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Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures

An interactive, educational folding book that illustrates the beauty of marine ecosystems and the serious threats they face.

Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures

An interactive, educational folding book that illustrates the beauty of marine ecosystems and the serious threats they face.

$10,988
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
116
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 3 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures! It's an educational, interactive folding book about the world's four largest coral reef systems, with a patented octagonal structure sure to captivate children and adults alike. Inspired by the lengthly limbs of the octopus, the book's octagonal shape houses a diverse array of more than 100 species of marine life found in the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Triangle, the Red Sea Coral Reef, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. As the pages flip and unfold, they feature creatures found deeper and deeper in the oceans.

Coral Reefs is made of a new thicker material and lays open better than any of our previous books!

By far the most complex, educational book that we have collaborated on so far, this book is greater than the sum of its parts. We have poured our passion, thought, love, skill, and energy into creating this magical book, which is both intellectually and visually stimulating. This octagonal book is really something special, and we believe in its ability to change the future of book design and the learning process. It features scenes of important wildlife on a heavy-weight, durable paper, which is kiss cut for clean, sharp folds that allow its pages to stay open and fold shut with ease. The experience of opening Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures fills us with a sense of joy and wonder every time, and we want to share that feeling with you!! Check out our rewards, donate to the production of our book, and be a part of something that's swimming with love and creativity! 

Folding pages open to reveal scenes from under the sea!

The very structure of this book provides a learning opportunity as it incorporates geometry and mathematical thought. By seeing how basic shapes move and fold in space, the brain will be more apt to understand how two-dimensional shapes relate to the physical world. The interactive design of the book also makes it fun to read as a group; you can discuss your discoveries about marine life and the ways you can change your daily habits to reduce ocean pollution. Share it with your friends and family or take turns reading as you unfold the mysteries of coral reefs and the depths beyond.

The Explorer's Guide contains an image and fact for every species in the book!

Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures has a durable, octagonal "shell" of a box lid, for safe transport and storage. A small "Explorer's Guide" fact booklet comes nestled inside the lid, and contains information and an illustration for every organism in the book! Use it to learn about the oddities of the oceans as you explore the book's folding pages. 

It also includes information about various sources of ocean pollution and what small steps we can all take to collectively make a change in the way we use and consume resources and materials. To reinforce this point, the backs of the pages of Coral Reefs are fully illustrated, depicting a watery wasteland that could soon be very real if we don't change our ways.  By seeing our oceans thriving in close proximity to a polluted depiction, we can better imagine and understand the interconnectedness of everything; positive actions create positive changes.  

Ocean pollution is a serious problem! Until 1972, pollution ran rampant, with the purposeful disposal of trash, sewage, and chemicals into the oceans. A variety of debris, such as rubber, glass, metal, and plastic, also litters the seas in great quantity, entangling animals and gouging corals. Reefs are a very important habitat and when they are damaged, all the creatures that live there are threatened; everything is connected.

Folding in the tips of the book's third layer reveals an island of garbage floating among the reefs.

 Even humans are not immune to the encroaching effects of our own pollution; the resulting ocean acidification causes the climate change that is affecting our lives, from the decline of our shellfish industries to the increased rates of cancer and other illnesses.

The first 20 people to pledge for the "*Early Bird* One Book, Please!" reward get a discount on their book and will also get a special sticker sheet that has all the endangered species (rated as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered by the IUCN) from Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures.

Our posters will have all of the various creatures labeled with their common and scientific names.

Using colorful illustrations from the book, we have created a beautiful poster to accompany it! Awash in a sea of bold graphics and vibrant colors, this 18" by 24" poster gathers an array of creatures found in the four reefs featured in the book, and depicts them in one inviting scene. Each animal appears with the corals it lives near in the wild, and is labeled with its name for easy reference. Also, if you love coloring, we are offering a color-you-own-poster that is identical to the full color poster except that it has only the black line drawings on a white background.

In addition to a poster, we have taken illustrations of some of the most vibrant creatures from the book and created fun little stickers and window cling sheets! There are 13 colorful animals on each sheet, including an array of fishes and a large octopus, which are sure to make you and your friends smile.

We're also offering book combination bundles so you can recieve Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures along with its predecessors, 24 Hour Flowers and The Bee Book! You can get either or both of our previously published books at their original Kickstarter prices (20–25% off retail!) when you pledge for a Coral Reefs book on this page.

Matt Holbein and Emily Brooks both majored in Illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where they became friends while individually pursuing interests in bookmaking. Matt began to invent new and innovative book structures, breaking away from the typical form of a book and made several unique folding books that became increasingly intricate. Emily was also making her own books of conventional form, focusing on the detailed illustrations that filled them. Both wanting to collaborate on a book before graduating, they created an octagonal book about the sun, the eight phases of the moon, and the flowers that share their names, titling it Sunflowers & Moonflowers.

The creation process of this first book was so fun that upon its completion Matt and Emily began brainstorming other books they could make together. They had the idea to make a hexagonal book about bees given the hexagonal nature of honeycomb, which they titled The Bee Book. It is a complex, perplexing, informational, and educational book that  was published in 2015 via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Next, they created a decagonal book called Daisies & Dandelions and then a dodecagonal book titled 24 Hour Flowers, about flowers that bloom for only one day, which became the second interactive book to be published in The Foliage Library series as of 2017.  Now they’re back with a third Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of Coral Reefs & Other Colorful Creatures and share it with the world!

Risks and challenges

Challenges for this project include working with our printer to ensure accuracy and quality of the final printed books. Shipping can be a risk as well; weather patterns (storms) and human error can delay the arrival date of the books.

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