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City Feelings

A child who lives in the city describes a day with their grandmother.

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City Feelings   by Julie Noiman

On my city street, there are big buildings with lots of windows and a small building with small windows.

I live behind a window on the 2nd floor. 

In the morning Granny arrives with her soft scarf and red shoes, I feel excited.

When Mama puts on the blue coat, it’s time for her to go, but she always comes back.

Granny and I walk down my street and around the block to the playground, and I get excited.

The sign says Stop.   Don’t step on the cracks, I pretend little ants are making an underground castle under the sidewalk.

The street is loud. The cars honk, and I cover my ears.  Sometimes I feel scared.

We stop at the corner market to buy an apple from Mr. D, and I give Mr. D a funny face and a high five. He is silly.

Weeeeeee! Granny pushes me on the swing, and I fly like a bird.

Sitting on the bench, I eat my apple and feed a piece to a fuzzy puppy.

I build in the sand with my friends. The grannies say we are dirty and laugh.

It’s time to eat lunch. Granny and I walk home, and I feel hungry.

The rice and beans smell so good, and I eat it all!

I don’t want to nap, and I feel mad. Granny smiles.

Granny reads my favorite book, and I feel happy.


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

Photographs mixed with colorful block or graffiti illustrations that reflect the side of a building or city.

Share your suggested book title

City Feelings

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

Yes, using Tier 1 words and some Tier 2.

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

I live in NYC and have visited Philadelphia. However, I wrote the story to be 'city-neutral' so it could be in any big city.

Location: Country

Brooklyn, NY USA

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a working parent with a child. I reflected on our my own experience of having to work, and my daughter's feelings when her grandmother would watch her during the day.

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am a mom. Sometimes I write.

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Nice one! Best of luck!

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