The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures in SustainAbility

Book Cover

ACTION CHILDREN'S FAMILY ADVENTURE FABLE ADVENTURE FAMILY FANTASY CHILDREN'S

Contemporary

Jill Regensburg

Logline

A lonely little dandelion, displaced from her idyllic meadow by a clear cutting bulldozer, finds her way to a sustainable family farm where she puts down new roots. We encounter from her vantage point what daily life is like for the human and animal inhabitants of a working organic homestead.

Genre

Action, Children's, Family, Adventure, Fable,Adventure,Family,Fantasy,Children's

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

1) A beautiful meadow buzzing with bees, twittering birds, scampering animals, and lots of wildflowers and ancient apple trees. 2) A small sustainable family farm/homestead.

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: EarthWardProject

Year Published: 2017

Starting Description

A once idyllic meadow, home to animals, birds, insects, ancient apple trees and wildflowers is clear cut by a loud, smelly, bulldozer, to make way for new construction. Miraculously, one lonely little dandelion survives. When her golden petals turn to white fluff she goes in search of a new home.

Ending Description

Our heroine flourishes, and is soon joined by many other dandelions in her new environment. By contributing their edible flowers and leaves to the farm family's daily menus (as well as medicinal needs) they help to ensure a promising and bright sustainable future for Planet Earth.

Group Specific

Environmental students of all ages.

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9780998459608

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Twist

Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: The Lonely Little Dandelion

Age: young

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming, Heroic, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Perseverance,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Visionary,Complex,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mother

Age: 30ish

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Engaging, Aspiring, Perseverance, Skillful, Charming, Confident, Educated,Skillful,Educated,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Father

Age: 35ish

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Skillful, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Aspiring, Charming,Aspiring,Masculine,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Flexible,Visionary,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: 2 boys

Age: 12,8

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Educated,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Obedient,Engaging,Flexible,Educated

Logline

A lonely little dandelion, displaced from her idyllic meadow by a clear cutting bulldozer, finds her way to a sustainable family farm where she puts down new roots. We encounter from her vantage point what daily life is like for the human and animal inhabitants of a working organic homestead.

Short Summary

A once idyllic meadow, home to animals, birds, insects, ancient apple trees and wildflowers is clear cut by a loud, smelly, bulldozer, to make way for new construction. Miraculously, one lonely little dandelion survives. When her golden petals turn to white fluff she goes in search of a new home.


Our heroine flourishes, and is soon joined by many other dandelions in her new environment. By contributing their edible flowers and leaves to the farm family's daily menus (as well as medicinal needs) they help to ensure a promising and bright sustainable future for Planet Earth.

Development Pitch

An animated color film short with a narrator (7-12 minutes long) that is fun, adventurous, engaging and informative. A quality educational teaching "tool" appropriate for grades 1-5.

About The Author

As a Certified Permaculture Designer Jill's focus is on creating sustainable, organic indoor and outdoor spaces for living and growing food. She created and, for many years, lived on a homestead in Vermont, such as the one described in the book. As a Natural Foods Chef/teacher & Restaurateur she is passionate about preparing and eating organic, local seasonal food and embracing an earth-friendly lifestyle. As a mother and grandmother, she believes that inspiring young students to embrace ecologically sound environmental practices is the key to saving Planet Earth. Jill's practice of Permaculture (Permanent-Agriculture) takes its cues from and imitates Nature. The tenacity of her little dandelion "guru" inspired this contemporary fable.

Core Theme

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Characters

Main Character

Name: The Lonely Little Dandelion

Age: young

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming, Heroic, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Perseverance,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Visionary,Complex,Heroic

Character 1

Name: Mother

Age: 30ish

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Engaging, Aspiring, Perseverance, Skillful, Charming, Confident, Educated,Skillful,Educated,Leader

Character 2

Name: Father

Age: 35ish

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Skillful, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Aspiring, Charming,Aspiring,Masculine,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Flexible,Visionary,Educated

Character 3

Name: 2 boys

Age: 12,8

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Educated,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Obedient,Engaging,Flexible,Educated

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