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Carousel Ride

An action rhyme a caregiver can do while giving a baby a horsie ride on their knee, based on the carousel in Philadelphia's Franklin Square.

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CAROUSEL RIDE

by

Judith L. Roth

Baby on a zebra,

baby on a knee.

Baby on a horsie,

whee whee whee!

Catch a kiss from Grandma,

hold it on your nose.

Toss it to your mommy while she's

tickling your toes.

Laughing on a lion,

laughing on a knee.

Laughing on a horsie,

hee hee hee!

Wiggle both your eyebrows,

wiggle both your lips.

Wiggle all your fingers and

wiggle your hips.

Swaying on a dragon,

swaying on a knee.

Swaying on a horsie,

swee swee swee!

Try a trick for tumblers—

floating in the air.

Backwards on a race horse,

if you dare....

Slowing down an eagle,

slowing down a knee.

Slowing down a horsie,

whoa whoa whee!

Sing a happy thank-you.

Pat a painted friend.

Swing a hug around a neck...

we'll come back again.

Hopping off an elephant,

hopping off a knee.

Hopping off a horsie...

whee whee whee!

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

Caregivers connect with their babies in rhythm and motion in this rhyme, while introducing animal names and body parts and actions.

Share your suggested book title

Carousel Ride

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).

CAROUSEL RIDE by Judith L. Roth Baby on a zebra, baby on a knee. Baby on a horsie, whee whee whee! Catch a kiss from Grandma, hold it on your nose. Toss it to your mommy while she's tickling your toes. Laughing on a lion, laughing on a knee. Laughing on a horsie, hee hee hee! Wiggle both your eyebrows, wiggle both your lips. Wiggle all your fingers and wiggle your hips. Swaying on a dragon, swaying on a knee. Swaying on a horsie, swee swee swee! Try a trick for tumblers— floating in the air. Backwards on a race horse, if you dare.... Slowing down an eagle, slowing down a knee. Slowing down a horsie, whoa whoa whee! Sing a happy thank-you. Pat a painted friend. Swing a hug around a neck... we'll come back again. Hopping off an elephant, hopping off a knee. Hopping off a horsie... whee whee whee!

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

Rhythm and movement are helpful for learning. My resources are simply experience as a caregiver to know what babies respond t, and accumulated knowledge as a children's writer attending conferences and workshops.

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

Many urban areas have carousels nearby that can be enjoyed by children. The cost is usually not prohibitive. I think most people can connect with the idea of a knee horsie ride as a fun and bonding time between baby and caregiver.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Indiana

Location: City

Elkhart

Website URL (optional question)

www.judithlroth.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm a children's author, and a mother and grandmother. I'm concerned for the children of the world, that they have the resources they need to succeed as enriched and enriching global citizens.

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

This is a lovely image I found for Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. But an art director might want something less lovely and more fun.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Cups Held Out (Herald Press) Julia's Words (Herald Press) Serendipity & Me (Viking Children's Books) Goodnight, Dragons (Disney*Hyperion)

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently 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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Hi Judith Roth  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Very warm and pleasant story, such a feel good manuscript you have especially because of all those sounds it introduces
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

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