Al Andrews’ beautiful picture book The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind reminds us of being a child and the adventure of flying a kite with a parent. It’s a great gift for the father in your life, and every book sold benefits a Restore Academy student on the way to college.
A note from Al:
- I remember the days when my sons and I flew kites. I remember the trip to the store to pick them out, the ride to the park, and the “easy to assemble instructions” that always tested my competency. But mostly, I remember the moment that the kites took flight, the thrill on our faces, the fist pumps, and the shrieks.
But kite flying expeditions almost always end in great sadness. And so I was standing there, looking at this kite in the tree and I thought, Why do we do this? Why do we fly kites if they always end up in trees?
Disturbed by my own question, I went back to the office to attempt to answer the question. I sat down at my desk and began writing. Soon I had written a poem that expressed “the reason.” As I wrote, I found that it was about more than the kite. It’s about thrill of the flight, the sorrow of the crash, but mostly it’s about the wind and something that’s bigger than us.
After Al was challenged to dream big (thanks Bob Goff!), the poem turned into a beautiful picture book called The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind. The fun part of the book is that 100% of the net profits of the book go to charities around the world. To date, $35,000 has been donated to various projects!
The current project offers college scholarships to students of Restore Leadership Academy in Gulu, Uganda. Thus far, ten scholarships have been given and for every 50 books sold, another student will get a chance to go to college.
Here’s where you come in. It’s time to buy that Father’s Day gift. Give the gift that gives twice – once to the father in your life and once to the students at Restore Academy. And as a special Father’s Day promotion, each book ordered before June 10 will be signed by the author, Al Andrews.
If you live in Franklin, TN or Nashville, TN, you can purchase books at our featured retailers:
Learn more about The Restore Project here:
A video of the book, narrated by Al: