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A Visit to the Laundromat

This story is designed to be highly interactive with the intent of imitating the child's experience at the laundromat.

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The laundromat is open

To all who go there

A community place

That everyone shares

So off to the laundromat

Mom and I go

Clothes in our basket

Detergent in tow

Coins in our pockets

[The page featuring the line above could have coins on a ribbon/string that could be placed by the child in a pocket.]

Jingle as we walk

Deep city rhythms

Keep beat as we talk

Washing machines

Await our clothes

Warm, scented bubbles

[The page featuring the line above could include a scratch and sniff option.]

That tickle our nose

Socks, pants and PJs

All loaded inside

One push of the button

[The page featuring the line above could have a button that indents when pressed.]

They all take a ride

Around and around

Clothes spin and spin

Wet soapy tangles

Without any end

[The next section of the story would be a dial that rotates to create different combinations of colors and clothing items. The dial would add an interactive element to the story to support color recognition and vocabulary development specific to clothing items.]

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Purple

Shirt

Sweater

Pants

Shorts

Dress

Socks

When the spinning stops

Clothes make the switch

[The page featuring the line above could have a cut out of clothing that the child could move from the washing machine to the dryer.]

They move to the dryer

Without any hitch

When the clothes are all dry

They are ready to fold

[The page featuring the line above could include foldables to imitate folding clothes.]

The laundromat visit

Now comes to a close

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

The vision for this book is to instill the love of reading in a child by capitalizing on the wait time associated with a visit to the laundromat. As we wait for our laundry to wash and dry, why not seize the moment to read to a child. While the storyline includes the opportunity to teach color words and the names of clothing, my greatest hope is that the book travels to the laundromat with the laundry to be read again and again.

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A Visit to the Laundromat

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).

The laundromat is open To all who go there A community place That everyone shares So off to the laundromat Mom and I go Clothes in our basket Detergent in tow Coins in our pockets [The page featuring the line above could have coins on a ribbon/string that could be placed bythe child in a pocket.] Jingle as we walk Deep city rhythms Keep beat as we talk Washing machines Await our clothes Warm, scented bubbles [The page featuring the line above could include a scratch and sniff option.] That tickle our nose Socks, pants and PJs All loaded inside One push of the button [The page featuring the line above could have a button that indents when pressed.] They all take a ride Around and around Clothes spin and spin Wet soapy tangles Without any end [The next section of the story would be a dial that rotates to create different combinations of colors and clothing items. The dial would add an interactive element to the story to support color recognition and vocabulary development specific to clothing items.] Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple Shirt Sweater Pants Shorts Dress Socks When the spinning stops Clothes make the switch [The page featuring the line above could be have a clothes cut out the child could move from the washing machine to the dryer.] They move to the dryer Without any hitch When the clothes are all dry They are ready to fold [The page featuring the line above could include foldables to imitate folding clothes.] The laundromat visit Now comes to a close

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

I have many fond memories of the laundromat. My children and I have learned so many life lessons from the patrons who frequented our neighborhood laundromat, not to mention the laundromats we visited while vacationing. For me, the laundromat represents a community center of sorts where people from every walk of life and all generations come together to share their experiences and life stories.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Texas

Location: City

Rockwall

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

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

  • No

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 Itika Gupta
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Hi Shannon Terry  welcome to the Challenge Community once more!
Thank you so much for so deeply sharing so many ideas for this challenge. Really love and appreciate your enthusiasm. And what I love about your stories in indeed how you make something so profound using regular inanimate objects.
Thanks again. Look forward to seeing this story evolve over the new few weeks.

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