Summit County resident and nature photographer John Fielder and Rachel Harris, a 13-year-old middle school student from Littleton, will sign their collaborative children’s book, “Nadia’s Good Deed: A Story About Haiti,” on Friday, July 11, at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco.
The book tells the story of Nadia, a little goat in a small village in Haiti, and aims to spread Harris’ belief that the world could be a much better place if everyone were to do just one good deed. The book was written after Harris and Fielder visited Haiti in August with the Harris family’s Road to Hope Foundation, which invests in water infrastructure and schools in remote Haitian villages, Fielder said.
“Rachel at age 12 pretty much stalked me looking for me to go Haiti with her to help her do a children’s book,” he said. “I say stalk in a comical way; she wrote me a letter and an email and family friends hit me up and finally I had to say yes.”
Proceeds from book sales of “Nadia’s Good Deed” will help to build a school for the children of Nordette in Haiti. The book includes Harris’ story and Fielder’s photos of the Haitian landscape and people, as well as illustrations from Haitian students.
“I took a portable, battery-operated Canon printer, and we printed copies of my photos instantly in this village of 3,000 people in mountains and gave those photos to the school kids, who did artwork of the photos,” Fielder said. “So the book, other than Rachel’s story of an anthropomorphic goat, includes my scenery photos, my people photos and it includes the artwork that the kids did.”
Fielder will also be signing his other books and his just-released 2015 Colorado wall and engagement calendars. He’s in the midst of his Wilderness 50 tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
“Also available at the book signing tomorrow will be the reprinted edition of my book ‘Mountain Ranges of Colorado,’” Fielder said. “And at the end of August I’ll be doing my Wilderness 50 musical slideshow presentation at the pavilion in Silverthorne.”
The photographer said it’s nice to get out in Summit County and see friends.
“This is how I meet the public and promote good ideas like raising money for the very challenged country of Haiti,” he said.