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A children's book that starts in English and ends in a different language to help kids learn in the most enjoyable way possible.
A children's book that starts in English and ends in a different language to help kids learn in the most enjoyable way possible.
A children's book that starts in English and ends in a different language to help kids learn in the most enjoyable way possible.
1,293 backers pledged £35,846 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! We’re Alex and Jonny, the co-founders of One Third Stories. We're on a mission to inspire more children to love and learn foreign languages. But we can't do that without your help.

We want to make learning a language as simple as reading a story. That means creating a beautiful hardback book that starts in English and ends in a different language by gradually introducing foreign words in easy-to-understand contexts. 

A mock-up of the book featuring Hannah Hutchings' incredible artwork
A mock-up of the book featuring Hannah Hutchings' incredible artwork

You can make that dream a reality by pledging your support. There's a whole load of rewards you can get in return, from a copy of the finished book to voting on your favourite story ideas and helping to shape what we're creating. Even just taking a moment to tell your friends about the campaign would be amazing!

         

It's no secret that languages are pretty amazing. They can improve our minds, give us better career prospects, and help us see the world. Imagine getting all those benefits in childhood!

But lots of kids just aren’t getting a good start when it comes to learning languages. Remember the verb tables, the textbooks stuffed full of grammar and the ‘label everything in your pencil case’ activities? They're still out there and they're still making kids dread their French lessons.

The trouble is that lots of our fantastic teachers are expected to teach foreign languages when they haven’t been trained to do so. Some parents try and help out at home but that can be tricky because they don't speak another language themselves.

The result of all this is that 58% of adults in the UK regret not learning another language when they were younger. That number is only set to get bigger as a whole generation miss out on the gift of another language.

We want to change all of this by combining language education with entertainment. That's why we're making a beautiful hardback book for kids, illustrated by the incredibly talented Hannah Hutchings.

It's designed to help parents and teachers who don't speak another language themselves support their children. It also makes learning a language so enjoyable that the kids will be excited to learn more!

A mock-up of the book featuring Hannah Hutchings' incredible artwork
A mock-up of the book featuring Hannah Hutchings' incredible artwork

Initially, we were only planning to make three versions of the book; one to teach French, one for Spanish, and one for Italian. Thanks to the support of the Goethe-Instiut, the organisation responsible for promoting the German culture and language worldwide, we're delighted to announce that we're going to be making a German version too! If you're interested in purchasing this version, just pledge at the reward tier you fancy and we'll send you a survey at the end of the campaign asking which language version you'd like.

We're also creating an accompanying app - a digital version of the story with narration from a native speaker of each language.

The story itself is all about a little girl who goes outside in a storm to rescue a cat and has all of her words blown away. On her adventure to get them all back, she learns all sorts of new words in a different language.

We know children are going to love this story because over 1500 of them have helped to write it! We took their brilliant ideas and turned them into characters in the book.

 

Throughout the story, we use The Clockwork Methodology®, which we created to make learning a language as easy and enjoyable as possible for kids. Here's how it works...

The Clockwork Methodology® works because it helps children learn a new language in the same way that they expand their vocabulary in their native tongue.

Mixing languages like this might seem strange, but it's not uncommon amongst bilingual people. It's called code switching and studies have shown that exposing children to it can actually have cognitive benefits as they develop strategies to process all that input. 

We’re Alex and Jonny, the co-founders of One Third Stories. We’ve been friends for over 8 years now, and a big chunk of that time has been spent trying to revolutionise the way children learn languages.

That journey started when we were still at school. We set up a Young Enterprise company with some other friends and made a book about a penguin and a little girl who travelled the world learning languages. Parents and kids loved it but we stopped to focus on our A-levels.

Fast-forward a few years, and Alex was busy learning his fourth language, whilst Jonny was studying how children acquire languages at university. It suddenly occurred to us that we had the skills to reinvent our project with The Clockwork Methodology® and make a brand new story!

Yup. That's Alex in the penguin suit.
Yup. That's Alex in the penguin suit.

Why is this project so important to us? Because languages are absolutely amazing and all children deserve the chance to learn them! Alex found this out first hand growing up bilingual in Paraguay. Languages have given him the chance to see the world, make friends all over the place, and resulted in some really exciting career opportunities. 

For Jonny, it was a bit different. Neither of his parents could speak another language and he hated the lessons at school. It was only when he grew up and got the chance to travel that he felt he’d missed out on all the benefits of languages and started learning French again.

One picture that says everything you need to know about Alex and Jonny's differing attitudes to language learning
One picture that says everything you need to know about Alex and Jonny's differing attitudes to language learning

We’re on Kickstarter because we want to make sure that children get a great start in language learning so that they don’t end up regretting missed opportunities like Jonny does. We want them to grow up learning about other cultures and making international friends and discovering all the other benefits that a second (or third or fourth or even fifth!) language can bring.  

Here are a few of the things we're offering as rewards to people who pledge their support in this Kickstarter campaign. Don't forget to keep an eye out for EARLY BIRD OFFERS to get a great discount on the book!

 Here's an example of the sort of thing you can expect from one of our puppet shows...

 ...and a sneak peak at some of the postcards on offer...

 

"Mini me loves this book and he didn’t even notice that I was saying some words in Spanish. It’s definitely a fun and easy way to introduce a new language." 

Lyndsey Edwards - parent, blogger & home educator 

"This is such a fab idea, and feels like a very natural way of learning new vocabulary...It's so much better than endlessly reciting the same thing over and over again, the way so many forays into language learning begin."

Jessica Powell - parent & blogger

"We all know how much our children love stories. By combining stories and languages, they will inspire more children to love languages too."

Nathalie Paris -  Languages teacher at St Mary's RCVA in Durham

"As the story went on and more Spanish words crept in he did question it but was still able to follow what was happening in the story. He’s been repeating his new Spanish words ever since!"

Emma Easton - parent & blogger

“Their stories are amazing! The kids and myself have enjoyed trying them out in lessons, and I think parents and kids will love them as bedtime stories.”

Benjamin Currier- Languages teacher at Mayfield School in Portsmouth

 And then, of course, there's our favourite bit of feedback so far...

 

Here's a quick look at how we'll be spending the money and our timeline for completing the project.

 

Risks and challenges

We’ve been working towards this project for over a year and have done everything possible to minimise the risks involved.

- We’ve found a printer who will produce the books to a high standard and make sure they get delivered all over the world promptly.

- We’ve given ourselves plenty of time to send out the books and fulfil the other rewards by Christmas.

- We’re working with Hannah Hutchings, a ridiculously talented illustrator with heaps of experience, so we know the book is going to look amazing.

- We’re getting advice from senior people in the publishing industry to make sure we can tackle any issues before they even arise.

- We’re using a special piece of software for the app design which allows us to produce it much faster than a normal app.

Thank you so much for your support!

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    Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

    GET YOUR SAY ON THE STORY

    Join the language learning revolution! Not only will you be supporting us, you'll get to vote on which of the children's ideas make it into the story.

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    EBOOK

    Receive the story in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian in PDF or e-pub format.

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    EBOOKS + POSTCARDS

    Receive a selection of postcards of the beautiful illustrations, as well as a digital version of the story in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian in PDF or e-pub format.

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    APPLE APP PACKAGE:

    BOOK + APP + AUDIOBOOK (EARLY BIRD- SAVE £5)

    You will receive the hardback book, accompanying app (FOR APPLE), and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian.

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    BOOK + APP + AUDIOBOOK (EARLY BIRD- SAVE £5)

    You will receive the hardback book, accompanying app (FOR ANDROID), and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian.

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    BOOK + AUDIOBOOK

    You will receive the hardback book and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian.

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    BOOK + APP + AUDIOBOOK

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    BOOK + APP + AUDIOBOOK

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    2 x BOOK + AUDIOBOOK

    You will receive 2 copies of the hardback book and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian. You can even mix and match which versions you get!

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    FRENCH, SPANISH AND ITALIAN BOOKS + AUDIOBOOKS BUNDLE

    You will receive a bundle of all three versions of the hardback book and audiobook. Your child will be well on their way to becoming a polyglot!

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    BECOME A ONE THIRD STORYTELLER AND JOIN THE STORYBOARDING TEAM

    We'll share parts of the book with you as it's created, so that you and your family can provide feedback and shape the story that we write. You'll get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to our progress and share in our creative journey.

    To say thank you for helping us to make something amazing, we'll have your name printed in a special section of the book.

    You will also receive a hardback book and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian.

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    FRENCH, SPANISH, ITALIAN AND GERMAN BOOKS + AUDIOBOOKS BUNDLE

    You will receive a bundle of all FOUR versions of the hardback book and audiobook. Your child will be well on their way to becoming a polyglot!

    The German version of the story has been made available through the support of the Goethe-Institut.

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    BOOK + APP + AUDIOBOOK GIFT EDITION

    Give the gift of another language to a child in your life. You will receive a beautifully wrapped, signed edition of the hardcover book in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian. The package will include postcards, stickers, and a poster, plus you'll also get the audiobook and app.

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    EIGHT BOOKS + AUDIOBOOKS BUNDLE

    You will receive a bundle of 8 hard back books and audiobooks (in any combination). Your children and your friend's children will be well on their way to becoming polyglots!

    French, Spanish, Italian and German available!

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    PERSONALISED PUPPET SHOW + BOOK + AUDIOBOOK

    We'll send you a video of a PERSONALISED language learning puppet show that features your child as one of the characters! You will also receive the hardback book and audiobook in your choice of French, Spanish or Italian.

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    3 PERSONALISED BOOKS FEATURING A CHARACTER YOU DESIGN

    We'll take a character idea from you or your child and turn it into a page in your very own super limited edition 3 book print run! You'll receive these 3 extra special books gift wrapped with postcards, stickers, and posters.

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    GIVE CHILDREN THE GIFT OF ANOTHER LANGUAGE AND DONATE BOOKS TO SCHOOLS

    We'll donate 100 books to a school or organisation of your choice on your behalf. The gift can be shared between up to 3 schools so you can really share the language learning love!

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,188

    GIVE EVEN MORE CHILDREN THE GIFT OF ANOTHER LANGUAGE AND DONATE EVEN MORE BOOKS TO SCHOOLS

    We'll donate 300 books to a school or organisation of your choice on your behalf. The gift can be shared between up to 3 schools.

    In addition to this, Alex and Jonny will visit one of the schools and deliver a workshop on languages and creative writing.

    Please note that if the school is outside of the UK, you'll also have to pay for Alex and Jonny's travel costs.

    A big شكرا from us!

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    BECOME A CHARACTER IN THE STORY

    You or your child can be immortalised as a character in the story. You'll be involved in the design process and decide how you help the little girl get some of her words back.

    We'll also send you 10 copies of the book so you can share your new found fame!

    A big DIOLCH from us!

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