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Big City Bee

This playful book touches on the noise pollution of a big city, but the Big City Bee cannot be heard without some flowers to rest on.

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Big City Bee

“Wee Woo” go the sirens

“Beep beep” go the horns

“Slurp slurp” go the coffee drinkers

“Eep eep” go the rats

“Clonk clonk” go the walkers

“Choo choo” go the trains

“Bang bang” go the builders

“Tweet tweet” go the birds

“Pitter patter” go the rain drops

“Tick tock” go the clocks

“Meow meow” go the cats

“Mumble mumble” go the people

“Vroom vroom” go the cars

There are many noises in the Big City

But where are the bees?

Where were the flowers and trees?

A bee is so tiny and small

But the city is so big and tall

There is a poor little bee,

had nowhere to flee

The bee must look around

the Big City down town

He came across somewhere pretty

In the Big City

It was a flower bed

Where the bee can be fed

There on a balcony

Many colors you can see

Red, blue, purple and green

Big City garden for bees he goes

A secret place that no one knows

The Big City bee

Was now happy

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

This is an interactive book for the care-giver to read to a baby/toddler with exciting sound effects and the second part of the book has a short rhyme about a Bee. But this book is based on city noises and sounds with a city background to the illustrations, not the typical farm yard story book.

Share your suggested book title

Big City Bee

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

This book plays with the sounds of a city surrounding and has short simple sentences that are repetitive whilst telling a story about the bee trying to find somewhere to go.

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

The book takes on a typical children's book them using the sounds of surroundings, but this is in an urban context. For example, the bird goes "tweet tweet", instead of an image of a bird on a tree in a field, the bird would be placed on a lamp-post, or a bin in the city. The same for the horn sound, the image would be the traffic jam on the road. Although children's books are picturesque and imaginative usually with a pretty green setting, the reality for urban city children is different and this book has the potential to relate to that.

Location: Country

United Kingdom

Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I have worked with young children for many years as a care-giver or a teacher, reading books is an important time for children's learning development. I am passionate about trying to encourage education and strive to relate my work to children from all backgrounds.

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

busy city colorful sketches

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 creatives, writers, or artists


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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Very interesting concept of noise pollution and how it affects bees.

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