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A genuine, hand-painted, interactive children’s story for iPad, to teach children and parents about sustainability.

An interactive children’s story for the iPad, which aims to teach children and their parents about sustainability. A lyrical, engaging story, with hand-painted illustrations, carrying a special message for children aged 8+ about the complexity of the global wonders and problems of our world.

What drove us to create this story and application is our faith that we must preserve a beautiful, healthy and resourceful planet for our children. We believe that people have no other choice but to learn sustainability, to learn to live in harmony with the Earth. As parents, we feel responsible to educate our children to this challenge. Growing the understanding, and shaping the attitude of children, the growing-up generation is key to their future.

Our aim with this app, beyond the fun of course, was to provide a tool for parents to discuss issues with their children around sustainability. It is a really complex concept, and we found it tricky to talk to our children about it. But, through the power of a good story, we hope to make it easier for you.

Thus we created this app:

  • for children who would like to grow up to see fresh white snow, rainforests and coral reefs buzzing with life, and are willing to make an effort for it;
  • and for parents who would like their children to see fresh white snow, rainforests and coral reefs buzzing with life - and are willing to answer uncomfortable questions in return, such as: “Daddy, why do we have two cars, they exhale 39457093 tonnes of CO2 every year?!”.

The Story

A series on sustainability: This app is the first episode of a series. Its main characters are four children, each from a different corner of the world - South, North, East and West -, also representing a different element: Fire, Water, Wind and Earth. They lead us through the episodes, each of which tackles an issue related to sustainability.

Scent of a Japanese home: The stories are partly based on my travel experiences, in rural schools in India, among street children in Rwanda, in Ireland, South-Italy and Japan. I wanted to grab the little things that furnish everyday life - how a morning smells, how the air tastes, what is the melody of people chatting, what routines make the day, what habits people have, what makes them happy... I wanted to write stories that make children curious about other children's lives. Stories which give an opportunity to learn and re-think our world and become engaged with the world of others.

The App for thinkers: This first one is about the giant jellyfish at the Japanese coasts who make life difficult for the local fishermen. Starting from this situation, a web of causes and consequences fold out... The story, while pulling the reader in, conveys a subtle yet powerful message on sustainability. We wish to introduce the true face of sustainability, the complexity, the interconnectedness, the far reaching impacts and reactions. Our goal is to trigger real understanding, system thinking, rather then oversimplifying to messages like “don’t litter”... While enjoying the story, effortless learning takes place. We hope to initiate questions, generate discussions, and inspire change in choices our readers make.

This is why this app is not for small children. It is for children ready for abstract concepts, ready to accept that something and its opposite can be true at the same time, and able to live with the anxiety of not having a complete and immediate solution at all times.

The App

A touch of reality: I have always been drawn to things tangible, things I can touch with my hands. I studied printmaking, etching which is a slow process, especially in this rapid world. When I am sooting a copper plate, I do it exactly the way Rembrandt did it 400 years ago. (This is probably the only thing Rembrandt and I have in common.) So even if the iPad isn’t a piece of fine paper I decided to create the illustrations for the story on fine paper, painted with a brush, ink and watercolor. Let’s keep things real.

Interactivity: Enjoy the many magical interactions the screens offer - surprise, surprise...! - tap and touch, open and close, pull and push, blow and shake!

But we offer more than that: our app initiates interaction between child and parent. Your child is guaranteed to involve you into reading this story with her/him. There is a lot of information in just one story, although we did our best to smooth it as much as not to make the story too ‘heavy’. But your child will have questions, will ask for explanation at different points, and will be interested in your opinion. Be ready for it, enjoy it, be in interaction! A family app, for you!

What we need and what you get

We have the story of the first episode done, as well as the visual concept and a number of the 40+ screens. Now, while I continue drawing/painting the screens, we need a programmer who can help us make the most spectacular, most creative iPad children’s book ever. We will use your money to pay for the programming, buy music and sound effects.

All or nothing: Kickstarter works with the principle“all-or-nothing”. If our project does not reach its funding goal before time runs out, no money changes hands. So your credit card will only be charged if we reach 12.500 by the end of our campaign. Please, help us achieve it!

What about rewards? As I mentioned above, I prefer things tangible. I like to touch things, and I know children do, too. In this virtual world they remind us that life is still real. So we decided to offer you rewards - other than THE APP itself - that you can hold in your hand, that are good to hold in your hand, AND that are made by hand - my hand, mostly. This is indeed the expression of my highest appreciation and thanks: by making a reward to each one of my backers by my own hands. I hope they convey the message of our heartfelt thanks to you!

Rewards:

INORI'S SURPRISE to make you smile! For Android-devotees, or if you don't have an iPad at all but you would like to encourage us. Come on the team!

The IPAD APP itself, with the full 1st episode! 40+ screens of beautiful illustrations, creative interactions, and an engaging story that brings the colors and fragility of our world to your children's hands.

A great little ‘Thank you from the 4 elements’ CERTIFICATE for your child - that you can print and hang in the room! Your children can become part of the great team with Ziemelu, Amihan, Kusini and Talamh to follow their exciting journeys!

Exclusive desktop WALLPAPERs for your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device (with or without the logo of the app)! We'll make a selection available for our backers soon after the campaign is over!

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

THE LANTERN OF KUSINI - Kusini is the Child of Fire, representing South in our story. She inspired the lanterns with the two firebirds flying towards the sun. Designed by the illustrator, laser-cut in limited numbers.

One exclusive (only for our kickstarter backers), premium T-SHIRT with vivid illustrations from the story! Cecilia will adapt illustrations from the story and we'll offer these up on our G+ for voting, so the best get created and sent out to our backers!

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

Handmade, Japanese-bound NOTEBOOK, made by the illustrator with design from the story! Great to keep your journal, or a special gift! Each and every book will be made entirely by hands, which takes a lot of work, but the result is really special, and it is fun to make - you should try it too :)

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

You can BECOME A LITTLE CREATURE in the iPad App! I will hide your name (or the name of your child, friend, grandma) in a fish, a bird, a rock, a building, or a plant on one of the screens! Send us a message with the NAME I should draw into a creature! Limited to 35 backers, so act fast!

Limited edition, super-high quality PRINT with LETTERPRESS frame on premium heavy paper, signed by the author! A truly spectacular piece for your wall! (We haven't actually decided how this will look like, but have already lined up a great letterpress studio in Dublin to help us with the final steps of this - and their work is simply breathtaking!)

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

Handmade, hand-painted and goldened set of HANGING ORNAMENTS (set of 4 - representing the four elements), designed and created by the illustrator!

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

Super-limited edition, handmade STAMPING SET for children (set of 12), on hand-painted wooden blocks, in authentic Japanese style, with symbols from the story. Designed and created by the illustrator of the story!

Note: this is an illustration - the actual rewards might be different.

Ultra-limited! You become the proud owner of the ORIGINAL ARTWORK of the story screen of your choice, arranged and mounted behind glass in a luxury frame! Signed by the illustrator, this is a collector’s delicacy! (Note: We’ll have one original artwork for each screen (~50 screens), backers of this tier will be able to make their pick, in the order of backing.)

Thank You, for looking at this, for sharing, liking, retweeting, trusting and backing us!

Special thanks to our families for their patience and support during the long birth of this project, and to Milán for all his expertees and kindly hosting our project.

The music we used in the video is "Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost (feat. Pitx), licensed under a Creative Commons.

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