Yeti Leaves Home: A Children's Book by Jennifer Campbell and Troy Harris

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Courtesy of Jennifer Campbell and Troy Harris
An illustration from Yeti Leaves Home
There's a time in everyone's lifespan when they must buck up, journey from the nest, and make their way in the world. It's one of the hallmarks of growing up and is at the very heart of Yeti Leaves Home, a new children's book being developed by local artists Jennifer Campbell and Troy Harris.

It's a colorful tome that features a touching coming-of-age tale about an adolescent creature that's trying to make his way in the world.

"The story is about a Yeti, and he's searching for his new home," Campbell says. "He's grown up and looking for a place of his own. And [the book] is about his journey and all the people he meets along the way."

Campbell and Harris have gone through a tumultuous journey of their own creating the 45-page book over the past few months and attempting to get it published. But if the pair are unable to drum up enough funding via Kickstarter by the end of this week, they're journey might not have a happy ending.

As of this writing, Campbell and Harris are approximately $1,500 short of meeting their goal of $5,000, which includes the cost of publishing Yeti Leaves Home as well as shipping fees and rewards for those who contributed to the project. The deadline for their Kickstarter fundraising efforts is this Sunday.

"We're not really profiting off from this project. Everything is going straight into printing and straight into making the rewards as well," Campbell says. "How Kickstarter works is that if you don't raise the whole [amount], then you don't get anything at all. That's why we're a little nervous since there's less than seven days left."

They're nervous, but also optimistic that their coming-of-age tale has enough appeal to generate enough support to reach their goal. After all, leaving home is a milestone that everyone has faced.

Harris, a 32-year-old wordsmith and filmmaker who wrote the book, states in the video on the project's Kickstarter page that Yeti Goes Home embodies this transitional period in life.

"I think if maybe you were to sum up growing up into one simple phrase, it would be a gradual increase in learning how to become independent," Harris says. "And I think that's sort of what this book parallels in Yeti's travels."

Campbell says that the book embodies the spirit of similar children's books like Dr. Seuss' renowned Oh, the Places You'll Go and was created with both children and adults in mind.

"We were trying to do it so it would be good for all ages, so parents could read it to their kids or give it to young adults as graduation presents...that kind of thing. So adults could relate to it as well as children," she says. "We've all had our own struggles of trying to make it on our own and find our place that feels like home."


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