The world of childhood is a magical one – full of imaginary creatures, and ordinary creatures that have extra-ordinary abilities. The link between grandparents and grandchildren is also a magical one. Norman E. Sindlinger captures the essence of these special worlds in his new picture book, Sean and the Magic Ring Tree.
In the story, Grandpa Nolan promises Sean Nolan that on his fifth birthday, Grandpa will give him a special surprise. Grandpa asks Sean to come visit all by himself. When he arrives, Grandpa places the Ring People he had received on his fifth birthday in Sean’s hands. As Sean looks closely at the tiny figures, they come to life and lead grandfather and grandson into the wood where Sean receives his own Ring People. Grandpa and the Ring People caution Sean that this must be their secret.
Young children love secrets. They love hiding places and message boxes. The Ring People appeals to that love of the hidden and to a desire to keep these places from the “grown-ups” – the people who are too busy with day to day life to indulge in the Hidden Mysteries.
Sindlinger is no stranger to bringing imagination to life. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College as a Mechanical Engineer. He served as a First Lt. Infantry Platoon Leader. Subsequently, he was a research engineer, and then worked as Director of Engineering at Mattel Toys. He has been retired for the last 10 ½ years, and has been associated with CDC, a not-for-profit after school and summer camp for low income children of working parents. He continues to write books and create objects for children. He has considerable experience bringing projects to completion, on time and under budget, thanks to his experience as director.
The characters are brought to life by illustrations from the creative hand of Gabriel M. Raphael. There will be 26 illustrations in 3-D. The book will be 32 page picture book, and is scheduled to come out in March 2016 in both hardcover and softcover formats. It will also be available as an eBook. It will be the first of a series, Tales of the Ring Tree
Now for the best part: 85 percent of the proceeds from this book series will go to Cedar Hill CDC. The plan is to bring out a new book every six months, for a total of 24 books in 3 years. You can learn more about the books at Cedar Hill CDC Books, the newly formed publishing company that will bring out the books. You can also learn about the school by going to the CDC website.
Rewards for contributing to the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign are copies of the book, stickers, and pictures of the characters signed by the artist. You can also obtain signed copies of the book, as well as get your name listed in the “thanks” section of it. At the upper end of the contribution curve, you can have four one-hour conferences with the author. If the campaign meets or exceeds its goals, work will immediately begin on the next book.