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This beautifully illustrated children's book tells an emotional story about Alzheimer's Disease through the eyes of a granddaughter.

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This delightful story opens with little Jamelah sharing her excitement for something she’s waited long and hard for--the Fair. The Day It Rained allows for an intimate peek into the world of Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of one little girl whose disappointment is surprisingly dissolved through the unexpected time she shares with her grandmother.

The book offers unique opportunities for open communication with young people about what it means to love someone with Alzheimer's. While aimed at the elementary school-aged crowd, It is my goal to use the book to touch the hearts of not only the children who read it, but their families and caretakers as well. I hope that this book presents you with thoughts of how to let go and love differently, enjoying those unplanned and unscripted moments when everything seems to have been turned upside down.

Dr. Yemonja Smalls received her doctorate at Louisiana State University in clinical psychology, completed her internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has worked in numerous clinical settings with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disability. Yemonja has an extensive background in the treatment of behavioral disorders, and has worked for over 15 years with adults and children with developmental disabilities.

“Dr. Y,” as affectionately known, is a self taught artist who gives birth to creations in acrylic paint and other mediums. Vibrant and restorative, Yemonja’s work focuses on human relationships.

“The Day It Rained” is Yemonja's first self-illustrated and written children’s book. Motivated by her own unique experiences with her grandmother who had Alzheimer's, she felt compelled to share another view of the devastating disease. The E-book is narrated by Tamera Trimuel , a 10-year old girl who brings the character, Jamelah, to life.
As a young entrepreneur herself, Tamera performs with amazing professionalism. She shared her own experiences about her grandfather who also had Alzheimer's with me, which served to reinforce the need for this story to be told.

Tamera Trimuel, young entrepreneur and book narrator
Tamera Trimuel, young entrepreneur and book narrator

Hardcover book- A signed hardcover 13"x13" book with beautiful dust jacket will be shipped at every level at and beyond your $30 contribution.

Open and Signed Limited Edition prints-At noted backing levels, you can get either open edition or signed limited edition canvas prints of one or all four selected works of art from the book.  Each limited edition is numbered and signed by the artist.

The original acrylic painting "Braidin" (36x48 gallery wrapped) will be shipped to the largest backer! See some of her other artwork here http://www.YemonjaSmalls.com.

Prints:

Braidin'
Braidin'
Peace Be Still
Peace Be Still
Love Grand
Love Grand
Grandma's Hat
Grandma's Hat

Each of the four pieces will come sized 18x24, and if a signed limited edition canvas is chosen, will come stretched and ready to hang.

The funds raised will be used to ensure successful fulfillment of shipped printed books to all backers. Book and art printing, shipping and marketing costs are included, including book launch event.

Risks and challenges

Yes, there are always unforeseen challenges and possible setbacks to accomplishing any goal. As the book is nearing completion, the biggest issue to ensure timely fulfillment involves successful shipment of printed books. The book needs to go through a final editing process which is expected to occur at the beginning of July. The limited edition and open edition prints are already prepared and are ready for signature.

I need your support in order to make this publication a reality!

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    With your contribution of $20, you will receive an e-book narrated by 10 year-old Tamera Trimuel. This is a wonderful addition for those who would like to actually hear this moving story brought to life through the voice of a young girl reading it.

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    With your contribution of $30, you will receive a signed copy of The Day It Rained. International orders, add $30 for shipping.

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    With your contribution of $55, you will receive a signed copy of The Day It Rained and the e-book version narrated by 10 year-old old Tamera Trimuel. International orders, add $30 for shipping.

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    With your contribution of $60, you will receive TWO signed copies of The Day It Rained. International orders, add $30 for shipping.

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    With your contribution of $150, you will receive a signed copy of The Day It Rained and the e-book version narrated by 10 year-old old Tamera Trimuel and an open edition print of one of the 4 prints (you choose!) 18x24. International orders, add $30 for shipping.

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    With your contribution of $300, you will receive a signed copy of The Day It Rained and the e-book version narrated by 10 year-old old Tamera Trimuel and all four open edition prints ( "Braidin", "Peace Be Still", "In Grandma's Hat" and "Love Grand". Each 18x24.

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    With your contribution of $500, you will receive 2 signed copies of The Day It Rained, the e-book version narrated by 10 year-old old Tamera Trimuel and a SIGNED LIMITED EDITION canvas print of one of the four designated prints. (Stretched and ready to hang!) 18x24. International orders, add $40 for shipping.

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    With your contribution of $2000, you will receive 10 signed copies of The Day It Rained, and a personal visit by the author and illustrator, Dr. Yemonja Smalls. She will be available to sign copies, read to your church, school or other organization. She will tell her personal story of inspiration to your group. Scheduling will be done to accommodate both your event and the authors schedule. International travel must be arranged by the backer.

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    With your contribution of $5000, you will receive 15 signed copies of The Day It Rained, and the original "Braidin" acrylic painting. 36x48, gallery wrapped canvas. International shipping will be added.

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