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Walt SmithBy Walt Smith
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Walt SmithBy Walt Smith
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$800
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, March 26 2019 2:39 AM UTC +00:00.

About

 Why is this series important? 

As the oceans are being destroyed by various environmental hazards, our children need to be aware of how the ocean ecosystem works.  This book will educate children in an amusing way while they learn about our underwater environment.  As we follow the story, we all get the chance to watch how the characters  solve various problems that concern our oceans. 

About this project.

Walt's thoughts: "When I got the idea to write this story about little characters under the sea trying to save their reef I was (and still am) deeply involved with Reef Restoration works where I live in Fiji. In fact, I am one of the original pioneers in commercial coral farming that started back in 1998 and initiated the world’s first coral farm. 

I thought that if I could bring attention to our underwater environment through an amusing story, told by interesting characters, the kids would love it and this would inspire both young and old to become more aware of the issues that threaten our aquatic environment. 

The story has three main characters with one educated leader we call Simeon, a strong young lady called Heidi who has special skills and Seeker… a courageous scout who is always on the lookout for danger and leads the way. The three of them start to notice changes taking place on their homeland reef and decide to embark on a dangerous journey across the South Pacific into unknown territory to find a better place to move their village.  

Our Three Heroes
Our Three Heroes

You get a chance to come along on the journey as we watch over their shoulder and discover more about the ocean and the creatures they encounter along the way.  
 

Why we need your help for Book 2

When I started book 1 we knew it would be a long process of finding the right artist and directors to get the exact image for the characters and scenery I had in mind. I had no idea how long it would take or how much it would cost.

I felt that this learning process would not allow me to accurately predict a finish date or final cost. This would not be fair to backers like you who would be counting on fulfillment of your reward as predicted.

Now, after having the full experience of book 1 under my belt I know a lot more about what it takes to produce and what to expect for Book 2. However, it was a very expensive ordeal for me to get through and now I need your help to get Book 2 finished and shipped. I have already started production on Book 2 and from what the artists have provided so far it will be even more amazing that Book 1. 

Our books are rich in color and characters.
Our books are rich in color and characters.

Why this amount? ($30,000)

One word … artist! As you can see we have two artists, one for the characters and one for the backgrounds plus and art director to keep them all producing my vision in a uniformed way. They are top professionals, this does not come cheap. Just one look at the pages in these books and you will see why I insist on the best.   

The Cover Art From Book 1
The Cover Art From Book 1

How will this book benefit our marine environment?

Whenever you bring attention to problems that influence our planet and its environment people notice. This awareness eventually becomes a call to action. This book series is linked to the ADE Project which is a registered non-profit organization, both in Fiji and the USA, and a portion of every sale will go directly to ADE. Aquaculture Development for the Environment (ADE) is one of the largest Coral Reef Restoration projects in the world that has been doing amazing work since 1998 under my private company until ADE took over in 2011.  For more about this, visit www.adeproject.org

Growing Coral to Save the Ocean Environment
Growing Coral to Save the Ocean Environment

You can be famous too!

In one of the rewards I am offering to have a photo of you turned into a Bula Buddie produced by my character artist, Paul Hernandez, and have a cameo appearance on one of the pages in Book 2. There are only 6 of these rewards available so hurry, your chance for instant fame has finally arrived. In addition to appearing in the book I will also send you an 8 ½ x 11 copy printed on high gloss paper fit to frame. 

Walt Turned into a Bula Buddie
Walt Turned into a Bula Buddie

Endorsements

"I just love this book. I got this signed copy for my daughter Ava Jane when I met Walt at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I love how the characters are working together to save their reef and kids have so much to learn from this beautiful book." Angelle Sampey 3X World AHRA Champion  Winningest female in motorsport history
"I just love this book. I got this signed copy for my daughter Ava Jane when I met Walt at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I love how the characters are working together to save their reef and kids have so much to learn from this beautiful book." Angelle Sampey 3X World AHRA Champion Winningest female in motorsport history

 A review from Amazon:  We hadn't even mentioned it to our kids the day it arrived, but our  8-year old son saw it unwrapped; he instantly picked it up and started  reading it. He was immediately drawn in by the artwork. 'I liked it, I  liked the illustrations, I want to read the second one,' he says. Yes,  it's a cliffhanger and an introduction, the first chapter in a series,  so we're all eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~  Helpful 


from Al Gore when he saw the book.
from Al Gore when he saw the book.
"In this beautifully illustrated book, Walt Smith shares his love for coral reefs through a host of imaginative characters who help younger readers understand how fragile this underwater realm can be.   Bula Buddies is a wonderful way to engage a sense of wonder among children for our ocean world." Dr Bruce Carlson, Famed Reef scientist with wife Marj Carlson, also a reef scientist
"In this beautifully illustrated book, Walt Smith shares his love for coral reefs through a host of imaginative characters who help younger readers understand how fragile this underwater realm can be.   Bula Buddies is a wonderful way to engage a sense of wonder among children for our ocean world." Dr Bruce Carlson, Famed Reef scientist with wife Marj Carlson, also a reef scientist

Risks and challenges

Cyclones, floods, political unrest and ships sinking are all part of normal life in the tropics. I have learned to deal with this long ago and hardly skip a beat. Book 2 is in production now and finished pages are starting to come in for final approval. The only risk at this point is setting a firm delivery date. I figure that a delivery date of early June will be achievable but, who knows, it could be sooner if all goes well.

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