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Copyright 2015 @ Imaginings. All rights reserved.

         Project Overview


A Bi-Lingual Taleof Hawai`i

-- with English-Spanish Text, Study Guide, References and Hawai`i Resources --

Jeanne Burrows-Johnson

Mama Wallaby, as interpreted by portraitist Wayne Takazono

     PROJECT OVERVIEW.  Within a classic fairytale treatment, this six-chapter, bilingual tale of
         Hawai`i bridges picture and young adult books, with an English-Spanish package including
         storybook, coloring book and audio DVD.  The Illustrated Glossary, Study Guide and Hawai`i                          Resources sections serve as learning tools as a child's life experience and educative
         accomplishments expand.  Visually, the project offers: sepia colored ink on patterned paper,                          suggesting Hawaiian kappa cloth; a classic, yet clear font, like Baskerville Old Face; coffee-table
         book quality art (see samples of Wayne Takazono*) that evokes rustling island breezes and
         tropical light filtered through altostratus clouds and forest branches. Concept, design and
         projected marketing draw on Jeanne Burrows-Johnson’s graduate studies in world history and

         work in the performing arts and marketing.  Targeted markets include: book, zoo, museum and

         on-line stores; libraries, schools and home schooling programs; and, Hawaiian and Australian

         tourist retail outlets.

      BOOK SYNOPSIS.  Featuring the internationally appealing beauty of Hawai`i, this six-chapter

         book targets parents of toddlers as well as nine-year-old English and Spanish readers.  Raised

         by her widowed father and his sister, Kahala Souza, a multi-ethnic girl, enjoys the flora and

         fauna surrounding her old plantation cottage on Maui. Gifted with a trip aboard the ocean

         liner captained by her father, Kahala envisions shopping and an `ukulele lesson with a noted

         Honolulu musician.   Instead, she loses her way and embarks on an adventure in the Ko`olau                          mountains above Honolulu, the seaside capital of Hawai`i.  Lost in the beauty of a sun-speckled

         forest, she falls asleep below a koa tree near a stream.  Startled awake by a family of wallabies,

         Kahala accepts an invitation to their home.  Beyond a hillside pond, they enter a cave hidden by

         a waterfall. Snacks of fruit and malasadas are followed by classic Island songs and Kahala playing
         her `ukulele.  After sharing stories of the arrival of wallabies in Hawai`i, Mama Wallaby calls for
         a nap before helping Kahala return to the city.  As Kahala ventures farther from the shore, her
         father realizes her absence and sets out to find her.  After alerting the authorities, and following
         clues offered by wharf vendors, the Captain chances on his daughter’s flip-flop sandal in the
         hand of a bus driver, and embarks on his own trip into the Ko`olau Mountains.  Finding Kahala’s                    second sandal, he enters the forest.  While frantically searching the forest he finds her purple
​         orchid, but without a further lead, he sinks in exhaustion beneath the koa tree.  Rounding the
         tree on their way down to the bus stop, the wallabies and Kahala discover the Captain, who is
         grateful to be reunited with his daughter whose disobedience could have resulted in a far
         different outcome.

BOOK JACKET.  The cover can utilize a centerfold picture of waterfall, pond and Koa tree beneath
           the Ko`olau Mountains with four wallabies meeting Kahala Souza, set off by four decorative
           corner pieces.


            INSIDE BOOK JACKET.  A sepia outlined map of the Hawaiian Islands rests on parchment back-
            ground Labeled with calligraphic lettering, mountains and cities can be highlighted.  Images
            from the Illustrated Glossary could include a ship at Aloha Tower, bus on a highway, and
            wallabies on the Ko`olau Mountain ridge.  The entire page can be framed with a repetition of
​            the cover's decorative pieces.


​            CHAPTER & PAGE EMBELLISHMENTS. Page and chapter embellishments enhance the visual
            strength and aid memorization of images of Hawaiian flora and fauna.  Each chapter could
            feature an image from the story, such as the purple orchid from which the Captain recognizes
            the path taken by his daughter Kahala.  Here a Nēnē, State Bird of Hawai’i, is placed between
            lei strands of maile; following are examples of artistic lines.

            ILLUSTRATED LETTERS.  We propose beginning each chapter with a capital illustrated with
            local flora, which we have chosen from plants popular in the Islands today, although an artist
​            might choose to select from those that are native or endemic to Hawai`i.

            ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY.  After summary of Hawaiian grammar, sepia drawings will illustrate                       Hawaiian words and Island vocabulary to provide reinforcement of the Hawaiian language and
            story elements.  The image of an Hawaiian plantation cottage was designed by Wayne Takazono.


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