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Can you guess what I see? (revised)

A word game that encourages children and their caretakers to play with sounds they hear and things they see in the city together.

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"Meow Meow Meow."

Can you guess what I see?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

You see a cat.


That’s right.

A cat. A cat! A little cat,

sitting in the cafè.

Tell me what else you see?

(*illustration note: a scene in a cafe.)


----


"Woof woof woof."

Can you guess what I see?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

You see a dog.


That’s right.

A dog. A dog! A friendly dog,

walking in the park.

Tell me what else you see?

(*illustration note: a scene in a park.)


-----


"Buzz buzz buzz."

Can you guess what I see?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

You see a bee.


That’s right!

A bee. A bee. A busy bee,

dancing by the swing.

Tell me what else you see?

(*illustration note: a scene in a playground)


----


"Throom throom throom."

Can you guess what I see?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

You see a bus.


That’s right.

A bus. A bus. A big, big bus

for us to ride.

Tell me what else you see?

(*illustration note: a scene on the bus)


----


"Da-da-da Ba-ba-ba, Da-da-da"

Can you guess what I see?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

You see a baby.


That’s right.

A baby. A baby! A happy baby,

chatting with Daddy.

Tell me what else you see?

(*illustration note: a scene in a living room)


---

Shhh, shhh, shhh

Can you guess why I say shhh?


Yes, I can. Yes, I can.

It is time for bed.

Tell me who else is sleeping already?

(*illustration note: a scene in a bedroom)


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

A book that encourages the interaction between children and their caretakers, by sharing/talking/playing with sounds they hear and things they see in the city. The book introduces a structure that allows readers to expand. They can use the same format to make up their own verses, bringing in their personal experience. The book makes it easy for caretakers to pull out words and phrases to use them with children no matter how young they are.

Share your suggested book title

Can you guess what I see?

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).

"Meow Meow Meow." Can you guess what I see? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. You see a cat. That’s right. A cat. A cat! A little cat, sitting in the cafè. Tell me what else you see? (*illustration note: a scene in a cafe.) ---- "Woof woof woof." Can you guess what I see? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. You see a dog. That’s right. A dog. A dog! A friendly dog, walking in the park. Tell me what else you see? (*illustration note: a scene in a park.) ----- "Buzz buzz buzz." Can you guess what I see? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. You see a bee. That’s right! A bee. A bee. A busy bee, dancing by the swing. Tell me what else you see? (*illustration note: a scene in a playground) ---- "Throom throom throom." Can you guess what I see? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. You see a bus. That’s right. A bus. A bus. A big, big bus for us to ride. Tell me what else you see? (*illustration note: a scene on the bus) ---- "Da-da-da Ba-ba-ba, Da-da-da" Can you guess what I see? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. You see a baby. That’s right. A baby. A baby! A happy baby, chatting with Daddy. Tell me what else you see? (*illustration note: a scene in a living room) --- Shhh, shhh, shhh Can you guess why I say shhh? Yes, I can. Yes, I can. It is time for bed. Tell me who else is sleeping already? (*illustration note: a scene in a bedroom)

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

The story is based on my own experience of being a mother, and the word games I play with my toddler daughter. By age 2, my daughter is very chatty and could speak complete sentences. This gives me a unique window looking into the mind of a toddler, and discover things that interest her. She is often very proud of making herself understood when she speaks. Onomatopoeia has been a great help for her to be confident and willing to try more words because it is often easier to learn that the names of animals or things. She then learned the nouns by repeating the same set of onomatopoeia and nouns in different songs and games we made up. We also make our own onomatopoeia for things that have no standard onomatopoeia. I have done some research on tier 1 and tier 2 vocabulary on the internet and had kept that in mind when crafting my manuscripts. Currently, I am revising my story based on the advice from the book "children's book writer word bank."

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

I looked through the resources provided by Openideo in the Urban context section. I have never been to Philadelphia. But I do understand what it is like to live in a multi-cultural urban environment, as we live in a neighborhood in Oslo which consists of families from all over the world.

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

The story takes the reader to places a baby/toddler would go with their caretakers in the urban environment. The story also provides a structure for readers to make up more verses with their own words and experiences, which will encourage caretakers to talk about what they see/hear to the child when they are out in the city. The picture in this story will be as important as the words themselves. I envisioned to show the multi-ethnicity community and people of all colors living together in the city via the illustrations.

Location: Country

Oslo, Norway

Location: City

Oslo

Website URL (optional question)

www.lixin.no

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a freelance illustrator, in my early career on children's book writer and illustrator world. I have worked as a UX designer for nearly 10 years, and a big part of my work were done in the educational sector. I worked with youth and children in urban and rural Uganda, and also university students in Norway, both in the context of building platforms for learning purposes. I have always been passionated about visual storytelling, comics and graphic novels. Ever since I became a mother, I am spending countless hours researching good children's book to read for my daughter. I was blown away by the power and the impact good children's books have on a toddler's little mind. So I decided to write and illustrate my own.

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)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

- Dagen's Don't (the short story collection in comic format, in Norwegian language; I worked as an illustrator). - Various self published comic zines.

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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I love your visuals! And the interaction is wonderful. Good luck!

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