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Ruth BradfordBy Ruth Bradford
First created
Ruth BradfordBy Ruth Bradford
First created
S$ 4,640
pledged of S$ 15,000pledged of S$ 15,000 goal
84
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 31 2017 1:10 AM UTC +00:00

About

Where it began

Whilst pregnant with my son in 2016, I was searching for some well designed, interesting baby books that would be suitable from birth to help his development. An added bonus if it was linked to Singapore somehow.

Searching online and in the local bookstores I was really underwhelmed by the books on offer. Nothing really appealed to me and I felt there was a big missed opportunity to create something special linked to the region I have called home for the past 6 years.

Where I started

After chatting with my husband, we thought we would give it a go! The first 3 books I have created encapsulate animals and wildlife from Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa, places dear to our hearts from our travels.

About the Books

Eyesight in young babies is limited for the first months of their life. Their eyes are fully developed, however, their brains are not yet mature enough to process all of the things they see.

So it is believed the most effective images for young babies to look at to help their development are high contrast shapes and patterns. And what could be more high-contrast than black and white?

Each book has 12 animals, in black and white, native to the specific region, with the name on the left hand page. I wanted to keep it super simple, clean, but fun. Something I would enjoy looking at as much as my little boy would.

Creating a Range of Products

To compliment the first book in the series, Southeast Asia, I have developed a set of flash cards. There are many baby flash cards on the market but I wanted to make these more than just images to hold up, I wanted them to be interactive and suitable for a range of ages. Sometimes it can be hard to continually think of things to chat to very young children about all day, so each animal card comes with an interesting fact or two you can read aloud to younger babies and a question or task you can ask toddlers to act out. Hopefully adults will find them interesting too!

I have also created a number of limited edition prints, each showing 4 animals, that are perfect to decorate a nursery or playroom. They are designed to fit the square IKEA Ribba frames so it's easy to get them up on the wall.

Giving Something Back

We strongly believe in encouraging conscious consumerism where people and planet can benefit. Which is why 25% of my profits will go directly to helping animal and conservation charities. Additionally, each book and paper product will be printed on FSC certified paper using soy ink.

The long term ambition is to create a range of books and illustrations from all around the world and be able to contribute a significant amount to charity.

This project is inspired by our son, Edward for whom I wanted to create fun, unique books for him to enjoy and stimulate his early development. We wish him to grow up appreciating nature and protecting the wildlife in the world around him.

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Rewards

By backing my project you will have the opportunity to purchase the very first print run of all three books, individually or as a set. 

 

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You can also purchase the interactive flash cards which come as a set of 12 in a sturdy, jungle covered box.

 

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 The prints look great in 230x240mm square frames.

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Testimonials

I gave a few copies to friends who had little ones around the same time as I did, before I had decided to sell them, as a unique and personal gift. Their feedback has been so encouraging, here's some of the lovely things they had to say!

 

 And of course my folks have nothing but good things to say :)

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Risks and challenges

The artwork is completed, ISBN numbers purchased, printing company researched and on standby...I'm so close to hitting the 'go' button. It really comes down to your support to help fund the production run.

The print process is estimated to take between 8-10 weeks including delivery to me and then I will need to package the individual orders ready to ship to you. My aim is to get the books to you as fast as is possible, because no one likes to wait for these things but to makes sure everything reaches you in tip top fashion I am estimating a further 4-6 weeks for this phase. Should there be a delay in the schedule I will keep you up to date with any changes to the timelines as soon as I am aware of any issues.

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    Special digital edition

    A massive thank you for your support and a virtual high 5! Plus a special digital book created bespoke for wonderful Kickstarter backers, not available anywhere else. It will include all of the animals from the three books in the series plus a few special guests too! Formatted for iPad/tablets.

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    Book 1: Amazing Animals Of SE Asia

    The original and first book in the series. 12 black and white illustrations of animals from the region printed on FSC certified board with soy ink, to create a chunky, fun book to look at with your little ones.

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    Book 2: Extraordinary Animals from Oz

    The second book in the series. 12 black and white illustrations of animals from the region printed on FSC certified board with soy ink, to create a chunky, fun book to look at with your little ones.

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    Book 3: Spectacular Animals from Africa

    The third book in the series. 12 black and white illustrations of animals from the region printed on FSC certified board with soy ink, to create a chunky, fun book to look at with your little ones.

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    Animals of South East Asia Flashcards

    The 12 animals that appear in the book as a set of interactive flash cards for you to hold up. Each card comes with a fascinating fact and an interactive question or challenge on the back, so you can show and tell with your baby or toddler.

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    Limited edition print

    Collage of 4 animals from Southeast Asia as a print to hang on a nursery or playroom wall. The prints fit Ikea frame Ribba (230x230mm). Printed on FSC certified paper using soy ink. Frame not included.

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    Set of 3 books

    Get all 3 books in the series. Each contains 12 black and white illustrations of animals from the region printed on FSC certified board with soy ink, to create a chunky, fun book to look at with your little ones.

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    Set of 3 books plus flashcards

    Get all 3 books in the series and a set of 12 interactive flash cards featuring animals of Southeast Asia.

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    Southeast Asia gift set

    Animals of Southeast Asia book, the set of interactive flash cards and 3 hand numbered limited edition wall prints.

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