SANTA FE, New Mexico – December 28, 2015 – “Kit Coyote: A Tale of Hope” launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month. The overwhelmingly generous response from supporters helped raise over $5,000 in less than a month. However, they are still far from reaching their goal of $17,347. The author, Rosemary Zibart, and illustrator, Sandi Wright, hopes the book will transform the lives of foster children because the event is often confusing, scary, and painful. With more than 500,000 American children are put in foster care, it is crucial the children of today find a solution to help them cope with the unfortunate situation.
“Kit Coyote: A Tale of Hope” encourages a sense of resilience and artistic self-expression It is a gentle and kindhearted story of a lovable coyote pup, Kit, who is put into foster care. The tale connects with a child’s mixed emotions as they try to figure out why they’ve been displaced and the challenges of the new life change. In asking for more support, the author also disclosed an exclusive excerpt from the story, which can be found on the Kickstarter campaign. Below is the short passage:
Kit met many new people too. Every week he visited Bruce Hedgehog, the therapist. They talked and played together. Kit told Dr. Hedgehog stuff that he didn’t tell anyone else. “I miss my Mommy and Daddy very much,” said Kit.
“Of course, you do,” said Dr. Hedgehog.
“Do they know where I am?” Kit asked. “Why don’t they come get me?”
“They know you’re in a safe place,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “But you can’t live with them right now.”
Kit frowned. “Why not?”
“Because they’re not ready,” said Dr. Hedgehog. “Parenting is a job, a very tough job. You have to be patient, understanding and mature. Not everybody knows how to do this job well. Your parents are learning. When they learn all they need for this job, then you can live with them.”
One day Clara Raccoon came to see Kit. She had a very nice smile. “Hello Kit, I’m your court advocate,” she said. “Do you know what that is?”
Kit shook his head.
“A court advocate is a very special friend,” said Clara. “My job is to make sure you’re okay. If something’s not okay or you need something special, please tell me.”
Kit thought hard. “Like what could I tell you?”
“Let’s see,” said Clara. “Suppose you had an aunt or a grandmother who you wanted to see. Or even a pet dog or cat. You could tell me. And I would try to make that happen.” She smiled, “Do you understand?”
Kit nodded. “Yep.”
“So what things do you like to do?” asked Clara Raccoon. “Do you like to draw pictures?” The little coyote shrugged, but his eyes shone brightly. Clara gave him a pad of paper and some crayons. Kit drew a picture of a house in a bad storm. Black rain-clouds covered the sky While he drew the picture, Clara asked some questions, and Kit answered them. Then Clara said, “Now, Kit, do you have any questions for me?”
Interested in reading more? Then help bring this incredible tale to life by making a contribution by visiting the Kickstarter campaign or click here. Perks will be delivered between January to March 2016. The funds raised will go towards art direction, final illustrations, printing, promotion and distribution of a thousand copies of the book. “The more money we raise,” says Zibart, “the more books we’ll publish.”
Please keep in mind this is an “all-or-nothing” deal, which means if the campaign does not reach the funding goal then the project cannot move forward. So know that any amount given can make a difference, and this is an incredible opportunity to be a part of a special campaign! Help “Kit Coyote: A Tale of Hope” reach the goal by sharing this on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The more people know about this, the more support the campaign will receive, and the more foster children will benefit. Plus, a portion of any profits from the book’s publication will help local CASA organizations (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).