Native creator is delivering pet love and vacation cheer by January
Writer and jazz singer “Bridget” Burton wants children in La Jolla to have a virtual musical adventure in Hawaii, and that’s exactly what she delivers with the help of a furry counterpart.
Burton, known locally as the La Jolla Community Center’s Marketing Director, Graf Barbara Burton, will personally deliver each copy of Annie Kai Lani Kai Lou: Kauai’s Beloved Puppy purchased in La Jolla by January 31st, as well as a donation the digital version to local non-profit organizations.
The book, published in late 2016, is about “that wild pup in Kauai [Hi.]. She ziplines and surfs and goes to Luaus, ”Burton said.
“Annie Kai Lani Kai Lou” is based on Burton’s two loves: Hawaii and Springer Spaniels.
“My husband and I love Kauai,” she said. “We have a timeshare there. It’s my love My other love is my Springer Spaniel. I’ve had two. The first was Annie; She was the one the original book was named after. I made them Hawaiian and took them to Kauai. “
Burton recorded two jazz vocal CDs in 2004 and 2005 – under the stage name “Bridget” – and said a “natural” extension was for the book to put lyrics together and the book to “sing”.
Now comes a CD companion with each copy of the book, “so the children can read the book and sing the verses,” she said. “It was a natural addition to turn the words into music. Children learn better when it comes to music. “
In autumn 2020, Burton said, it will be time to move on to a digital version. “I had a cartoonist do a little cartoon [Annie] do the hula. We worked to get her to the island of Kauai so you could actually know where she is. The children can learn the geography of Kauai by watching the video. “
Every book purchase also comes with the digital version. During the holidays, she will hand-deliver books bought for La Jollans (masked, with social distancing). “I thought it would be fun because I love La Jolla just to wear a Santa hat and make it fun.” Buyers receive an SMS with a delivery time.
Burton is accompanied on her deliveries by Scarlett, a 3 month old puppy who joined Burton’s family after Annie died in July. Scarlett “will continue the legacy,” said Burton. “She’ll be the mascot.”
Barbara Burton Graf (right) donates copies of her book to the San Diego Rescue Mission. She will donate a digital copy of the book to local nonprofits for each purchase.
Burton said it was “nice to give back” too, and after donating several books to Rady Children’s Hospital, she will donate a digital version of every book purchased to local charities that support children in need like the San Diego Rescue Mission and the Women’s Resource Center.
Those who buy the book will be informed about the organization that benefited from their purchase.
“These books are like a virtual Hawaiian vacation that kids can get,” she said while travel is restricted. “And it gives back at the same time.”
Burton is about to release the sequel to the book, Annie Coming to Maui, which is slated to go fully digital in 2021.
The book is priced at $ 25 and is available at anniekailani.com, along with a digital preview and other purchase options. ◆