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City Sense

Along with Pretzel-man Pete and his Pup, have fun exploring senses with your Little One, including a sense of belonging and inclusion.

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Blink

Blink

Look and See

Trees

Feet

Lights

Pete

Blink Your Eyes with Me!

 

Wiggle

Wiggle

Stop and Listen

Beeping

Ringing

Blowing

Singing

Wiggle Your Ears with Me!

 

Sniff

Sniff

Smell the Air

Rain 

Leaves

Fish 

Cheese

Tap Your Nose with Me!

 

Chew

Chew

Time to Eat

Apple 

Yogurt 

Pretzel Treat

Now we say, “Thank you, Pete!”

 

Clap

Clap

Slow and Fast

Zip that Coat

Point Up, Up

Dig in Sand

Here's Pete’s Pup

Pet Pete’s Pup with Me!

 

Smile

Smile

Wave and Nod

Streets Together

Bus Together

We Together

Us Together

Pete, Pup, People and You and Me!

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

Caregivers and babies/toddlers alike will have fun repeating common gestures and connecting them with eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands. Additionally, they will get to know and love our two main characters; Pete and his Pup and begin to learn about kindness and acceptance of all people.

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City Sense

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).

Blink Blink Look and See Trees Feet Lights Pete Blink Your Eyes with Me! Wiggle Wiggle Stop and Listen Beeping Ringing Blowing Singing Wiggle Your Ears with Me! Sniff Sniff Smell the Air Rain Leaves Fish Cheese Tap Your Nose with Me! Chew Chew Time to Eat Apple Yogurt Pretzel Treat Now we say, “Thank you, Pete!” Clap Clap Slow and Fast Zip that Coat Point Up, Up Dig in Sand Here's Pete’s Pup Pet Pete’s Pup with Me! Smile Smile Wave and Nod Streets Together Bus Together We Together Us Together Pete, Pup, People and You and Me!

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

As a former preschool marketing and development professional, mother of three, and current caregiver of toddler twins (since infancy), I incorporated personal experience, work experience, past EC coursework, and OpenIDEO resources into the development of my manuscript. My top priority was making the story exciting for both the reader and the child as well as interactive in ways that are fun, familiar, and never a burden to read again and again... and again!

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

I grew up in central New Jersey in the 1970s. My family traveled to Philadelphia regularly when I was a child as my sister was receiving medical treatment at CHOP. In my teens, I often visited Philadelphia for cultural experiences. However, I have resided in Colorado for the past 22 years, so my familiarity with Philly is rooted in the distant past.

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

My hope is this manuscript will resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts through sensory details that are commonly encountered in such a setting. I envision the illustrations adding deeper layers to the depiction of city life and diversity. I crafted the story to speak to all walks of life and believe it will be fun and meaningful for readers and listeners dwelling outside the city as well.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Colorado

Location: City

Denver

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Meg Yoder and I hope you enjoy “City Sense” as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’ve been rendered capable of doing so by my passion for parenting, caregiving, urban living, inclusion and the crucial importance of early brain development. The children I’ve raised, the babies in my care, and the silly characters in this book, make me proud to call myself the author! A resident of Denver, Colo. USA, I’m Mom to three teenagers, a wife, an artist, a writer, and a reader; loving all kinds of books, from 99 to 999 words and beyond!

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

I would love to collaborate on potential visuals for this story to add fresh perspective and diversity of thought and creativity. I had fun making this one page, which introduces the Pretzel Seller, "Pete" and his trusty Pup. I imagine babies and toddlers would enjoy the collage format, as it directly depicts familiar objects. Babies are drawn to bright colors and abstract shapes, thus the background choice. And I've always found it fun to incorporate children's drawings in works of collage.

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/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Hi Meg Yoder  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Very interesting way of introducing so many aspects of a learning book with minimum use of words. Love how your story is rhythmic, repeating, precise and talking about so many new words the child can learn.
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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