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Bennie the Barking Dog

A book about learning to adapt (on both sides). Also touches on early adversity and impact on anxiety and communication

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Bennie the puppy dog, loved to play and sleep.

Puppy-hood had been rough; sometimes he didn’t have a home or things to eat

But then his humans brought him home, to a comfy bed and walks in the park.

Bennie was safe and sound, with one problem: he couldn’t help but bark!

Bennie barked ‘hello!’ to other dogs on his walk, squirrels and children too

He barked when he was happy, or scared, or feeling blue

Bennie barked at thunder, and when skateboards flew by

His humans said “Bennie, we love you, but stop that barking! Could you please just try?”

They tried to distract him, to give Bennie treats and pets and toys

But Bennie kept on barking, at the lights, or thunder, or noise

Bennie didn’t understand, his bark meant lots of different things. After all, he had to bark! Dogs can’t oink, or moo, or sing!

His humans brought in a trainer, who told Bennie “your bark is how you speak. What we need to do is to make a little tweak.”

She taught him ways to show his feelings, with a nudge, or noise, or nip on the ear. Then Bennie could save his big barks, for when he really wanted people to hear.

The trainer also taught his humans, that Bennie’s barks were special and his own. To listen when he meant it, and to reward his efforts with cuddles (and sometimes a bone)

Now Bennie’s family is happy, they all learned how to listen and to speak

And Bennie learned it really is best, to not bark before you think!

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

a book about learning to adapt (on both sides). Also touches on early adversity and impact on anxiety and communication

Share your suggested book title

Bennie the Barking Dog

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).

Bennie the puppy dog, loved to play and sleep. Puppy-hood had been rough; sometimes he didn’t have a home or things to eat But then his humans brought him home, to a comfy bed and walks in the park. Bennie was safe and sound, with one problem: he couldn’t help but bark! Bennie barked ‘hello!’ to other dogs on his walk, squirrels and children too He barked when he was happy, or scared, or feeling blue Bennie barked at thunder, and when skateboards flew by His humans said “Bennie, we love you, but stop that barking! Could you please just try?” They tried to distract him, to give Bennie treats and pets and toys But Bennie kept on barking, at the lights, or thunder, or noise Bennie didn’t understand, his bark meant lots of different things. After all, he had to bark! Dogs can’t oink, or moo, or sing! His humans brought in a trainer, who told Bennie “your bark is how you speak. What we need to do is to make a little tweak.” She taught him ways to show his feelings, with a nudge, or noise, or nip on the ear. Then Bennie could save his big barks, for when he really wanted people to hear. The trainer also taught his humans, that Bennie’s barks were special and his own. To listen when he meant it, and to reward his efforts with cuddles (and sometimes a bone) Now Bennie’s family is happy, they all learned how to listen and to speak And Bennie learned it really is best, to not bark before you think!

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

Includes tier I and II vocabulary, with alliteration and developmentally appropriate language

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

I live within the Philadelphia area, and work with children who have experienced both environmental and medical adversity in early childhood.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

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Very interesting story line. Bennie the dog getting a new home with a loving family. My only suggestion is to tweak it a little to create some more dialogue for the child and caregiver interaction

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