Ardvark The Aardvark

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About Ardvark The Aardvark[edit]

Ardvark The Aardvark, With the Back Leg Named Bumpus

Ardvark the Aardvark With the Back Leg Named Bumpus is the main character of a forthcoming cc-by-sa children's book of the same name. The project was created by User:Glitch010101 (Eric Skiff) in November, 2004, and each character design is being released into the commons as it is created.

About the Project[edit]

Being an Open Source advocate, I am interested to apply the same community process to collaboratively creating new works. My accidental creation of Ardvark sparked the idea to begin work on a children's book which would be free to all to download, print (commercially if they saw fit), edit, and expand upon.

I am currently seeking writers, editors, and vector artists to help me reach the first milestone: Book One released as both a set of SVG graphics and a fully print ready PDF. If you are interested in collaborating, please Contact me

Characters and images so far[edit]

  • The Ants

The Stories[edit]

Originally at Wikibooks, now at the Novelas Wikicity.

Guiding Principles[edit]

  • The book (story, animation, etc...) should be fun. First and foremost, it should be an interesting, whimsical, and even eccentric read.
  • The book should be entertaining to read aloud, both for kids and parents.
    • Onomatopoeia, new words, and new concepts make books fun to share and talk about
  • The book should be educational
    • This doesn't mean it has to be stodgy or include anything quite so obvious as the classroom scene in book one. Instead, education and exploration should be intrinsic part of the book. To quote Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, "don't talk down to kids, just talk to them." Simply don't self censor: leave long words in, include advanced concepts of math, physics, astronomy, music, whatever - education begins with curiosity!
  • In the end, the project is cc-by-sa, which means you can do whatever you want with the story and the characters. Feel free to take or leave these guidelines.

Working with the Files[edit]

Get Inkscape, the Free and Open Source SVG editor, here to easily edit and work with the SVG images. Links to the SVG files are located in each of the images above.


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