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6 Little Puppies

6 Little puppies is a fun and interactive children’s storybook that teaches about differences and core similarities through cute characters.

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6 Little Puppies

A Children’s Story by Anushree

A happy family with 6 little puppies lives on South Street.

Momma dog is gray with white spots and a white tail.

Poppa dog is tan with black ears and black feet.

The 6 little puppies are all different.

There are three little boy puppies and three little girl puppies.

The first puppy is a boy, his name is Skip, he is gray with black ears and three white feet.

The second puppy is a girl, her name is Snow, she is white with tan feet.

The third puppy is a boy, his name is Shadow, he is all gray.

The fourth puppy is a girl, her name is Tipper, she is tan with gray spots and gray at the tip of her tail.

The fifth puppy is a boy, his name is Topper, he is tan with a white spot at the top of his back.

The sixth puppy is a girl, her name is Tanny, she is tan all over.

Each one of the 6 little brother and sister puppies looks a little like Momma and a little like Poppa.

But each of the 6 little puppies has his or her own unique look.

They have different colors in different places and different marks and different personalities too!

But they are the same in the most important ways.

They all have 2 eyes, 2 ears, a nose, a mouth, sharp little teeth, wagging tails, 4 feet, and 20 toes.

And they all bark just like this:

WOOF WOOF WOOF!

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

Young readers and their caregivers will love the 6 little puppy characters and will enjoy interaction by pointing out their gender, colors, different markings, and body parts; they will also have fun remembering the quirky names. But most importantly, the story teaches the moral that despite their differences, the little puppies are the same in the most important ways; this is a vital lesson for children who will grow up among diverse and ethnic urban populations as in the case of Philadelphia.

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6 Little Puppies

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

6 Little Puppies A Children’s Story by Anushree A happy family with 6 little puppies lives on South Street. Momma dog is gray with white spots and a white tail. Poppa dog is tan with black ears and black feet. The 6 little puppies are all different. There are three little boy puppies and three little girl puppies. The first puppy is a boy, his name is Skip, he is gray with black ears and three white feet. The second puppy is a girl, her name is Snow, she is white with tan feet. The third puppy is a boy, his name is Shadow, he is all gray. The fourth puppy is a girl, her name is Tipper, she is tan with gray spots and gray at the tip of her tail. The fifth puppy is a boy, his name is Topper, he is tan with a white spot at the top of his back. The sixth puppy is a girl, her name is Tanny, she is tan all over. Each one of the 6 little brother and sister puppies looks a little like Momma and a little like Poppa. But each of the 6 little puppies has his or her own unique look. They have different colors in different places and different marks and different personalities too! But they are the same in the most important ways. They all have 2 eyes, 2 ears, a nose, a mouth, sharp little teeth, wagging tails, 4 feet, and 20 toes. And they all bark just like this: WOOF WOOF WOOF!

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

Caregivers for the age group 0-3 years from native English speaking homes can read 6 Little Puppies along with the young readers to help them acquire the appropriate Tier 1 words that comprise the story, and are easily explained. There is limited use of more sophisticated Tier 2/3 words because the intended readers here are very young. A few words such as "unique" "personality" and some names will stimulate faster learners. However, in an urban metropolis like Philly, there will always be families with lower socioeconomic status and those learning English, whose young learners will require more instruction. Caregivers for those young readers can employ the interactive nature of the manuscript to provide more instruction that may be required. Repetition and the use of cluster words such as numbers (e.g., 6 puppies, 2 eyes, 4 legs, 20 toes), colors and parts, family relations can help the caregivers to use the manuscript in an instructional way. Different readers can benefit differently.

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

Coming of age, I watched the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a then-popular sitcom about a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who, after getting into fights, is sent to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air. I felt that it was unfair to be uprooted from his environment and forced to fit in elsewhere. What about others in West Philly who had no rich uncle to go to? How could the urban environment support them? I was growing up in NYC, a similar urban metropolis, and I came to appreciate the diversity of city living. Large diverse populations with ethnic neighborhoods and easy transportation make life interesting; one learns to appreciate diversity and see the underlying similarities.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

We start noticing differences early in life and we can either learn to appreciate those who are different from us or distrust them as something other than. This children's story wants caregivers to mold early readers to begin to see the beauty of diversity through the 6 little puppies who are all different, but deep down the same. Their differences are merely different combinations of their mother and father. They are siblings, so differences are just on the surface. The same is true for the diverse array of people from different races, ethnic groups, and communities, who may look, speak and dress differently. Young readers will come to appreciate the diversity in urban areas like Philly.

Location: Country

USA & India I am a permanent based in the USA; but I am currently living/studying in Kerala, India

Location: State or Department

New York, USA & Kerala, India

Location: City

Brooklyn

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a graduate student of philosophy. For me, philosophy provides answers/solutions to all the problems of life. Whether it is a children's story, a blog or an academic journal, the audience may differ, the tone and context will vary, but the moral, the answer, the solution will invariably involve the philosophy of oneness. From growing up in NYC, passing through Philly to study in DC, having friends from many urban areas including Philly, now studying in India, I thrive in diversity but see only oneness. Ancient philosophers have said it. We all share the same hopes, joys and sorrows. We all want to be happy and safe. Even if we prefer to embrace our own culture and uniqueness, we can appreciate diversity and uniqueness in others and their goals. The younger we start to do so, the better for mankind. I am currently working alone with these timeless truths, but at my university, a fellow student helped with illustrations and there is a maker space for quality pop-up printing.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

The present illustration is based on the style of the animated movie "Lady and the Tramp". It vaguely shows the features of each puppy as explained in the story. Ideally, the final visuals will portray chubby, cute pups, attractive to kids, engaged in activities, with clearly distinct features; similar to the style in the widely popular children's story "Where's Spot?" Popup printing will foster interaction as caregivers point out and engage readers to notice the features of the puppies.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Pelicans, Christ & Climate Justice (https://catholicclimatemovement.global/pelicans-christ-climate-justice/) A Calf Named Sita (An article in a spiritual journal about the miraculous birth of a calf named Sita) Other newspaper articles, poems, academic and professional publications.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Good narrative but no dialogue. The caregiver and the child need to interact.

Photo of Rondine Anushree Twist
Team

Thank you. The interaction will happen as the caregiver and reader together point the different features of each puppy in the illustrations.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

You are welcome. Your point is valid.
Good luck

Photo of Rondine Anushree Twist
Team

Thanks! :-). Same to you if you are part of the competition...

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

Thanks. Oh yes I'm...
Regards

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