Stand and Deliver

'Stand and Deliver' is an original idea to produce a way of positive interaction and relationship building with absent family members using a physical book and incorporated bookstand over a webcam.

Introduction

The 'Stand and Deliver' project consists of a cardboard postal mailer which converts into a book stand which is combind with a coil or spiral bound book designed to read on both sides when used with a webcam or with a group of listeners. 

For example, the initial  associated book ‘Tell Tales Online’ (TTO) includes an activity section of models to make, original stories, an alphabet and numbers, all for under 10s. The models can be scanned in and emailed or posted, or printed by cloud-printer and children) and the reader can make them together. Using the stand, this section can be viewed by both the reader and the listening children over a webcam, so that the children can see the illustrations and an abbreviated version of the story, whilst the reader is reading the full story and can see the same illustration simultaneously. This is much easier than constantly turning the book backwards and forwards whilst holding it up! And more fun!  

In addition, ‘TTO’ has Reader’s Guide on Safety online, the Technicalities of the equipment used, Story-telling and Reading and age-related games to play. 

About me 

I’m a published author, writer and teller of children’s stories (for under 10s), member of Bradford Writers Circle, member of The Society for Story-telling. 

I’m also retired, with 4 grandchildren between 1 year old and 11 years old, none of who live near enough to see frequently – except over the net! I read stories, make up new ones, play games and passionately believe that other absentee parents, grandparents, family and friends should also be able to enjoy such a good relationship in a similar way. 

I devised this system to help me and want to share it with others.  Other books can be designed for use with the system as described below.

 
I want to do

Well, what I’d really like to do is see the idea introduced more commonly as I feel it is a system which has much wider applications for nursery, playgroup and school staff as well as for people with distinct health needs, such as people reading in Braille or using sign language, but working with others not so familiar with those languages – so one side could show the symbols and one the more usual text. It could also be used for people with reading difficulties or memory loss and to help stroke survivors to regain language skills using images on one side and words on the other or those with limited use of their hands.
But in order to achieve this I have to launch the project successfully! My book, Tell Tales Online’ is the main vehicle for this. I built on my previous book ‘Tell Tales (Feb 2015) which is available through http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/ and through Amazon books and Kindle. It has been very well received and I am giving story-telling sessions at schools and at literary festivals and other events as a result. Please do look on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Telltales2kids/ and my website http://www.telltales2kids.com, to learn more about it and see what you think! It will give you a feel for the new book as well as the existing one. On Kindle you can 'Look inside'. The books retail at £9.99 for ‘Tell Tales’ (p&p £1.70) and £11.99 for ‘Tell Tales Online’ (p&p £3.00) but will be available directly from me, or through Beaten Track Publishing at £20 plus postage (also £3.00 UK) for both. 

‘Tell Tales’ helps people learn how to tell original stories and has lots of examples, ‘Tell Tales Online’ expands on this to allow the pleasure of reading, telling stories, making things and playing together to take place at a distance too. 
Imagine the delight of enjoying this time together! 
 

Why do I need your support

I had this idea some time ago and so have researched it very carefully and cannot find another example which does the same thing. The stand is a very simple design which starts off life as the mailer (package) the book is delivered in, but once carefully opened it can be easily folded into a bookstand which firms up as the weight of the flap presses down on the base and the (spiral-bound) book then rests comfortably on top, enabling the pages to be turned easily for dual-viewing. Of course, the pages have to be printed in a slightly different order for this to work. I have registered the design (No. 5000121) and applied for the trademark for ‘Stand and Deliver’ system which is out for public scrutiny.


But apart from the direct production of the books there are additional expensive costs:-
• Plates cut to make the box/bookstand design
• Production of the stand
• ISBN number 
• Registered Design
• Trademark 
• Postage 

These come to just over £750 and are mostly one-off payments, but they are too expensive to add onto the costs of the book so I am seeking separate funding for them and would be very grateful for your support. 

 

Rewards 

Much of this work is already in hand and I would be happy to supply further information through my website. But the project does need some funding support to ‘get there’ and I would like to offer the following rewards as a thank-you, anything you pledge is greatly appreciated. So, of course, for everyone, an individual thank you on my website (unless state that you don't wish to be named).

 

Plus

• an individual bookmark  with an image from the book - £10 or less

• a full set of 6 bookmarks and an invitation to any events, such as festivals and story-telling workshops - £15

• a copy of either book £20

a designer story for your individual child/children and a book £30

• a copy of both books - £40

• for large donations  (£50+) - a combination of rewards  or an online story-telling session or training session up to 1 hour, for the school or event of your choice. I could offer this to English speakers abroad also. 

 

 

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Here’s an extract from a story in the book called “Joshua’s Birthday Surprise!” I’ll add a bit each day. If you were using the book on the stand, the viewer would see a picture like this and a few words, for each page and the reader would see the full story.  

Come back tomorrow for the next part.

Please don’t forget to pledge! Thanks!

 

 

Joshua’s Birthday Surprise

It was Joshua the elephant’s birthday but it looked like no-one else had remembered.  He got up and went into the kitchen, his friend Freydo the donkey was sitting there.  Freydo said a cheery “Good morning!” to him but didn’t say “Happy Birthday!”  Now Joshua was really disappointed, he was right! Nobody, not even his best friend, had remembered. He got a slice of toast, but forgot to put butter on it, and sat down, with a sad thud, on the chair.  

 

Freydo looked surprised and worried.

“What’s the matter, my old mate, on this lovely sunny day?” he asked.

“Huh! Old!“ said Joshua, feeling sulky.

 

“No, tell me, please” said Freydo. Joshua told him it was his birthday and he had not got one single card, and no present; no-one had remembered it at all.

 

Now Freydo was a very quick thinker, which means he could solve problems quickly, but he also didn’t mind telling a little fib (only a little one) if he thought it might help! Quick as a flash he said, “No, Joshua, that’s not true!  I just didn’t wish you Happy Birthday because I didn’t want to spoil your surprise!”

 

“A Surprise! What surprise?” said Joshua who was very excited now. “Well, your surprise party of course“ Freydo replied. “A Party!” Joshua was delighted. 

 

“Yes” said Freydo “I’ll take you there now, but we’ve got a few items we need to get on the way!” 

 

“Ooh, where is it?” asked Joshua but Freydo refused to tell him “You’ll see!” he said “that’s the surprise!”  

 

 

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Joshua’s Surprise Party, part 2

They set off as quickly as they could down the road until they came to a card shop. 

 

“Just wait here, - and no peeping when I come out!” said Freydo. Joshua waited patiently whilst Freydo went in to the shop and bought 6 birthday cards, some wrapping paper, a big pen, and some coloured ribbon.  Dilly the Duck owned the shop and asked him why he was buying so much, whilst she put all the things into a bag.

 

“It’s Joshua’s birthday and we’re having a surprise party NOW! Are you coming?” “Yes please!” said Dilly and came out of the shop with Freydo and locked the door.

 

They popped the shopping on Joshua’s back then the three of them walked a little bit further and came to the cake shop.

 

Come back tomorrow eo see who runs the cake shop...

And don’t forget to help the project with funding (and claim your reward) and/or like, comment and share your thoughts on the page.

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Joshua’s Surprise Party Pt 3 :

“Just wait here, - and no peeping when I come out” said Freydo. Joshua and Dilly waited patiently whilst Freydo went in to the shop and bought a big birthday cake and lots of small buns with icing on, some sandwiches and some crisps.  Berny the Baker (who was a little dog) owned the shop and asked him why he was buying so much, whilst he put all the things into a bag.

 

“It’s Joshua’s birthday and we’re having a surprise party NOW! Are you coming?”

 

“Yes please!” said Berny and came out of the shop with Freydo and locked the door.

 

 

They popped the shopping on Joshua’s back then the four of them walked a little bit further, went round the corner and came to the toy shop.

 

Come back tomorrow and see what toys Freydo buys!

 

Thanks for reading this little story, I hope you are enjoying it.

Please support my project by funding the production of the stand, liking the page, commenting and sharing.

 

 

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Latest news: Well folks, I’d better tell you that I am running two workshops at the fabulous Cleckheaton Literature Festival on Saturday 30th April. You’ll find me Heckmondwike library from 1pm until 3pm and then at Cleckheaton Library from 4pm until 6pm. Both will help adults develop or expand their skills in making up stories for children aged between 3-9 years of age. My new book  ‘Tell Tales Online will be featured and you’ll be able to see just how the ‘Stand and Deliver’ concept works.  Accompanied children are welcome and will be able to join in with some of the activities and enjoy the stories. http://clecklitfest.co.uk/ Spread the word – it’s going to be even more fun than last year!

 

Here is part 4 of Joshua’s Surprise Party – did you guess who owns it and what toys Freydo might have bought?

 

“Just wait here, - and no peeping when I come out” said Freydo. Joshua, Dilly and Berny waited patiently whilst Freydo went in to the shop and bought a toy train set, some balloons and a trumpet. Tammy the cat owned the shop and asked him why he was buying so much, whilst she put all the things into a bag.

 

“It’s Joshua’s birthday and we’re having a surprise party NOW! Are you coming?”

 

“Yes please!” said Tammy and came out of the shop with Freydo and locked the door.

 

They popped the shopping on Joshua’s back then the five of them walked a little bit further, went round another corner and came to the book shop.

 

Well – the best is yet to come as you will love who runs the book shop! What books do you think Freydo will choose for Joshua – can you suggest a title?

 

Come back tomorrow to find out – in the meantime, pledge, like, share and comment on the ‘Stand and Deliver’ project it really needs your support to grow and succeed! Thank you!

 

 

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Pt 5 Joshua’s Surprise Party

 

The book shop

“Just wait here, - and no peeping when I come out” said Freydo. Joshua, Dilly, Berny and Tammy waited patiently whilst Freydo went in to the shop and bought a little book called “The Big Book of Elephant Adventures”, one called “Swimming and Squirting Lessons for Elephants” and one called “The Little Book of Elephant Surprises”, which was the biggest of them all! Sam the snake owned the shop and asked him why he was buying so much, whilst he put it into a bag.

 

 

“It’s Joshua’s birthday and we’re having a surprise party NOW! Are you coming?”

 

“Yes please!” said Sam and came out of the shop with Freydo and locked the door. They popped the shopping on Joshua’s back then the six of them walked a little bit further, went round another corner and came to –

 

Joshua and Freydo’s house!!!

 

Well, why would they end up there – what will happen next? Come back tomorrow to find out just how the story ends.

 

In the meantime, please read about the project and make a pledge, big or small – I’ve got plenty of rewards for you by way of thanks!

YOU can also help by following the page, sharing with others and by letting me know what you think of it.  I hope that in 5 years time, when it is one of the most well known projects, you’ll be delighted to say “I was part of that... they couldn’t have done it without me!” –  or something like that!  Thank you!

 

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Joshua’s Birthday Surprise

Part 6

 

“That’s our house” said Joshua “I thought we were going to a surprise party!” he was beginning to feel disappointed again.

 

“No!” shouted Freydo, “That is the surprise, open the door and let’s all go in”. So they took the parcels off Joshua’s back “No peeping” said Freydo. In they all went and whilst Joshua and Sam put the food on the table, Freydo got everyone else to wrap up the toys and the books and write the cards. Dilly carried the cake and cards into the room and everyone else carried the presents and the balloons.

 

 

“Surprise!” they all shouted and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ very loudly. Joshua was so pleased he hugged them all with his trunk and then gave them a lift round the room on his back.

 

“That was a lovely surprise “ he said “What a lovely birthday!”

 

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Well, there you are!  I hope you and your young ones have enjoyed the story!

 

If you were reading it from ‘Tell Tales Online’ you would place the book on the ‘Stand and Deliver’ stand with a large copy of the picture and a few words facing the child and the full text plus a small picture facing you.  Then you could read the story whilst they looked at the picture and if they were readers or learning to read they could read the short text as part of the story too.

 

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Hi folks, I had two enjoyable workshops at Cleckheaton Literature Festival and people were very enthusiastic about the new book. The children joined in enthusiastically and produced some lovely stories and I was delighted to hear one girl ask her dad as she left if she could continue the story at home and could she alter it - the dad,  with an enthusiastic grin said "Of course you can!" Job done! :-)


I'm beginning to get a good feeling about the idea and would love to develop it further but still need to ask for your support. 

Please could you, comment, pledge ,follow and share? There are plenty of rewards for those of you able to help. Bookmarks, Copies of one or both books, designer stories and even story-telling at your event - maybe to help you raise money for something else. If you've already supported me then thank you so much! No need to do so again  but I hope you’ll enjoy the freeby for today – it’s a dice, one of the models from the book;  you just need to print it out (maybe colour it in first), fold along all the lines and glue the thin edges then press them inside the opposite number – you’ll see what I mean when you are doing it but basically you are making a cube! Enjoy!

 

 

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So who is this Julie Pryke person anyway?

I bet some of you really do want to know a bit more! Here I am – the person who’s been telling you all about my fund-raising effort for my project ‘Stand and Deliver’.

 
I’m retired, from Yorkshire, a Mum to 3 fab sons, and a ‘Nana’ to 4 gorgeous kids – Thomas & Fini in Germany and  Kian and Ayla in Birmingham. 

I try to visit them all regularly and when I can’t I talk to them using Skype as I think it’s really important that they know all their absent family and not just our names. 

I stated telling stories to Thomas (almost 12) when he was very tiny and it became a regular request from him by the time he was about 18 months old. It then spread to the other 3 as they came along. 

I found that I could tell very quick ones – to satisfy the immediate need – by looking around me and spotting items I could bring to life – for example a wooden cat who became a pirate, a tree trunk which looked like the back of a dragon , it was so scaly. I would include the child in the adventure – as the hero/heroine of course . Then I started adding a magic version of me to help get us out of the scrapes I’d invented. 

I can help you get started in the same way and would love to do so as I believe everyone can tell tales – but some people just don’t realise they have those skills yet, or lack the confidence  to do it.  

PLEASE let me help you by following my blog on http://www.telltales2kids.com/  


OR on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Telltales2kids/


AND on my Leocrowd page http://www.leocrowd.com/projects/22/ - this page has a longer story ‘Joshua’s Birthday Surprise’ and a model you can make with/for your  family.  Have a look and come back tomorrow for more! 

 

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Hey! have you seen this video - my grandson Thomas offered to interview me an helped with my previous project but this video still tells you about the stand and the book together so I thought you might enjoy it.   


and there are more details on http://www.leocrowd.com/projects/22/

 

 

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