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Introduction

Help your children become smarter and healthier with Ethan and Yarra, the Princes of Pilbarra! These exciting new mascots were created specifically to engage and motivate children like never before, and they couldn't have come at a better time.  

In schools across America, standardized test scores are going down, while obesity rates are going up. Environmental education and nature-based learning have been shown to effectively reverse both of these alarming trends. This is where Ethan and Yarra come in. Their hilarious misadventures in the mythical land of Pilbarra reinforce the importance of outdoor activity, STEM education, and making healthy, responsible choices.  

Ethan and Yarra are the positive role models your children need right now! In fact, Cornell University has conclusively shown that “kids will identify with cartoon characters they like and follow their lead, even if that means eating more vegetables or getting more exercise.” Plus, new evidence suggests that a healthy lifestyle and exposure to nature greatly improves a child's academic performance.

It’s a win-win scenario for kids, parents, and teachers alike!

 

Guarding the Gardens - Book cover
Guarding the Gardens - Book cover

The Book    

Guarding the Gardens - A Princes of Pilbarra story - is a beautifully illustrated 48-page picture book full of quirky characters, hilarious settings, and kid-friendly science. Aligned to National Science Education Standards (NSES), Guarding the Gardens takes children on a fun-filled journey that teaches them the basics of outdoor gardening.

Our Mission  

Pilbarra Books is a fresh new children’s book publisher committed to teaching environmental education to elementary-age children in an innovative, highly-entertaining way.

We believe it is important to cultivate a deep, meaningful connection with the great outdoors. An appreciation for nature can lead to a happier outlook, a healthier lifestyle, a thriving planet, and lucrative careers in STEM-related fields.  

  • That, and more, is why we have developed Guarding the Gardens, the first book in the Princes of Pilbarra eco-adventure series. Once the books are printed, our goal is to get them into supplemental education programs in schools around the country.

The Story  

Pilbarra is a fantastic world full of magnificent natural wonders. But it is under attack by General Borgo and his robot army! He’s invaded the peaceful village of Gardenia, built a robot factory on their farmland, and dammed up their only river. (This can’t be good. Also, did we mention he’s an evil general?)

And it gets worse! You see, even the mighty Guardians of Pilbarra can’t stop him. Something, or someone, has given them amnesia. (And they’re elephants, they never forget anything.) The people of Gardenia are beginning to get very hungry and thirsty! Can anyone save them?

Never fear! The Great King has a Great Plan! (Sounds promising, right?) Ethan and Yarra are on the job! Ethan is the King’s son and is itching to prove himself a worthy prince. And Yarra is the first new Guardian in eons, but has been stuck in the Great Library studying.

Together, they use the powers of science, organic gardening, and teamwork to outsmart Borgo and beat him at his own game! (How do they do it and what happens to Borgo? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!)

 The Characters

Ethan: A ten-year old boy who is a prince in training. Heir to the King’s throne, he must travel across Pilbarra to help and learn about the people he will one day lead. He often acts before he thinks, which usually makes things worse instead of better!

Yarra: Ethan’s best friend and the son of Pilbarra’s Guardian King. As a Junior Guardian, he must prove himself worthy of becoming a prince by defending Pilbarra’s people and it’s natural resources. He is calm and book-smart, but sometimes overthinking things can get him into trouble.

Dr. Borgo: A cyborg gorilla with a bad attitude. (Need we say more?) His goal is to destroy Pilbarra’s natural beauty so that everyone is as miserable as he is. He commands an army of robot minons that do his bidding. Ethan and Yarra spend most of their time going from place to place trying to stop Borgo’s evil plans.

Mona: Mona is the daughter of Gardenia’s mayor, Mayor Mons, and is a little older than Ethan. She helps Ethan and Yarra thwart Bogo’s plans. Plus, she may have a little crush on Ethan.

Lunchbox Characters  

A healthy school lunch keeps within limits of fat intake and reduces the risk of obesity. Processed foods and lunches are high in saturated fats, which can lead to a number of health concerns, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If your child is a picky eater, or someone who like to try cartoon inspired food consider introducing them to the Princes of Pilbarra – Lunchbox solutions by Pilbarra.

Lunchbox Character - Ethan
Lunchbox Character - Ethan

 

Lunchbox Character - Yarra
Lunchbox Character - Yarra

Why Gardening?

There is a lot of bad news in the world of children’s education these days. From rising dropout rates and declining test scores, to reduced classroom engagement and a growing disillusionment with traditional teaching methods. 

Beyond that, there is currently an obesity epidemic among our kids, as well as a general sense of depression and anxiety as modern culture creates an ever-growing disconnect between children and their peers, community, and environment.

And while there is no “silver bullet” solution, there is one area of study that is showing a lot of promise: Garden-Based Learning (or GBL). This is what we hope to encourage and promote with Guarding the Gardens.

Garden-Based Learning itself is a relatively new program where school gardens are used as informal teaching tools. Students who participate in Garden-Based Learning have been shown to:

  • Score significantly higher on achievement tests, due to learning becoming more relevant and hands-on 
  • Become exposed and interested in a vast array of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines 
  • Become more fit and healthy, since activities like digging, raking, and planting require children to go outside and become active 
  • Become more self-confident and empowered due to learning increasingly vital food-growing skills 
  • Become more engaged in the learning process, as they are naturally curious and prefer to learn by doing 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the environment and more of an appreciation for the natural world around them 
  • Better understand the necessity for organic farming and ecological sustainability 
  • Have better access to healthy foods (vegetables from their own gardens) that can lead to healthier lifelong eating habits
  • Better develop important life skills such as teamwork and sharing, as gardening promotes cooperation with peers, family, neighbors, and the community at large 
  • Develop a true sense of pride and accomplishment from building something with their own hands, which also advocates and reinforces the importance of personal responsibility

These are all critical elements necessary for success in a world that’s become more responsible, health conscious, and environmentally aware than ever before.

And that is why one of our primary goals with the production of Guarding the Gardens is to immediately get the book into schools, libraries, and supplemental education programs. The dream is that, through the influence of Guarding the Gardens, elementary schools around the world will come to fully appreciate the benefits of Garden-Based Learning programs for students, families, communities, and the environment.

The Creators

Michael Penman, Author:Michael was the editor and content developer for the award-winning Adventures of Riley ecological picture book series recently published by Scholastic Press. He has worked on projects with the Smithsonian Institution, the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, McGraw-Hill, Becker & Meyer,Regnery Kids, BrightStart Learning, and more.    

Additionally, his book projects have garnered over 50 publishing, education, and parenting awards:

He currently owns and operates his own children’s book writing, editing, and design company, PenmanWorks. You can learn more about him here: www.PenmanWorks.com

 

 

Mangala Wick, Publisher: Mangala’s publishing and research interests lie at the intersection of science, society, and the environment. He has a passion for educating primary school children about nature. Specifically, his focus is on social and ecological sustainability, and how to best approach these topics in teaching and learning environments. Mangala has been in the publishing industry for over 20 years and has recently released an international book series on environmental science covering topics such as sustainable energy, air pollution, waste management, water pollution, and water conservation. These titles were published by a leading children's book publisher, and have been used as supplementary school reading material in the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East. He is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Rewards  

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Guarding the Gardens Coloring Book: A 48-page coloring book containing all your favorite characters and art from the Guarding the Gardens picture book.

Coloring Book Cover
Coloring Book Cover

 

Coloring Book Sample Page 1 of 3
Coloring Book Sample Page 1 of 3

 

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Coloring Book Sample Page 2 of 3

 

Coloring Book Sample Page 3 of 3
Coloring Book Sample Page 3 of 3

Princes of Pilbarra - Organic Cotton Lunch Bag

Why organic cotton lunch bags?   

Today, people the world over are realizing the importance of minimizing the consumption of paper and plastic bags. Plastic bags add to landfills and release harmful chemicals into the soil. And paper bags require the destruction of countless trees. Cotton, though, is eco-friendly, long lasting, and biodegradable.  

We at Pilbarra Books firmly believe in the 'Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce' concept to help sustain our world and maintain Earth's ecological balance. 

Our lunch bags are made from cotton grown organically (no pesticides or fungicides). And sometimes the cotton is even grown without irrigation of any kind. These bags represent the overall environmental message of sustainability that we promote in our Guarding the Gardens book. 

While supplies are still limited, there is no doubt that the spread of organically grown cotton will continue, saving water, soil, and energy, while also reducing chemical pollution.

Where Will the Money Go?

All monies received will go directly towards all production costs, including printing, shipping, distribution, illustrator/editorial fees, and targeted marketing endeavors.

 

Risks and challenges

While we bring an extensive background in printing and publishing to the table, like with any major project, there are always inherent risks that cannot be foreseen in advance. For example, artist schedules can change at a moment’s notice with no warning. Printer and paper delays can crop up at the worst possible times. And since this is a cross-continent endeavor, issues involving communication, logistics, time zones, shipping, etc. are always ever-present. But this is not our first book. Far from it.

We feel we have the process down to a science, and are confident that books and rewards will be delivered on time and as described. We are honest men of integrity, and if this campaign reaches its goal, you will get exactly what you have been promised.

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