Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home

Kid books about a quirky Haitian-American Brooklyn girl known for her blue spectacles, wiry reddish-brown curls, and wish for a pet chicken.

M. Michelle
Art + Music
$2,560
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Project Ends on November 29, 2019

Project Description

“Sharing phone calls and photos with Grandpa was fun. But Harper wanted to see his dark brown eyes twinkle—and to giggle when he made his bushy eyebrows dance.”

Why Grandpa Comes Home?

Close your eyes and think of a loved one you wished lived closer.

Sure, technology makes it easier to stay in touch, but if you could, I bet you’d shrink the world to close that distance. 

That's what Happy Harper wants to do.

I’m so incredibly excited to share this story with you. Happy Harper’s love for her grandpa is one that took hold of my heart so many years ago and refused to let go. 

Although this is an immigration story, this is a love-filled book about grandparents. I chose to not focus on why Grandpa and his family have been separated for so long. Instead, I chose to tell the family’s love story. The story that reminds us separation by distance doesn't mean separation by love.

An immigration story the mainstream doesn’t get to denigrate.

              Why Happy Harper?

The stats are dismal. Clearly!

But this is about more than stats. This is about the fact that there's room on the page to write a range of characters that are diverse in background and experiences.

That kids can get to see the world through different lenses. Some that mirror their lives or aspects of their lives. Others that don't.

In Happy Harper, kids can see the world without fear. They can be encouraged to feed their curiosity through exploration, learning, and bonding.

Why Brooklyn?

Pre-gentrified Brooklyn was the Brooklyn of nightmares for gentrified Brooklyn. Yet plenty of families raised happy and healthy kids (like me) who thrived despite the challenges. Brooklyn was a fun place to grow up...a great place to explore. 

As my mother is the unofficial MTA Queen, we were always going on some adventure that involved a combination of buses, trains, and our feet. When we were short on tokens (or later, had an empty MetroCard) we’d keep our exploration to the long blocks of Flatbush avenue knowing that we could always jump on a 'dollar van'. These vans were (still are) driven by young Black⁠—mostly Black Caribbean—entrepreneurs who saw a market for providing cheaper transportation for those who couldn’t afford MTA prices. 

Happy Harper is here to let kids (and families) see that the world around them is as small or big and boring or interesting as their imagination let them believe. 

Happy Harper’s imagination gives her an expansive view of her world, so that Brooklyn becomes a city to dig for worms and snails at her community garden, learn to build, launch and sail a boat with Brooklyn Boatworks, eat her way through the Little Haiti Cultural and Business District, and walk the path of her ancestors at the Weeksville Heritage Center.

Why Brooklyn? Because Happy Harper wants to share everything amazing it has to offer. And hopes you'll do the same with her as you and your family explore your own community.

                   Why a pet chicken?
(Photo credit: unknown) 

Where's the money going?

Expected a 'Why' question? :)

Funds raised will be used for the initial off-set print run with Print Ninja (the hardcover books) and to start the digital animation. It will cover all aspects of traditional and digital publishing including professional illustrations, cover design, and voice animation. The long-term goal is to make Happy Harper books into an interactive experience for children. To use technology to allow readers to transport themselves into the stories and become characters who go along with Happy Harper on her adventures. Lastly, it will cover the crowdfunding fees (hey iFundWomen is a great woman-owned business. It's only fair that they get paid what they deserve!)

 

Why Invest?

Thank you so much for choosing to invest in Happy Harper.

I appreciate your personal financial contributions, and for encouraging others to contribute by sharing this link on social media and by email.

And I love that you're telling your dad Frank about this project even though he thinks the internet is a waste of time. But we know he loves his grandkids so he'll get his copy of Grandpa Comes Home to read to them...even if he lives far away.

Please tell grandpa Frank for me that his support not only brings this book to life. It helps us share Happy Harper to encourage all kids to shape and drive their own stories. (Oh and that the internet is good for something. How else would you have learned about Happy Harper!)

               THANKS SO MUCH!

Updates

The Project FAQs

 

 

Zenobia Archer
10/07/2019
Personalized note with hardcover book
$100
10/07/2019
Personalized note with hardcover book
$100
Mr. and Mrs. C.
09/22/2019
Monetary Contribution
$250
09/22/2019
Personalized Bklyn tour & homemade feast
$500
RoesNBull
09/21/2019
Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks
$20
Rose
09/16/2019
*Insert thank you dance emoji*
$15
Mira and Leila Boyer
09/10/2019
Personalized Bklyn tour & homemade feast
$500
Meredith Muirhead
09/08/2019
Hardcover copy of book
$50
PeacockRules
09/07/2019
Signed hardcover copy of book
$75
Peter Prochilo
09/06/2019
Personalized note with hardcover book
$100
$10
*Insert thank you dance emoji*

Wow you're awesome! Thanks for giving up at least two cups of coffee (NYC prices!) to support us.

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$20
Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks

Give at this level and receive a digital download of five exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks.

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$35
E-book, Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home

Give at this level and receive:

  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, E-book
  • Digital download of 3 exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks 
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$50
Hardcover copy of book

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  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, Hardcover book
  • Digital download of 2 exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks
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$75
Signed hardcover copy of book

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • An exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmark 
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$100
Personalized note with hardcover book

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  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, E-book
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$200
Exclusive Little Haiti BK Food Guide

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • An exclusively designed Little Haiti BK Food Guide. Haitians (that's me!) are the largest immigrant group in Flatbush and make up more than 20% of the foreign-born population in this Brooklyn neighborhood. This guide takes you on a food tour of the area. Use it to come out and support the local businesses. Gift it to someone local if you can't make it!
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$500
Personalized Bklyn tour & homemade feast

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper Grandpa Comes Home
  • For you and a human loved one. Personalized curated Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed tour (Brooklyn is so much more than just the Bridge!) lled by me! It ends with a traditonal Haitian home-cooked feast (we're talking lambi! conch! legume! no real translation, trust me it's good! diri djon djon! black rice!) by my traditional Haitian mama (she's too good for Yelp!). If you're not around to take advantage of it, gift it! It's good for a year from purchase. 
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$1,000
Be a character in the book

Give at this level and receive:

Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home

Be memorialized as a character in Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home. This is a great gift for you (treat yo self!) a human loved one (treat yo fam! treat yo friendZ!), a pet loved one (treat Fido!). 

We'll add an extra reward to this package (it's a surprise) if your pet is a chicken. 

 

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$1,500
Bring HappyHarper to your child's school

This is an exclusive reward to be the first school to host an author visit to celebrate the launch of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home. I will curate an interactive presentation for one school (K-3), 2 classes. Will there be a live chicken? Will the entire class swim to Haiti and back to visit Grandpa? Will we bake a pineapple cake (Grandpa's favorite!)? So many questions. Only one reward to find out the answers. 

Reward includes a signed copy of the book for each student and one class copy (up to 60). 

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Rewards

$10
*Insert thank you dance emoji*

Wow you're awesome! Thanks for giving up at least two cups of coffee (NYC prices!) to support us.

24 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$20
Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks

Give at this level and receive a digital download of five exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks.

39 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$35
E-book, Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home

Give at this level and receive:

  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, E-book
  • Digital download of 3 exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks 
25 Left
0 Supporters
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$50
Hardcover copy of book

Give at this level and receive:

  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, Hardcover book
  • Digital download of 2 exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmarks
46 Left
4 Supporters
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$75
Signed hardcover copy of book

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • An exclusive Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed bookmark 
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1 Supporter
Select this reward
$100
Personalized note with hardcover book

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home, E-book
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4 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Exclusive Little Haiti BK Food Guide

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home
  • An exclusively designed Little Haiti BK Food Guide. Haitians (that's me!) are the largest immigrant group in Flatbush and make up more than 20% of the foreign-born population in this Brooklyn neighborhood. This guide takes you on a food tour of the area. Use it to come out and support the local businesses. Gift it to someone local if you can't make it!
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Personalized Bklyn tour & homemade feast

Give at this level and receive:

  • Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper Grandpa Comes Home
  • For you and a human loved one. Personalized curated Happy Harper Brooklyn-themed tour (Brooklyn is so much more than just the Bridge!) lled by me! It ends with a traditonal Haitian home-cooked feast (we're talking lambi! conch! legume! no real translation, trust me it's good! diri djon djon! black rice!) by my traditional Haitian mama (she's too good for Yelp!). If you're not around to take advantage of it, gift it! It's good for a year from purchase. 
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3 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Be a character in the book

Give at this level and receive:

Signed (with personal note to person of choice, under 50 words) hardcover copy of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home

Be memorialized as a character in Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home. This is a great gift for you (treat yo self!) a human loved one (treat yo fam! treat yo friendZ!), a pet loved one (treat Fido!). 

We'll add an extra reward to this package (it's a surprise) if your pet is a chicken. 

 

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Bring HappyHarper to your child's school

This is an exclusive reward to be the first school to host an author visit to celebrate the launch of Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home. I will curate an interactive presentation for one school (K-3), 2 classes. Will there be a live chicken? Will the entire class swim to Haiti and back to visit Grandpa? Will we bake a pineapple cake (Grandpa's favorite!)? So many questions. Only one reward to find out the answers. 

Reward includes a signed copy of the book for each student and one class copy (up to 60). 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward