Let's go for a walk, little one.
It's too fine a morning to stay in bed!
Come along now and keep open your eyes, ears, and nose,
What you might see, hear or smell -- who knows?!
Our world is a wonder to behold, little one,
But to understand it, you must pay close attention.
All around us are the bits and pieces, patterns and shapes,
That form the greater whole
Look! What is that we see?
Circles in the cobblestone street,
Rectangles in the brick road,
Octagons that say 'STOP'!
Listen! What is that we hear?
'Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!' of birds,
'Woof! Woof! Woof!' of dogs,
'Toooon! Toooon! Toooon!' of a firetruck.
Sniff! What is that we smell?
Blooming flowers in our community garden,
Cupcakes baking at the bakery,
A barbecue at the block party.
That smells so good!
Then let's try a taste!
Salty pretzels, buttery popcorn,
Chicken and rice with some spice.
I just felt a raindrop! [illustration would show a raindrop falling on child's arm]
Ah ha! Let's watch and listen closely,
Even the rain has something to show and tell! [illustration would show a tessellation of falling raindrops]
Some shapes may be hard to understand,
With unusual loops and swirls, dashes and dots, [illustration would show a medley of scripts in different languages]
Some sounds may sound strange, [illustration would show people talking to each other in different languages]
With notes and tones you've never heard before,
But maybe we can ask for help?
Or use technology in a pinch! [illustration would show a smartphone being used to translate a language]
Some shapes you may not see,
But you may be the missing point. [illustration would show the child linking with others in a circle to form a circle]
Some music you may not hear, [illustration would show a noisy street]
But you may be the missing note! [illustration would show the child clapping along with a street music band]