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Children's Book Manuscript: Snacks with Pedro

It's a story about a boy learning that some families have different cultures and traditions. They may eat different things.

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SNACKS WITH PEDRO- MANUSCRIPT


Hi! My name is Trenton.

Today I am going to my friend Pedro’s house to play.

We play with blocks,

Cars,

His Kitchen set,

And airplanes.

“It’s snack time, boys,” his mom says.

Pedro digs right in.

I don’t.

“What’s wrong?” Pedro’s mom asks.

I don’t want it.

Soon after my mommy comes to pick me up.

She talks to Pedro’s mom for a long time.

We get home and mommy brings me 2 snacks.

“Both of these are corn, but you eat them differently,” mommy tells me.

I try them.

They taste the same.

“The snack Pedro’s mom gave you was corn,” mommy tells me.

“But it looked different mommy.”

“Well she put some extra stuff on it,” says mommy.

“I love corn, mommy! I hope I didn’t make Pedro and his mommy feel bad.”

A week later, Pedro has a birthday party in the park.

We all play in the sand

And on the swings.

We eat hotdogs and hamburgers.

Pedro’s mom and dad walk around passing out dessert. It’s the same thing she gave at snack time last week.

“What’s that called?”

Pedro tells me, “It’s elote!”

“Elote?”

“Yes, elote. It’s my favorite dessert.”

I ask Pedo’s mommy, “May I have one, please?”

“Here you go,” she says.

This is so tasty! I’m so glad that I tried it!

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

I want children and parents to have conversations about things that kids may not readily understand. I want parents to celebrate with their kids what makes families both similar and different.

Share your suggested book title

Snacks with Pedro

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).

SNACKS WITH PEDRO- MANUSCRIPT Hi! My name is Trenton. Today I am going to my friend Pedro’s house to play. We play with blocks, Cars, His Kitchen set, And airplanes. “It’s snack time, boys,” his mom says. Pedro digs right in. I don’t. “What’s wrong?” Pedro’s mom asks. I don’t want it. Soon after my mommy comes to pick me up. She talks to Pedro’s mom for a long time. We get home and mommy brings me 2 snacks. “Both of these are corn, but you eat them differently,” mommy tells me. I try them. They taste the same. “The snack Pedro’s mom gave you was corn,” mommy tells me. “But it looked different mommy.” “Well she put some extra stuff on it,” says mommy. “I love corn, mommy! I hope I didn’t make Pedro and his mommy feel bad.” A week later, Pedro has a birthday party in the park. We all play in the sand And on the swings. We eat hotdogs and hamburgers. Pedro’s mom and dad walk around passing out dessert. It’s the same thing she gave at snack time last week. “What’s that called?” Pedro tells me, “It’s elote!” “Elote?” “Yes, elote. It’s my favorite dessert.” I ask Pedo’s mommy, “May I have one, please?” “Here you go,” she says. This is so tasty! I’m so glad that I tried it!

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

I watched and read many of the resources provided on the resource list prior to writing the story. Additionally, there was a focus on tier 1 words used when writing this book. It also models and encourages open dialogue between parents and their children. The protagonist in the story didn't want to try a snack that looked unfamiliar to him. Then, his mother showed him that it was like something he'd eaten before.

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

In many urban areas, there is a great deal of diversity. This is represented in this story as the main character learns about his friend's family and some of the foods that they eat.

Location: Country

Baltimore, MD, USA

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Princess Agha, and I am an educator. I value education and social emotional learning (SEL). This informs how approach this work, and SEL is one of the intended learning outcomes for this story.

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)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Hi Princess Agha  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
What better way to introduce the diversity of cultures to children than food. Love how your story talks about the subtle differences of our eating habits to talk about diversity to the child.
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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