 Print of One Watercolor image from the book

18 x 24 Print of One Watercolor image from the book

Jen Myzel's last two albums, Digital Download or Physical CD

Jen Myzel's last album, Silence Speak, which is inspired by Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects. A lyrical web of folk, harmony, spoken word, and electronic beats.
Jen Myzel's last album, Silence Speak, which is inspired by Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects. A lyrical web of folk, harmony, spoken word, and electronic beats.
Family Tree, Jen Myzel's album from 2013 about reconnecting to ancestry and the Earth
Family Tree, Jen Myzel's album from 2013 about reconnecting to ancestry and the Earth

Meet Lotus Girl! 

Even though the Lotus Flower is the narrator of the story, there is also a second narrator, and that is Lotus Girl. She is a new addition to our cast, and will be found throughout the story, first coming upon the lotus while rowing in a pond, and then she will find herself inside of the seed, "Magic School Bus" Style. Lotus Girl will help us humans take the journey through the life cycle of the Yellow Lotus Flower.

Our newest character to join the cast, Lotus Girl!
Our newest character to join the cast, Lotus Girl!
A sketch of Lotus Girl inside the seed
A sketch of Lotus Girl inside the seed

About the Artists 

Jen Myzel and Hillary Mendoza have been working on the music and watercolor paintings for Yellow Lotus Flower since 2014.
Jen Myzel and Hillary Mendoza have been working on the music and watercolor paintings for Yellow Lotus Flower since 2014.

Jen Myzel is a singer, songwriter, elementary school music teacher and activist in Oakland, CA. As a close student and friend of author, eco-philosopher and buddhist scholar, Joanna Macy, the message of how to stay awake in uncertain times is woven throughout Jen's music and stories.  Jen is a song-leader with the Thrive Street Choir and has performed at events including the Bioneers Conference and March Against Monsanto. Jen has collaborated with numerous musicians working to make a positive impact in the world, including Nimo (Empty Hands Music), Ayla Nereo, Octopretzel and ANML, and will soon be collaborating in the classroom with grammy-nominated kids hip-hop group Alphabet Rockers. 

Hillary Mendoza is a multi-media artist, Raw Food Chef and Ayurvedic Practitioner. She graduated in 2012 from Long Beach State University with her degree in Fiber Arts and Painting. Then she went on and continued her studies at the CA College of Ayurveda to receive her degree as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist in 2015. During her studies at the College of Ayurveda, she met Jen and they developed a deep connection through their art, music, and strong connection to nature. After working together through Joanna Macy's work (The Work that Reconnects), they decided to combine their crafts and collaborate on what has become the children's book: Yellow Lotus Flower!

 Stretch Goals

If (and hopefully WHEN) we make it to $15,000, there is still so much more we could do! Here is what we have in mind: 

  • $18,000 - We will donate a copy of Yellow Lotus Flower to ALL 86 Oakland Unified Public Elementary Schools
  • $20,000 - Everyone will receive at least one HARDCOVER copy of Yellow Lotus Flower
  • $25,000 - Jen will record an entire album of kid's music to accompany the Yellow Lotus Flower song!

Remember: these books will be sent to you in late fall, so they make perfect holiday gifts for the little ones in your lives! (And let's get real, this book is not just for kids)

Risks and challenges

This is our first time creating a children's book, so every step of the way is a learning experience and sometimes things take longer than we expect! Having known that, we feel confident in the amount of time we allotted to finish the illustrations and have these books printed and at your door by late fall of 2018.

If anything comes up, we will communicate with you as soon as possible.

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    Do you love to sing or write, and would like to learn how to write songs? Or would this be a new frontier entirely that you would like to explore? This pledge gets you a one hour songwriting session with Jen Myzel. She will share her insights and practices in the creation of song, and help you write your own. This package also includes all the other goodies below. These lessons are available for kids and adults.

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    Jen Myzel will provide musical and puppet show entertainment at your child's next birthday party! (If further than 60 miles from Oakland, CA, transportion fee will be extra). Plus all the goodies below.

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    Five 1-on-1 songwriting sessions with Jen Myzel. Strengthen your craft or learn a new skill. Learn how to become still and listen for the muses of song. Come out of the series with at least one song that you have written. Can be done in person or over Skype.

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    Our spectacular illustrator, Hillary Mendoza, will paint a one-of-a-kind piece, with your child, niece, little friend, etc. as a cartoon character in the painting. As well as a Hardcover and Softcover copy of our book!

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    The Lotus Superstar includes almost everything we've offered so far, PLUS a personalized video and thank you song, from us to you!

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    The Inspirational Lotus

    This package includes a visit to your school or community! Jen will travel anywhere in the US and offer an assembly or concert featuring Yellow Lotus Flower. The event will be focused on emotional intelligence and how to be resilient through challenging times. There will be live music, a slideshow and interactive discussion. You also get three signed hardcover copies of Yellow Lotus Flower for your library, both of Jen's last albums, and a watercolor postcard.

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