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
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...
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
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.
About the Artists
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!
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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