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Chris HallBy Chris Hall
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Chris HallBy Chris Hall
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About

Honeybees!  Those cute little fuzzy-buzzy flying insects with black and yellow stripes.  People don't pay them enough attention these days, which is a shame for all the hard work they've done promoting floral and agricultural diversity the world over through pollination.  And who can forget about the honey?  Mmmmm, honey!

In 2009, directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein reminded the world of the importance of our buzzing friends.  Their documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” was such an inspiration; it was literally the catalyst for us to create a children's book aimed at educating children and their parents about bees, colony collapse disorder, and the harmful effects of pesticides.

There is a serious problem:  Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening one of nature's major sources of pollination for our food supply across the globe.  Something has to be done.  Even though the consequences are dire, we want to create a heartwarming children's book that conveys this important message, and explains the simple and fun everyday things that can be done to improve the health of bees and -- by extension -- improve the health of you, me, and our families.

Our story is about an energetic young girl who LOVES honeybees.  One day when the bees of a nearby hive vanish without a trace, she sets out to discover their fate and along the way learns about colony collapse disorder and, ultimately, what she can do to help her little friends.

The children's book will feature amazing illustrations by Brian C. Krümm, whom I've collaborated with on a variety of successful projects including nine other books.  As for myself, I will be designing the honeybee book and writing the manuscript.  We've spoken to George Langworthy on numerous occasions and are truly grateful for his tremendous support, encouragement, and desire to see this book brought to life. 

*Click here for larger version (© Eco Universal - illustrated by Brian C. Krümm, characters not appearing in Honeybee book)

It's an honor to have so many terrific people supporting our book... which will soon become YOUR book.  So, how can you help?  Your donations will enable us to work full-time on the project and independently write, illustrate, publish and print the story.  We have many fantastic rewards for you including the "Vanishing of the Bees" DVD, in addition to several gifts that will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign such as original signed artwork from the book.  Production time will be about three to four months and we expect to put the book in your hands by early Autumn, possibly sooner.

Please remember that Kickstarter projects require all-or-nothing funding, so we must work together to reach the project goal of $16,000 (or beyond!) to finance this important and fun story.  Join us as we spread awareness about the dangers bees face from pesticides and colony collapse disorder, and excite children about the easy everyday things that can be done to ensure survival of the bees and protect our future.

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Thank you so much for taking the time.  We love and appreciate you all!

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    Prepare yourself for a SIGNED special edition HARDCOVER book which is only available to our Kickstarter donors! Inside you will find a golden seal of gratitude with your name hand-written, specifically thanking YOU for your support. And of course, you receive all previous rewards as well: DVD, 2 SIGNED softcover books, PDF, and web thanks! (Add $12 per additional softcover)

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    For those who demand a life of luxury, we present a high-quality PRINT of original artwork from the book, signed by Brian C. Krümm, accompanied by a mark of authenticity. Availability is LIMITED with only one print per illustration. You also receive all previous rewards: DVD, signed special edition HARDCOVER book, 2 SIGNED softcover books, PDF, and web thanks! (Add $12 per additional softcover)

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    All donors are special, but you my friend, your generosity reaches EPIC levels! Your name will be immortalized within EVERY copy of the book as we credit YOU on the book's acknowledgment page. Now and forever, the world will know of your benevolence and good will. Did we mention you also get: the special edition HARDCOVER, 2 SIGNED softcovers, the “Vanishing of the Bees” DVD, the PDF, and our web thanks? I think we just did… Seriously, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts -- you have made a spectacular difference! (Add $12 per additional softcover)

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    LEGENDARY DONOR! -- Your name will receive special recognition as “HERO” in a place of honor upon the acknowledgment page of EVERY book. You get a special HIGH-QUALITY print of the book's front and back COVER, signed by Brian and I. You'll also receive a new, uniquely numbered COLLECTOR's edition hardcover version of the book, signed by both of us. We'll hand-write a custom dedication to you or anyone you specify. You'll also get the special HARDCOVER edition from the previous reward levels. You will receive “HERO” status on the website's “thank you” page; two SIGNED softcover copies of the book; and of course the PDF. You are the Champion of the bees and will be treated as such! (Add $12 per additional softcover)

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