IMAGINATION! Keepsakes are original local stories for children which started as customizable products. They are written by Jaime Lee Loy and illustrated by Shawn Chong Ashing. These are not simply books, as each product is tailored for a specific child – the illustrations and text on all 40 pages. They each take time to produce and are manufactured with great care, considered a specialty product.
- Each story is based in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Stories aim to educate on local culture, people, or spaces.
- The main character is customizable – name and appearance.
- Siblings and parents, and pets in some stories are customizable.
- The stories are hardcover 8 1/2″ x 11″
- These keepsakes are individually manufactured.
- They are not mass produced or sourced online.
- Produced by award winning artists and illustrators and published authors.
1. LAST SEEN IN TRINIDAD – A local Christmas Story
The main character embarks on an adventure with his/her pet to save Christmas. Santa Claus has gone missing and he was last seen in Trinidad! As they travel from the hills of Paramin to their aunt or uncle’s house for pastelle making, these two adventurers (child and pet ) experience a few things about local Christmas customs.
2. UNDER MY BED – A local Bedtime Story
This local bedtime story unravels age old fears of the dark and monsters, encouraging your child to be less afraid. In this story the main character overcomes their fears of the dark after a harrowing night. In that night the child thinks he/she sees various local folklore characters, having learned about them in school. In the end they all turn out to be shadows in the dark and other things – certainly not monsters! In this story the child will learn basic attributes of 7 main characters including Papa Bois, Mama Glo and La Diablesse.
All keepsakes include:
- A color image of the main character (child) on the back cover
- Customization of the main character to match name of child
- A brief description of the main character, tailored to match the real child
- A brief dedication for the child and wishes from the gift giver
- Already customized illustrations: you can select male or female, skin colour and hair types
Additional Options for both books:
- Dedication page at beginning of book. Colour print on frosted paper at $30
- Personalized Bookmarks that match chosen book – includes child’s name $35
- Bookmarks that match chosen book but without personalization $15
LAST SEEN IN TRINIDAD
- Second main character is also customizable – pet: dog, cat, guinea pig, teddy bear
- Second main character has leading presence in text and in image
- Mention of siblings or cousins in text and in basic image template
- Mother or Aunt appears in one image frame
UNDER MY BED
- Mention of siblings and parents
- Image of mother and father in illustrations or chosen adults such as aunt or uncle depending on family structure – with prominence
HARD COVER BOUND
Full Colour Cover 8 ½ x 11”
Selling Price: $1100
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or via telephone: 868 771 4113/ 221 2840
Write us an email. We will respond with details of payment (account deposits of 50%). We will also send you an order form which will ask for basic information to include in the keepsake. We will also need a photograph for the back cover of the child.
Delivery times: Between 10to 15 working days after deposit and all information is received.