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On the eve of her eighth birthday, a young frog dreams of her future in Shelley Daniels Lekven’s new book, Lily Pond. Ms. Lekven’s remarkable illustrations – all sculpted by her hand in colored clay – are eye-opening works of wonder and imagination that should make this sweet tale a children’s book classic.

– HENRY SELICK, Director

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Coraline

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Elaborate illustrations and fabulous frogs...

…fill this charming picture book about a little frog’s daydreams and hopes for her future. The scenes were created from colored modeling clay by Shelley Daniels Lekven, a character sculptor on The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story and sculpting supervisor on James & the Giant Peach.

Watch your child excitedly search the scenes to “identify” themselves and their friends among the frogs, or just enjoy discovering something new in the detailed illustrations each time you open the book.

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Indiegogo Campaign

Hardcover editions of LILY POND,  eBooks and posters of the charming cover art are now available for pre-order through the Indiegogo site.

The estimated delivery date of the books is early January 2018. The ebooks and posters will be available early December 2018, in plenty of time for the holidays!

Author/Illustrator

Shelley Daniels Lekven

When I was six, my sister, brother, best friend and I started building a clay town on the dining room table with some old balls of modeling clay. My parents, remarkably, let it stay. “Claytown” thrived and grew to become the centerpiece of our childhoods for ten wonderful years.

Shortly before graduating with a psychology degree from UCLA, I wrote a poem I called “Lily Pond.” It followed the vivid imagination of a little frog daydreaming about her future, with all its possibilities and promise of adventure. Lily considers travels to distant lands, saving lives, fame, acclaim and possible careers all from the safety of her cozy bedroom. I decided the poem would be fun to illustrate in clay for a children’s book, so I set my diploma aside and honed my sculpting skills. My career as a 3D freelance artist in San Diego, New York and Los Angeles led to my work as a character sculptor on The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story, and as the sculpting supervisor on James and the Giant Peach.

I worked on LILY POND’s illustrations as time allowed. Creating the book took much longer than my initial estimate of a “couple of years.” From start to finish, with a lot of living in between, LILY POND took thirty-eight years to birth but I never considered quitting. It’s been a labor of love and now I have the joy of introducing her to the world.

REVIEWS

Years ago, Shelley Daniels Lekven introduced me to the fantastic world of LILY POND, her picture book featuring amazing and whimsical hand sculpted clay scenes, telling the charming story of a little girl frog’s dreams for the future. This is a book you can gaze at repeatedly and always find something new and wonderful. Shelley Daniels Lekven’s immense sculptural and storytelling talent comes through on every delightful page. The world of LILY POND is immersive and joyous. This is a book for everyone.

– KELLY ASBURY, Director
Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Smurfs – The Lost Village

The playful world of LILY POND bursts with childhood joy and imagination, and celebrates a child’s unwritten tomorrows, full of endless possibilities. Shelley is such a gifted sculptor that I knew a book illustrated entirely by her magical all-clay scenes would be something very special. LILY POND is the kind of book that should be out there in the hands of children.

-GREG DYKSTRA, Sculptor
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Finding Nemo, Brave and Up

This lovely book for children, and the child in all of us, provides a totally new and wonderful way of imagining life’s possibilities. The messages of empowerment and inclusion flow cheerfully throughout both the story and its delightful illustrations.

– The Rev. Frank Placone-Willey
Minister, Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I am so impressed by the detail, craftsmanship and thought in this work. A true delight. Genius.

-JENNY SAAR, Artist/Illustrator

My mom sat looking at the castle for an hour.

– Rayna M., age 10

This book makes me feel… happy!

– Denise T., age 50