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While it may be too late to support our Kickstarter campaign, we could really use your "financial energy" to get over the hump with our Loudsauce campaign.  We are about 65% with a deadline of Friday at 5p. Check it out and contribute today.  Mostly the same cool rewards and we can add more if you like :)   

Limited edition print "Have a Ball, Pacha" bu Joe Mohr only available here (with book and EP) as a reward for a gift of $150 or more.  

SPECIAL ONE-ONLY REWARD: Your family picture cartooned by Joe Mohr of @GreenCartoons. See an example. Contribute $150 or more.

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By Popular Request: People are wondering what the music sounds like. Check out what "Taking Children's Music to the Next Level" sounds like at the bottom of this page

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Tis the season for gifting green!
While most of the STUFF that goes under Christmas trees this season will not likely be earth-friendly, YOU have options for greening the gifts under your tree with Pacha’s Pajamas. Our softcover book, Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature, is made with recycled paper and soy inks. It is the story of a little girl who dreams of uniting the planet with a music festival starring a host of singing plants and dancing animals. The story teaches kids about our impact on nature, cooperation and balance. Our brand-new musical EP, featuring Mos Def and Talib Kweli of Black Star, is available online or on CD.

We are NOW giving the book and the musical EP as gifts through our Kickstarter page. For $10, you get the Pacha’s Pajamas soft-cover, illustrated book, plus a download link for the musical EP; book-only orders will be sent within 2 days. For $15, you get the book and a CD of the EP. Orders with CD will be sent First Class mail by Dec. 15th. Give more, and you get cool prizes like an Associate Producer credit on the next printing of the book or on the album.

And to top it off, your orders/contributions will support environmental education for the masses by seeding a culturally relevant educational entertainment platform that has the potential to engage millions of young people and families in a conversation about our interdependence with nature. Lets Occupy Pop Culture together!

How to order today:

  • Click the “Back This Project” Button
  • In the “Select Your Reward” section, choose either the $10 (book only) or $15 (book/CD) option.
  • Click the “Continue to Next Step” button at the bottom of the page

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We now have a list of schools and libraries throughout the country that want this book/CD. Your contribution will help us get our message of interdependence with nature into the hands of elementary and middle school children! 

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Yo, Kickstarter Friends!

Check us out. BALANCE Edutainment (www.balanceedutainment.com) is a social enterprise that creates cause-related entertainment products - like books, hit music, curricula, games, apps, and more. 

Our team’s aim is to educate children and the masses in a fun and entertaining way about important environmental and social issues. Another way to put it is that we want to Occupy Pop Culture. We want to create pop culture that is not only delicious but nutritious.   

Our debut children’s story and upcoming hip-hop album - Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature - features rap stars Mos Def and Talib Kweli as well as talented children artists from throughout the United States.  We are currently crowdfunding for the next printing of our Pacha's Pajamas book/EP and need your support.  Pacha is a little girl who dreams of uniting the planet via a music festival starring a host of singing plants and break dancing animals! 

On behalf of our team, we deeply appreciate your contribution toward making making the world a better place 4 REAL.  Also, check out what Mos Def, Talib Kweli and other have to say about what we're doing, PLUS the links to download just released FREE MUSIC from our upcoming Pacha's Pajamas album below.

WHAT YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO

Below is our budget for the $6,000.  Our aim is to give several hundred copies of the book/CD to school libraries.

$4,000 - Printing 2000 books (recycled paper, soy ink)    
$1,500 - Printing 2000 CDs in Eco-sleeves
Total  $6,000

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT PACHA'S PAJAMAS:

“The idea that you have to be mindful of the environment, or pay attention to the environment, is something people should grow up with.  It's not something that you should have to convince an adult of. The story of Pacha's Pajamas is spreading the information early (to kids), so it becomes like a cornerstone or a foundation ..." ~ hip hop artist Talib Kweli

“It's important to impart the message not just to children but to all human beings, that we have a responsibility to our own humanity and to the one who has created all, to treat this creation with care and respect,” ~ actor and hip hop artist, Mos Def

OTHER TESTIMONIALS 

This book is good for young (and grown-up kids) and adults too. It teaches you how to make the earth better, and when you make the earth better, everyone feels better too. ~ Madeline McElroy (age 10)

Pacha’s Pajamas is a wonderful creative introduction to understanding the sacred connection we as human beings must now acknowledge. By giving voice to the plants and animals, the story creates awareness of LIFE beyond the human being. ~ Mona Polacca, International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers

“This story about a little girl’s dream -- where all species unite to support a healthy planet -- will play a catalytic role in building our movements for change. Please invite every- one you know to buy this book!” ~ Van Jones, Author of The Green Collar Economy

“A beautiful story for both children and adults to help us all visualize the world that can be.” ~ David Korten, Author of The Great Turning and Agenda for a New Economy

Pacha’s Pajamas will open the minds and hearts of countless children, introducing them to the magic of Mother Nature in her wondrous manifestations as plants, stones, animals. A must “read and share” with all whom you know. ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith, Author of Spiritual Liberation

Pacha’s Pajamas is a fun, creative, and beautiful way to engage children of all ages in helping reconnect with the Earth that is our home and all of the life that we share our home with. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill, Environmentalist, Author, Educator

LINK TO FREE EP MUSIC FROM PACHA'S PAJAMAS HIP HOP ALBUM 
http://pachaspajamas.com/music

FULL ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN SPRING 2012! 

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    90 minute Health Consultation and Iris Reading with a Certified Detoxification Specialist, the amazing Lashanda Green. To be redeemed by 3/31/12. See the comments on this page for details of offering: http://kck.st/uGi3Uk

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    Pacha's Holiday Gift Pack, includes: an iPod Shuffle loaded with songs from our EP, a CD of the musical album, a copy of the hardcover book "All the Way to the Ocean" (by Joel Harper), a soft-cover copy of the "Pacha's Pajamas" book, and 5 books donated to needy school libraries.

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