Can you handle the cute? New West author inspired by sea otters

Kickstarter campaign backing new children's picture book that will help raise funds for ocean conservation

They’re “easily one of the cutest creatures on the planet," says Stefanie Fields – and they’ve inspired the author to write her fourth children’s book.

The author, originally from Bellingham, now makes her home in New Westminster.

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She’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new kids’ picture book, The Greatest Treasure, illustrated by Heather Gross.

The story synopsis is a simple one: “For Sam the Sea Otter, a priceless family heirloom leads to the best day ever, until a seagull fight changes everything.”

What happens next won’t be revealed, but Fields is promising that young readers will take away a valuable lesson “about not being attached to material things because the most precious things in life aren’t things.”

But the book comes with a warning: cuteness overload.

The Greatest Treasure
The Greatest Treasure is a new offering from local author Stefanie Fields. - Kickstarter

“You take otters, and you add Heather’s amazing illustrations, and you end up with a book that’s so cute we might not be able to handle it,” Fields says in a video on her Kickstarter page.

Money raised in the campaign will go toward artwork, copyrights, distribution, marketing and other publishing costs.

Fields’ future goal is to partner with a big-name publishing house so The Greatest Treasure can get into as many schools and libraries as possible, in Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

A portion of sales from the book will go towards ocean conservation efforts. As of this post, the campaign had already surpassed its funding goal, but Fields noted in a message to the Record that “The more backers we have = the more books we sell = the more money we donate to help clean the ocean!”

Check out for the Kickstarter campaign and information.


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