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RedRover is launching an e-book series with interactive learning built in that will help kids practice the skills needed for empathy.
RedRover is launching an e-book app with interactive learning built in that will help kids practice the skills needed for empathy.
RedRover is launching an e-book app with interactive learning built in that will help kids practice the skills needed for empathy.
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RedRover saves animals in crisis and seeks to enhance the relationships people have with animals as a means to prevent animal suffering and neglect. And we believe empathy is the key.

Our innovative RedRover Readers program has already helped kids understand animals and has developed empathy skills in classrooms across the country. Now there’s an opportunity to spread this program into more classrooms – and homes – using everyday technology that will make learning empathy easier and fun for kids. It’s RedRover’s new “E-Books for Empathy” project. And you can be part of it!

All 5 e-books in the series will inspire kids to want to make the world a better place while giving them much needed opportunities to practice empathy skills. Questions integrated into the e-books’ interactive apps will help parents and teachers lead discussions with kids so they can imagine what characters are feeling while learning about animal behavior (and human behavior!) right alongside the characters in the book. Games integrated into the e-books will help kids practice linking behaviors to feelings to become top communicators.

Why this book? A note from Nicole: 

As a child, I was the kid who saved bees from swimming pools and redirected foot traffic around ants. I was a pint-sized animal protector, and it’s no surprise that I became the President and CEO of an animal organization! However, I have always been deeply passionate about books and writing, and first followed this passion as an English teacher. There are few rewards in life greater than seeing the eyes of a disengaged child light up.

As an educator, parent, leader, avid reader and unwitting connoisseur of children’s media, I understand the power of stories and the potential of an unfettered mind. I wrote The Restricted Adventures of Raja (with a lot of help!) to capture the imagination of children and inspire them to understand and connect with animals and people – to inspire them, like Raja, to want to save Planet Earth.

What’s it like to be a cat? Nicole Forsyth, author, explores this question with a group of students.
What’s it like to be a cat? Nicole Forsyth, author, explores this question with a group of students.

The Book: 

The Restricted Adventures of Raja the Cat©

A graphic novel series featuring animal emotions and behavior for 7-11 year-olds.

RedRover is extremely fortunate to have secured the talent of Mathew den Boer to illustrate the first e-book and experts in children’s media, including Kristen McGregor and Ted Brunt, to help us with the story editing and e-book concept. We know in order to reach a wide audience of parents, teachers and kids, we needed to have compelling characters and an exciting storyline, in addition to utilizing the learning strategies from our RedRover Readers program.

The Need: 

We are so excited that the book is written! Now, we just need $18,500 in the next 30 days so we can finish the illustrations and move the book toward production and downloads.

The more money we raise, the more free downloads we can share to spread empathy far and wide! Once the first e-book is in distribution, we will seek to release a print version to ensure everyone has access to the story and educator guide. 

Kids can learn to be more empathetic, which means the vision of a kinder, more empathetic society is possible, and YOU can help make it happen. Help us turn this vision into reality now. Help us spread empathy and compassion by making it fun and popular for kids – AND their parents and teachers! Please support “E-Books for Empathy” and help us finish the first book in the series!  

Teachers, click here to learn how you can get free downloads of the e-book for your entire school >>

For updates on this campaign and others, follow RedRover on Facebook and Twitter

A special thanks to Videographer Jonathan S. Hinman for creating and producing the video for this Kickstarter project! 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be getting this amazing tool into the hands of parents and educators ready to help kids increase their empathy skills. We’ll market it from all angles – kids, education, empathy, animals and innovation. We have a team of experts on hand to help us every step of the way. And we have a large network of school partners, teachers, supporters and volunteers who already love this program and want to help spread the word! We hope you will join our network of supporters by pledging and telling your friends and community about this campaign today!

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    Your $15 pledge will give the e-book to one classroom, plus you get a free download of the e-book to share with a young person in your life!

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    Receive a 20 second time-compressed video of illustrator Mathew den Boer's drawing process, a free download of the e-book and 10 free downloads for a classroom!

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    With your $1000 pledge you will be invited to dinner with the author of the e-book, RedRover CEO, Nicole Forsyth. You will also receive Reward #5.

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    Have your pet be used as a model for a future book! We will name a character after her/him. You will also receive Reward #5.

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