The Adventures of Thandie the Tandem are loosely based on real experiences cycling a tandem bicycle through Africa. Thandie is a real tandem bicycle which Stuart has cycled through more than 30 countries giving lifts to hundreds of people en route.
In this book, Stuart has become a boy named Timmy. Timmy and Thandie still pick up locals and friends along the way. These people help them make their way from London to Kenya, overcoming various obstacles and having exciting adventures. The main challenge in this book is to overcome an evil poaching gang and help protect Africa's elephants.
We are both teachers and have joined forces with illustrator Tim, another teacher and tandem cyclist, to produce this book. As we are all teachers, it has been possible to target the book at 5-9 year olds (although we hope older children and adults will also enjoy it!), not only by telling some fantastic stories with some incredible illustrations but also by including some national curriculum (boring but important!) targets. The book contains most of the spellings and language targets for Years 2-4. Fitting in with the national curriculum key values Timmy and Thandie’s travels should provoke ideas for discussion on diversity and showing ‘mutual respect and tolerance for different faiths, religions and cultures’. They also visit several ‘non-European societies which can provide contrast with British history’.
This first book tells only a very small part of Thandie’s adventures. There are many more stories so look out for more Thandie the Tandem books coming soon.
Beyond the Bike – the project behind Thandie’s adventures - was set up in 2011. Find out more about our adventures at www.beyondthebike.org Beyond the Bike has raised nearly £200,000 for various charities since 2011. The main focus has been educational charities, primarily Beyond Ourselves (based in Zambia) and United World Schools (based in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal).
Another focus is conservation which is a key theme in this book. One of our characters is Max who is based on a real-life Max, the founder of Space for Giants a charity which protects Africa’s elephants from immediate threats like poaching while working to secure their habitats in landscapes facing greatly-increasing pressures. Stuart and Thandie have supported Space for Giants since staying with Max in Kenya in 2012.
Half of any profits from the sales of this book (after this initial kickstarter print run) will go to Space for Giants and Beyond Ourselves.
We need your help to get this first book of Thandie’s adventures published. There are lots of rewards, listed on this site, that you can get in return; from a first edition book to original illustrations to primary school visits and talks. We have visited hundreds of schools over the last seven years and children love Thandie and hearing about her adventures! Simply passing this on to your friends would also be amazing.
Stretch goals– Any extra funding over the £3500 will go towards marketing this book and publishing the next book. If we reach £4500 then some extra funds will be put towards making teaching resources based on the book for primary schools to use. (Stretch goals are different from the sales profits going to our partner charities as we are not allowed to give funds raised from the kickstarter campaign to charity).
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What’s the money for? Printing & distribution mostly! 5% goes to kickstarter, 4% goes to the credit card companies processing your payments.
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Thank you very much for your support
Claire and Stuart
Risks and challenges
The book is more or less ready to go and so we do not envisage any major problems with publishing. We are hoping to have the books printed and rewards ready by June 2018. We will keep backers updated if this changes.
Regarding rewards in general: we will post all rewards to UK addresses free of charge but we will discuss with backers how to send to international addresses, We have put £5 as an approximate fee (as we have to put something!) but this will depend on the destination! Hopefully it will be less! We will try to post the rewards as soon as possible but we hope backers will bear with us as this could be a logistical challenge. Where possible we will deliver the rewards in person (maybe even on Thandie!).
Regarding the children's polo-shirts: We do have a limited number of each size. We ask backers choosing this reward to let us know asap which size they would like. If their chosen size is not available and they are not happy with a different size we will refund them.
Regarding the primary school visits: a visit will be made by Stuart or Claire or Tim; when possible the visit will be made by two or even all three of them. The visits will ideally take place in June/July 2018. It will also be possible for visits to take place in the following academic year (from September September 2018 to July 2019). The visits need to be at a time mutually convenient for us and the school, although we will do our best to be as flexible as possible. If a visit cannot take place due to our availability, then the backer(s) will be refunded. If the visit does not take place due to the school cancelling or changing the date many times then no refund will be available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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