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City Friends

Through a child's imagination we see the buildings and transportation of the city as living friends.

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Hello, Welcome, Come with me

I have some city friends to see


Sam the skyscraper is big and tall

He's home for kids both big and small


Tammy the train moves smooth and fast

She will take you to work or class


Bob the boat floats merrily by

He loves the water and the sky


Mary the museum has lots of art

She is really super smart


Tom the taxi honks his horn

He drives around til early morn


Penny the plane goes near and far

She is a flying super star


Gary the grocery is where we shop

He knows I like soda pop


Sue the stadium is where sports are played

She remembers when I won the game


But in my city the best of friends

Are the ones I hug at days end


[Artwork is buildings and methods of transport that look like they have faces - but not overly so. Different children could be shown on each page - with the last page showing the children hugging their parents/grandparents/siblings etc that look like the building they saw]

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

Encourages children to use their imagination when out and about in their city.

Share your suggested book title

City Friends

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

This book allows children to experience the city with their caregivers - and can go beyond the book and when the are out and about in the city. It encourages children to both use their imagination and learn about the names functions or different things in their city. Caregivers can point out different images (What is Penny? A plane! What does she do? Fly!)

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

I lived in Philadelphia for a summer when I interned there.

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

The manuscript shows children out an about viewing important buildings/methods of transport in their city.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Texas

Location: City

Dallas

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a new mom and avid reader. Hope my daughter to loves reading as much as I do someday.

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

Artwork is buildings and methods of transport that look like they have faces - but not overly so. Different children could be shown on each page - with the last page showing the children hugging their parents/grandparents/siblings etc that look like the building they saw.

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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City friends. What a great subject. I wish you good luck.

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