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A heroic children's story about a young girl who solves a serious ecological problem!
A heroic children's story about a young girl who solves a serious ecological problem!
63 backers pledged CA$ 3,580 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you all for your support everyone! Thus far, this book project has been featured in the following media:

http://geekclubbooks.com/2014/11/empowering-girls-female-protagonist/ 

http://kitchissippi.com/empowering-girls-julia-cieslukowska/ 

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/books/book-events-from-nov-1 

Hello! My name is Julia Cieslukowska, and I wrote a book called “Sara Stem Saves the Bees” for children aged 2-6. Sara Stem is a heroic young girl who uses her intelligence and the tools around her to rescue her friends and solve a serious ecological problem. Now that the book is officially published, I am sharing the book with children everywhere I can! Check out this collage of a local book reading we did!

Local Sara Stem book reading with puppet at Montessori pre-school!
Local Sara Stem book reading with puppet at Montessori pre-school!

Through Kickstarter, I would like to distribute free copies to as many low-income children as I can in time for Christmas! 

Talented French illustrator and colourist duo Nicolas Garguilo and Aurélie Dubois (with http://www.spiral-multimedia.fr) have done an incredible job bringing Sara Stem to life in 30 pages of illustrations. The cover art was selected by the public through a voting process on the Sara Stem Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sarastemsavesthebees

Sara Stem Book Cover
Sara Stem Book Cover

I chose to write this book in response to what I saw as a lack of positive female protagonists in children’s books. Sara Stem as a character is defined clearly throughout the story by her intellect, resourcefulness and heroism.

Of course, all backers will be rewarded with various prizes. If you do have young children, we encourage you to pledge at least $50 to get your own copy of the book to share with your family! Simultaneously, a second copy of Sara Stem will be given to a low-income child as a result of your contribution. If you are not interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself, but want to pledge sufficient funds to cover at least 1 book for a child in need, we recommend a $35 pledge. 

Thank you all so much for your support. Any donation, big or small, is one step closer to getting free books to low-income children for Christmas!

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are low since the hardest and most time consuming parts of this project are all complete. Both the hardcover and softcover versions of Sara Stem are ready for bulk printing and distribution to low-income families with young children.

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    Pledges of $1 will receive a personalized heartfelt Thank You message from the author!

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    The Child-at-Heart Pledge! $5 or more will receive a huge thank you from the author, including 5 downloadable Sara Stem COLOURING PAGES.

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    The I-Want-to-Find-Out-How-Sara-Stem-Saves-the-Bees Pledge! Just $10 will get you the answer to that question! Reward includes 5 downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages and a PDF COPY of the book!

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    The e-Pledge! Just $25 will get you 5 downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, a PDF COPY of Sara Stem Saves the Bees, and an AUDIOBOOK with the author's voice reading the story!

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    The Family Pledge: $50 or more will reward you with 5 downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, a PDF copy, audiobook, and an exclusive author-signed SOFTCOVER copy of Sara Stem Saves the Bees shipped to your door (including a special note from the author)!

    You will also get a warm feeling deep inside your heart knowing that half of your pledge went to printing, shipping and distributing one whole Sara Stem book for a child in need!

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    The I-Want-It-In-Hardcover Pledge! $75 or more will get you 5 downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, PDF copy, audiobook, and an exclusive author-signed HARDCOVER copy of Sara Stem Saves the Bees shipped to your door (including a personalized note from the author)! Again, you will be rewarded with good karma for pledging enough to ensure access to Sara Stem for low-income children in need!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    The Sara Stem Winner's Pledge! Pledges of $100 will receive 5 downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, PDF copy, audiobook, an exclusive author-signed HARDCOVER copy of Sara Stem Saves the Bees shipped to your door (with personalized note), as well as a PHONE CALL from the author formally welcoming you to the Sara Stem Hall of Fame! Finally, your good karma will be beaming since your pledge will allow three Sara Stem books to be given free to children in need!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $190

    The Be-an-Ambassador Pledge: If there are several young children that you would like to share this book with and want to see first-hand the difference you can make in a child's imagination, be it your grandchildren, daughter, son, nieces, or nephews, pledges of $250 or more will receive downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, PDF copy, audiobook, ONE HARDCOVER and FIVE (5) SOFTCOVER copies of Sara Stem Saves the Bees (all author-signed) to distribute to children in your life on behalf of the Sara Stem initiative as an Official Sara Stem Ambassador, as well as a PHONE CALL from the author welcoming you to the Sara Stem Hall of Fame! International shipping is free!

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $380

    A Champion's Pledge: $500 or more will receive the highest honours, including downloadable Sara Stem colouring pages, PDF copy, audiobook, TWO (2) HARDCOVER and TEN (10) SOFTCOVER copies of Sara Stem Saves the Bees (all author signed), and a PHONE CALL from the author welcoming you as a Champion to the Sara Stem Hall of Fame. The First backer to pledge $500 will also receive a CUSTOM SHORT STORY (1000 - 2000 words) written by the author, starring your very own child or anyone of your choice. International shipping is free!

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