Naio the feather doesn’t quite fit in.
…She stares up at the clouds each morning, feeling lost and out of place. An icy storm sweeps her into the sky where she meets a lost red balloon, and together they discover the truth of who she is and secrets of the clouds.
Two short stories
There are two short stories included in this book. The first is The Big Round Rock in the Sky, a meditation on the moon. Naio the feather and Tama the pebble listen to origin stories of the moon from the perspective of many creatures in the valley: a rock, a firefly, and a moth.
Queen of the Flowerbeds is the story of a small group of plants that float in to the court of Queen Irene, only to find out they aren't welcome. A tale of acceptance and bravery.
“This is a book that should be on every young reader's shelf; and adults should read it out loud, even in quiet moments, and secluded spaces, only to themselves.”
“…the lessons this tiny feather imparts nudges their way into your heart and soul upon the whisper of a soft breeze. You will embrace them fully, and never forget the tiny voice who whispered it all to you, perhaps in a dream.”
“I liked the moth king because he told Luna that we all love your gentle brightness, and please come back. It sounded like they actually loved Luna. At first it seemed liked no one liked her, but then it turned out that everyone loved her.”
“it’s so helpful to read about strong, quiet heroes like Naio who also struggle with real fears.”
“…a tender, lovely, exuberant storybook that reminds one of the true nature of friendship.”
“I loved this story and the underlying theme of acceptance. It feels very familiar and relevant in this moment.”
“I love all the different stories about Luna. It’s a wonderful way to present the idea that we all understand the world through our different circumstances, locations, and experiences.”
Small press, Big dreams
All of my books are printed by Eberhardt Press, an independent printer in Portland, Oregon on a Ryobi 2-color offset press, with a limited run of casebound editions made by Windy Weather Bindery. I love that I'm supporting a small printer and printing in a way that produces a beautiful book.
A Sound Experience
As with the rest of my books, I also record, compose and perform on a companion audiobook — largely unabridged. Available in April 2021. Listen to the opening prologue below, or listen to samplers of the previous to audiobooks: Zosan & Tamaishi.
For more information, check out the Kickstarter campaign or visit iantm.com/books.
Book available in December 2020. Audiobook available April 2021.