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A Bear, a Margaret, a Forest, an ADVENTURE! Come experience their world on their first life journey.
A Bear, a Margaret, a Forest, an ADVENTURE! Come experience their world on their first life journey.
125 backers pledged CA$ 10,328 to help bring this project to life.

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"Today is the day." Bear thought with a big Bear stretch. "Today is the day I go on my first adventure!"
"Today is the day." Bear thought with a big Bear stretch. "Today is the day I go on my first adventure!"

Margaret and Bear first appeared on the page a little over a year ago as a passion project of mine, but it wasn't long after completing the first draft that I realized I wanted to share this story with others.
I was lucky enough to be inspired at an early age, spending my childhood surrounded by very strong female role models. As such, I learnt from an early age the importance of believing in oneself, dreaming big, and to turn those dreams into realities; "Enter Margaret" as Jen would say. Margaret has all of the qualities and values of a real life hero, with the ability to take on the entire world by herself if she wanted, but having the heart and the wisdom to know that it's a lot better doing it with people you love and respect beside you to share the ups and the downs in life. 

"I've never met a Margaret before, but I feel like Margarets are best for Bears."
"I've never met a Margaret before, but I feel like Margarets are best for Bears."

This project has been over a year in the making, but I'd like to think that more accurately it's been formed over a lifetime, as the more I work with Margaret & Bear the more I realized how long these characters have been with me and how they've been drawn from those I admire most.
We are putting the last pieces of the puzzle together, and already have a phenomenal printing company just waiting to bring our story to YOU. This is a book that will make you smile, laugh, empathize and FEEL something when you pick it up and put it down. 

Bear tried being a bird once to see for himself, but that didn't work out very well for him.
Bear tried being a bird once to see for himself, but that didn't work out very well for him.

The funds raised are going towards printing the books and making them the best they can be. Come join us for a bearwich (because bears hate sand, but everyone knows that)...

They discovered the secret passageway behind Unicorn Falls...
They discovered the secret passageway behind Unicorn Falls...

 

 

Risks and challenges

Like anything in life, there is always the risk of the unknown. We would like to think that the unknown is the only risk that we may have left to chance.
We have a very highly reputed printing company whose quality has been proven since they were established in 2004, and the ink that they use is child-friendly, eco-friendly and lead-free.
We have been working diligently with our graphic designer Joan Bowman, who is as excited and passionate about the project as we are.
All that's left is to put the final touches of the book together and send it off to print.
In between now and then, unforeseen delays in shipping and/or printing are possible, but we are confident that with our current timeline the books will be in our readers' hands in November.

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    Perfect Postcard

    A unique postcard from Christopher himself.

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    • 4 x 6 Postcard from the pages of Margaret and Bear's world
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    Brilliant Book Mark

    A bookmark for Margaret and Bear's Wild Adventures.

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    The Early Bear Package

    A copy of your very own Margaret and Bear's Wild Adventures for you to read time and time again. This early bir...bear special comes with a Margaret and Bear bookmark and is signed by Chris and Jen (the book, not the bookmark, because that would be weird!)

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    Hibernating Bear Package

    A copy of your very own Margaret and Bear's Wild Adventures for you to read time and time again.

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    Badger Package

    Enjoy reading your signed copy of Margaret and Bear's Wild Adventures while figuring out where you wanted to stick your Margaret & Bear stickers...and how about you save your page with your very own Margaret and Bear bookmark too!

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    • Book - signed
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
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    Zebra Package

    A zebra in the forest!? With this fantastical reward you will get one signed copy of Margaret and Bear with doodles by both Jen and Chris (doodle by Chris is to be available upon request and is to be accepted at your own risk), your name (or a name of your choosing) in the book on our THANK YOU page, a blown up print from the book of one of our favourite scenes, a bookity bookmark, and some Margaret and Bear stickers designed by our illustrious illustrator Jen!

    Includes:
    • Book - signed
    • An 11 x 17 signed print taken from the pages of Margaret & Bear
    • Bookity Bookmark
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
    • Special Thank you in the book!
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    Wandering Cat Package

    After following Margaret and Bear around all of the time, Cat seems to have picked up an array of goodies along the way! One signed copy of Margaret and Bear with one artistic doodle by Jen and a less artistic one by Chris, a blown up print from the book of one of our favourite scenes, a bookity bookmark, stickers, and ALSO...drum roll, a Margaret & Bear colouring book!

    Includes:
    • Book - signed
    • Bookity Bookmark
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
    • An 11 x 17 signed print taken from the pages of Margaret & Bear
    • Colouring Book
    • Special Thank you in the book!
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    Honey Bear Package

    Bear must have gotten into the honey again because this reward is sweet! For those that would like to keep it simple and just want to dive into the world of Margaret and Bear. Two's better than one, so double up and receive two signed copies of the book, as well as two colouring books and book marks!

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    Unicorn Package

    Welcome to all things Margaret & Bear. Receive all of the things and double it.

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    • Book - signed
    • Bookity Bookmark
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
    • An 11 x 17 signed print taken from the pages of Margaret & Bear
    • Colouring Book
    • Special Thank you in the book!
    • 4 x 6 Postcard from the pages of Margaret and Bear's world
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    Bold Adventurer Package

    Our forest is your forest. You are clearly one with nature and have playful unicorn rides on a regular basis. For this package, you will receive one of everything mentioned before, except the print won't be taken from the book; instead, you will receive a numbered and signed limited run print on 140 lb watercolour canvas. This will be an original illustration not found in the book and only available to a select few during this campaign.

    Includes:
    • Book - signed
    • Bookity Bookmark
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
    • 4 x 6 Postcard from the pages of Margaret and Bear's world
    • Colouring Book
    • Special Thank you in the book!
    • Original numbered and signed limited run print on 140 lb paper
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    Margaret & YOU Package

    Margaret & Bear thank you. Like the Bold Adventurer Package, you will receive one of everything mentioned before, except the print won't be taken from the book; instead, you will receive a numbered and signed limited run print on 140 lb watercolour canvas. This will be an original illustration of Margaret & Bear...and YOU or your pet, child, unicorn, you get where we are going with this. This will be limited to a very select few during this campaign.

    Includes:
    • Book - signed
    • Bookity Bookmark
    • Margaret & Bear stickers (to stick on things)
    • 4 x 6 Postcard from the pages of Margaret and Bear's world
    • Colouring Book
    • Special Thank you in the book!
    • Original numbered and signed limited run print on 140 lb paper
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    Treetop Village Package

    10 copies of Margaret & Bear's Wild Adventures dropped off personally by the author *ahem* me. Each book will be complemented with its very own bookmark and colouring book. This also includes a private reading for a party of readers.
    This package is reserved for those that live in the GTA. A mutually agreed upon time and date will have to be determined.

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    • 10× Bookity Bookmark
    • 10× Colouring Book
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    Teacher's Package

    15 copies of Margaret & Bear's Wild Adventures. This also includes a private reading for a party of readers, as well as a children's book writing and illustrating workshop given by the author and illustrator of Margaret & Bear's Wild Adventure.
    This package is reserved for those that live in the GTA, but can be provided to those living outside of that area with a live online reading and a lesson plan provided instead of our in person workshop.
    A mutually agreed upon time and date will have to be determined.

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