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Bob the Sharing Bear

It's a story about sharing, which aims to promote reciprocal relations between self and others.

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Bob the Sharing Bear


Bob is a sharing bear.

Bob likes sharing.

Bob likes new friends.


There is a new friend! Duckling.

Quack! Quack! Quack!

(Illustration: Bob and Duckling hold hands.)


Bob and Duckling find a blueberry.

Bob and Duckling find a basket.

Bob puts the blueberry in the basket.

(Illustration: Bob puts the blueberry in. Duckling claps hands.)


There is a new friend! Puppy.

Bark! Bark! Bark!

(Illustration: Puppy asks, "What’s your name?". Bob says, ” Bob”.)


Bob, Duckling, and Puppy have fun together.

(Illustration: Bob, Duckling, and Puppy hold hands.)

Puppy has to go home.

(Illustration: They wave hands and say goodbye)


There is a new friend! Kitten.

Meow! Meow! Meow!

Kitten brings crayons.

Time to draw the basket.

(Illustration: Bob, Duckling, and Kitten draw together.)


Mum! Mum!

(Illustration: Duckling points at its belly, looks hungry.)

Look! There is an apple tree.

(Illustration: There is an apple tree.)

Let’s get some yummy apples.

(Illustration: Kitten says, “Use your hands, not your mouth.”)


Let’s make apple pies.

(Illustration: They make one big apple pie and one small apple pie.)

Yummy, Yummy, in my tummy.

(Illustration: Bob, Duckling, and Kitten share the big apple pie.)


Let’s share the small apple pie to Puppy.

(Illustration: Bob, Duckling, and Kitten put the pie in the basket.)


Bob is the sharing bear.

Bob shares joys and love.

Sharing is loving.

(Illustration: Bob, Duckling, Kitten, and Puppy hold hands together.)

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

The contexts and materials are based on children's sensory and language development, the touch-and-feel book can increase reciprocal interactions between caregivers and children. Additionally, for promoting social inclusion in urban areas, the book brings up a virtue of sharing and embracing diverse friends.

Share your suggested book title

Bob the Sharing Bear

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).

BOB THE SHARING BEAR. BOB IS A SHARING BEAR. BOB LIKES SHARING. BOB LIKES NEW FRIENDS. THERE IS A NEW FRIEND! DUCKLING.QUACK! QUACK! QUACK! (ILLUSTRATION: BOB AND DUCKLING HOLD HANDS.) BOB AND DUCKLING FIND A BLUEBERRY. BOB AND DUCKLING FIND A BASKET. BOB PUTS THE BLUEBERRY IN THE BASKET. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB PUTS THE BLUEBERRY IN. DUCKLING CLAPS HANDS.) THERE IS A NEW FRIEND! PUPPY. BARK! BARK! BARK! (ILLUSTRATION: PUPPY ASKS, "WHAT’S YOUR NAME?". BOB SAYS,” BOB”.) BOB, DUCKLING, AND PUPPY HAVE FUN TOGETHER. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB, DUCKLING, AND PUPPY HOLD HANDS.) PUPPY HAS TO GO HOME. (ILLUSTRATION: THEY WAVE HANDS AND SAY GOODBYE) THERE IS A NEW FRIEND! KITTEN. MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! KITTEN BRINGS CRAYONS. TIME TO DRAW THE BASKET. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB, DUCKLING, AND KITTEN DRAW TOGETHER.) MUM! MUM! (ILLUSTRATION: DUCKLING POINTS AT ITS BELLY, LOOKS HUNGRY.) LOOK! THERE IS AN APPLE TREE. (ILLUSTRATION: THERE IS AN APPLE TREE.) LET’S GET SOME YUMMY APPLES. (ILLUSTRATION: KITTEN SAYS, “USE YOUR HANDS, NOT YOUR MOUTH.”) LET’S MAKE APPLE PIES. (ILLUSTRATION: THEY MAKE ONE BIG APPLE PIE AND ONE SMALL APPLE PIE.) YUMMY, YUMMY, IN MY TUMMY. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB, DUCKLING, AND KITTEN SHARE THE BIG APPLE PIE.) LET’S SHARE THE SMALL APPLE PIE TO PUPPY. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB, DUCKLING, AND KITTEN PUT PIE IN THE BASKET.) BOB IS THE SHARING BEAR. BOB SHARES JOYS AND LOVE. SHARING IS LOVING. (ILLUSTRATION: BOB, DUCKLING, KITTEN, AND PUPPY HOLD HANDS TOGETHER.)

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

The narratives and storylines are built upon children's language development. For instance, the name of the protagonist-Bob is one of the first sounds that babies can say around 6 months. Following the storylines where Bob put the items in the container, it suggests that 15 months toddlers start to develop abstract reason and motor skills. The narratives on trying new things reflect the importance of exploration and secure attachment during children's overall development. The story also uses repetitions and rhyming to help children to follow. In addition, with regards to the materials, the book is designed as a soft-and-touch book that can facilitate children's sensing perception with diverse textures. Before 12 months, the book can be the babies' toy; 12-24 months toddlers can start to follow the simple story; 2-3 years children can understand all the sentences and start to ask questions. Thus the book can become a good interactive medium between caregivers and children.

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

I have done some research and read the personas to empathize with the end-users in Philadelphia. As a diverse city, its residents are mixed with different ethnic background and characteristics. But the most diverse urban cities are not necessarily inclusive places. I have been lived in urban contexts in Asian and European. This story tries to bring up the ideas of sharing and making diverse friends and aims to create a more reciprocal and inclusive society.

Location: Country

Sweden

Location: State or Department

Skåne

Location: City

Malmö, Lund

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
  • I am/we are a formal part of a University or Research Institution
  • I am/we are a Cooperative or Community-Owned Organization

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

Lots of sounds in this story that will allow the reader to engage the toddler.
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

Photo of Yuhsin Wu
Team

Thank you! Your work that integrates with civic symbols looks amazing.
Good luck to us all :)

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

Thanks for taking the time to read my story and to comment.
Thanks to feedback from folks here I was able to make it what it became.

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