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'Spirit Bear' is an entertaining children's book designed to get kids excited about education and conservation.
'Spirit Bear' is an entertaining children's book designed to get kids excited about education and conservation.
129 backers pledged $5,118 to help bring this project to life.

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WOW, we've exceeded out Stretch Goal!!!

Thanks to everyone who has backed us and helped us to spread the word about our project, we have exceeded our Stretch Goal and are now over funded at $4355!!!

With three days left to go, we want to see if we can raise another $645 to make a total of $5000!! This will allow us to create an additional two animations per page in our animated ebook for 'Spirit Bear!!!

As an added incentive to everyone to help us promote our project in our final days, our illustrator Michael Arnott has offered to create an additional illustration featuring characters from the book. If we reach $5000 by July 1st, all backers who have contributed $20 or more will also receive a signed 8"x10" print of this new illustration which will not be featured in the book!!

So please remind family and friends that these are the FINAL three days to get advanced copies of 'Spirit Bear!'

We have also added different options to buy multiple copies of the book for those who wish to purchase additional copies for family and friends. You may now buy two, three or four copies of 'Spirit Bear'' for $20 apiece, with no tax or shipping if you are inside Canada or the US. 

With our delivery date of October, your books will arrive just in time for the pre-Christmas season, so you can get your shopping done early this year!

PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU ARE IN CANADA, CHOOSE 'SHIP TO THE US' TO AVOID AN ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST. CANADIANS WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR SHIPPING!!! 

Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign for Spirit Bear, a new kind of children's book designed to get kids excited about nature, education and conservation!

My name is Jennifer Harrington, I am a children's book illustrator, and this is the first children's book that I have written. I teamed up with Michael Arnott, an incredibly talented illustrator whose amazing illustrations have breathed life into my story.

An illustration from 'Spirit Bear,' an eco-themed children's book
An illustration from 'Spirit Bear,' an eco-themed children's book

Here in Canada, we are blessed with amazing wilderness. Growing up in North Vancouver, BC, I was able to play in a forest every day that had a pond, a stream, a little log cabin and wildlife galore. But too many children growing up in North America these days don't get to experience nature on a daily basis, and sometimes not at all. With Spirit Bear, I want to bring a beautiful wilderness story home to children everywhere.

My playground as a child growing up in North Vancouver, BC.
My playground as a child growing up in North Vancouver, BC.

Spirit Bear will take them on a journey to the wilderness of North Western Canada, where they can follow the adventures of Annuk, a young spirit bear cub happily growing up in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. One day, while trying to catch a salmon, he slips and falls into the river and is swept far away from his family. Alone and lost, Annuk must make his way home through the perils of the Great Bear Rainforest. Along the way, he meets a young sea wolf cub named Kaya, who knows the forest well and offers to help him on his journey. Together they face predators such as grizzly bears and cougars, and must navigate through many other challenges and dangers in the rainforest. Kaya teaches Annuk how to survive in the wild, and they have an adventure they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is a story of friendship, courage and adventure, set in the wilderness of Northern BC.

In case you've never heard of a spirit bear before, it is a sub-species of the black bear that is born with completely white fur. The bears that carry the recessive gene for white fur are called Kermodes, and they can be either black or white. The term 'spirit bear' is the common name for the expression of that gene, resulting in a bear with pure white fur.

A spirit bear in the Great Bear Rainforest of BC.
A spirit bear in the Great Bear Rainforest of BC.

There are only about 200 spirit bears in existence, and they all live in the Great Bear Rainforest of Northern BC.

To make Spirit Bear a great learning resource for teachers, we worked with Great Bear Rainforest Naturalist Tim Irvin to ensure that our story is as biologically accurate as possible. We have also created a series of free educational resources that teachers can use to easily implement the story into their lesson plans.

'Great Bear Crossword'–a free educational resource available to help teach children about life in the Great Bear Rainforest
'Great Bear Crossword'–a free educational resource available to help teach children about life in the Great Bear Rainforest

Our book will also contain information on the status of the spirit bear, the threats that exist to its habitat, and links to organizations that are working to protect the bear and it's environment.

We are creating three versions of Spirit Bear. The first is a basic ebook, which is available for only $2 in our incentives packages. The second is a special animated version of the book, with narration, music and bonus illustrations available for only $5 on Kickstarter. The third is our print version, which will be a perfect-bound paperback edition printed on 100% recycled paper, with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) cover, signed by the author and illustrator, available for $25. All of our books will be printed locally in Canada.

Tim Irvin has generously donated his beautiful wildlife photography from the rainforest to use as incentives for our campaign. Please see the gallery below for art prints that are available in exchange for donations. 

We want to create a fun, educational book that gets children interested in animals and nature, and do it while producing the smallest ecological footprint as possible. With your help, we can achieve that goal!

Our funding goal of $3,500 will pay for our first print run of 1000 books. If we can raise $4,300, we can print 2000 books and reach many more people. If we raise $6000 or more, we will have the money to print extra books, put more animations into our ebooks, create more fun educational resources for the teachers, and generally make our project even cooler. The more we raise, the more we can do.

So please help us to raise the greatest amount of funds possible. Blog about our campaign. Tweet about us. Tell your friends and family, and ask everyone to pass the word along about our project.

And if you spread the word about us, we are happy to spread the word about you and your projects. We can blog about you in our 'Blogs to Follow' section on the Eco Books 4 Kids blog, or post about your green business in our 'Green Businesses' section. We are happy to tweet and follow anyone who supports us, this is what social media is all about, networking and mutual support. We love to help, and hope you'll want to help us out, too!

So please back Spirit Bear, get some great incentives, and help us educate everyone about our project!

Wildlife photography by Tim Irvin, available as art print in our incentives packages:

Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub
Grizzly Cub on Uprooted Tree
Grizzly Cub on Uprooted Tree
Spirit Bear
Spirit Bear
Harbour Seal
Harbour Seal
Black Bear Portrait
Black Bear Portrait
Black Bear
Black Bear
Chum Salmon, B&W
Chum Salmon, B&W
Chum Salmon Colour
Chum Salmon Colour
Grizzly in Grass
Grizzly in Grass
Grizzly Swimming
Grizzly Swimming
Rainforest River
Rainforest River

Risks and challenges

Our book is very close to completion, but we may experience production delays, as there is a great deal of work that needs to go into preparing the digital files for print.

For our animated version, we need to record a narrative, add a musical score, create sound effects and have the entire ebook animated before it will be ready for delivery. There can always be technical delays with this sort of work.

If for any reason we are not able to deliver our books as scheduled in September, we will contact all of our backers and give them a timeline for receipt of their books. Myself and my illustrator both have experience producing children's books for print, and our animator and composer are very competent, so I don't anticipate any issues with completing the project in a timely fashion.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Backers receive the basic 'Spirit Bear' ebook plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest.

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    'Early Bird' Special:
    Backers receive a paperback, perfect-bound copy of 'Spirit Bear,' printed on 100% recycled paper with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) cover, printed locally in Canada, and signed by the author and illustrator. Backers also receive a special animated version of our ebook, complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    Backers receive a paperback, perfect-bound copy of 'Spirit Bear,' printed on 100% recycled paper with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) cover, printed locally in Canada, and signed by the author and illustrator. Backers also receive a special animated version of our ebook, complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    STRETCH GOAL!!!!! Help us reach $4300!!!

    Backers who up their pledge to $39 will receive an 8" x 12" print of the wildlife photo of their choice, a perfect-bound, paperback version of 'Spirit Bear' signed by the author and illustrator, plus a special animated ebook version complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    Backers receive TWO paperback, perfect-bound copies of 'Spirit Bear,' printed on 100% recycled paper with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) covers, printed locally in Canada, and signed by the author and illustrator. Backers also receive a special animated version of our ebook, complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    A 12" x 18" print of the wildlife photo of your choice, plus a special animated version of 'Spirit Bear,' complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    Backers receive THREE paperback, perfect-bound copies of 'Spirit Bear,' printed on 100% recycled paper with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) covers, printed locally in Canada, and signed by the author and illustrator. Backers also receive a special animated version of our ebook, complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    A 12" x 18" print of the wildlife photo of your choice, a perfect-bound, paperback version of 'Spirit Bear' signed by the author and illustrator, plus a special animated version of 'Spirit Bear,' complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    Backers receive FOUR paperback, perfect-bound copies of 'Spirit Bear,' printed on 100% recycled paper with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) covers, printed locally in Canada, and signed by the author and illustrator. Backers also receive a special animated version of our ebook, complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    Backers receive a special Skype reading of 'Spirit Bear' by the author for your children or your classroom, with a discussion about the spirit bear and the Great Bear Rainforest afterward. You will also receive a perfect-bound, paperback version of 'Spirit Bear' signed by the author and illustrator, plus a special animated version of our ebook complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest. Shipping fees waived if in Canada or the US.

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    For our most generous backers and nature-enthusiasts, we have a very special incentive. I will personally accompany you on a journey to the Great Bear Rainforest to observe the wildlife there first-hand. I will meet you in Port Hardy, where we will jump on a sea plane and fly for an hour into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. There we will stay for three nights at the floating Great Bear Lodge, an incredible wilderness retreat, where we'll dine on wilderness-gourmet meals made from the freshest local ingredients sourced from the rainforest. Meals may include freshly caught salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a marinade of maple syrup, with complimentary wine and beer. We'll spend three days viewing bears, going on interpretive walks and boat excursions. It will be a true wilderness adventure with all of the comforts of a luxury lodge. Backers will also receive a perfect-bound, paperback version of 'Spirit Bear' signed by the author and illustrator, plus a special animated version of 'Spirit Bear,' complete with music and narration, plus educational resources and conservation info on the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Funding period

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