I’m Michael O’Hare. I’ve written a children’s story about a little bear, who lives in the forests of the Rocky Mountains. I need your help to turn this fantastic story into an interactive children's book app to teach the importance of our forests, our parks and our wildlife.
The Little Bear of St. Elmo’s Forest is about a Colorado black bear named Ettie, who wants to give up his life in the forest to become a boy to sing, to dance, and to play as children do. A mischievous mining elf, called a tommyknocker, grants Ettie his wish in return for rich gold veins hidden in the bears' hibernating cave. Miners descend upon the forest and go after the gold with reckless abandon. Ettie must save the forest and his wildlife friends before its too late.
This story came about from camping trips with my children. I wanted to craft a story with a strong message of conservation to give them a sense about our obligation to protect the environment.
Some of the other themes pertain to growing up and learning to be happy about who you are.
Michael O'Hare is a writer and runs a small internet marketing company. Many years ago, Michael worked in Hollywood where he optioned two scripts. His team of designers and programmers will turn his story into a book app on Itunes and Google's Apps Marketplace.
Jim Dwyer is the illustrator with experience in character design, books covers, children books, comic books, and storyboards. His works includes boweeville the elf and wonder boy.
The children’s book app blends both the creative artistry with the technical aspects of computer programming. The first step was to write the story. Then we sketched the storyboard. We are currently completing the illustrations. The major expense will be to take the hardcopy of the story and digitally animate it. We plan to code the illustrations using Xcode or using Flash, creating the interactivity and then converting the Flash file into an app, which would be sold on Itunes and the Android platform.
Our plan is to build several original and instructive games within the story to teach children to be good stewards of nature.
One game would be “All the Animals and Plants in the Forest”, which would allow kids to place different animals and plants in their natural habitat.
A second game will be “Zero Impact Camping” to teach kids the proper conduct for when they are outdoors.
Touch and learn features.
Touch a bear, and hear him huffing or woofing. Touch him again and learn about black bears. Touch the ponderosa pine, or the cottonwood, or the columbine and learn about the trees and the plant life.
What We Need
Through your generous pledges "The Little Bear of St. Elmo’s Forest" will become an interactive children’s book app on Ipads and Tablet PC’s. Your donations will allow us to digitize the illustrations, program the animations, build the interactive features, and create original games.
Much depends on your donations. The more money we get the more original and interactive the features will be. If we can reach our goal of $12,000, then we can include the original games and more robust interactive features.
What You Get
There are wonderful rewards for your pledges. Please check them out. Remember that every pledge, no matter how small, will receive the app for free. The top donor will get to choose his own forest charity where a portion of the app's proceeds will be donated. However, the greatest reward will be preserving our great forests and parks for generations to come.
Some of our Rewards
Pledges of $30 or more will receive sponsor credit, which will be displayed at the end of the app.
Pledges of $5000 or more will receive executive producer credit and will receive recognition at the beginning of the app.
Our forests are our national treasure. We must do all we can to preserve these forests for generations to come. To do that, we need to teach our children about our obligation. What better way than a fun interactive children's book app?
A portion of the app sales will be donated to San Isabel National Forest. However, we'll allow the top donor of $5000 or greater to choose his or her forest for the app donations.