WildAid & Hollywood Back Lovable Haibu Franchise in November Children's Book Launch
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ Haibu, a new series of inspiring books, films, cartoons, and video games, is encouraging positive change in the world of wildlife preservation through the education of youth worldwide with its upcoming November 6th book release of Haibu: Lost in New York. Haibu is the main character in the series, and an ambassador between animals and people. She is a smart, compassionate, and motivated 10-year-old who overcomes adversity and saves animals from exploitation during her journey. Haibu is fun, positive, and original content for kids and parents and is a Mom's Choice Award-winning provider of family entertainment products.
In partnership with WildAid, one of the world's largest non-profit organizations, Haibu's goal is to save animals by promoting improved awareness of animal conservation. WildAid's programs influence consumers to avoid purchasing products such as ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin that support the multi-billion-dollar animal trafficking industry.
Haibu's story begins when she ventures out to prove to her family that she is strong enough to fish, just like the rest of the village. After braving the wilderness, she finds herself in a tense encounter with a polar bear. The bear's growls slowly turn into words as she discovers her talent in talking to animals. The commotion causes the ice to break and Haibu finds herself floating at sea. After days pass, Haibu is rescued and sheltered in a New York City orphanage. Far from home and family, Haibu defies all odds to save abused circus animals, eventually leading her home. Compassionate by nature, Haibu inspires youth and adults to believe they can make a difference.
The vision for Haibu was sparked by creator Blake Freeman, actor, director, writer, and producer of film and television. He wrote, directed, and starred in three feature films, with his most recent releases on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The project is managed by some of the entertainment industry's most accomplished professionals, with support by to-be-announced celebrities.
"Our mission is to inspire children to be adventurous, help the cause of animals, and make the world a better place by living courageously and overcoming challenges. We teach kids the value of kindness and the importance animals play in the world," shared Freeman.
Accompanying the book release, an online entertainment portal offers games with Haibu and friends, educational videos, printable activity sheets, and planned future content including comics, educational mobile games, and interactive learning games. Haibu has an engaging and informative presence on many social platforms including Instagram and is a trusted source of youth content on YouTube.
Available for presale now, Haibu: Lost in New York comes out Tuesday, November 6 th on Amazon. With global publishing by Ingram, the paperback edition will hit major stores in March, followed by a hardcover picture book arriving next fall.
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