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City Walk

It’s baby’s day out! And what a fabulous day for a city walk that delights and excites with a lullaby of sounds at the end of a long day.

Photo of Roseanne Frank
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City Walk
133 words


Hello, sun.

Welcome, day.

A city walk,

     we’re on our way!


[street]

BEEP! HONK! Hissss...

"Busy street!"

Subways rumble

     beneath our feet.


[sidewalk]


Should we pass…

 
The cookie shop?

The ice cream spot?

"Yay! We make

       a sweet treat stop."

 

[mural]

 
Colors swirl,

bold and bright.

A rainbow world to

      skyscraper height! (Art Note: Colors will be labeled in the artwork)

  

[park]


Autumn leaves

in swaying trees.

Toss a kite 

        and catch a breeze.

  

Birds say, “Tweep!”

Dogs say, “Bark!”

“Shh…it’s now

        a nap-time park.”

  

Then…

  

Wake up! Wake up!

Sirens blare.

Music playing

      everywhere.

  

Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

Step and swing.

Join our friends

       to dance and sing.

  

YAAAWN.

What's this?

  

Uh-Oh….

the sun dips low.

Wave good-bye.

        It’s time to go.

  

“Let’s go home.”

  

Welcome, night.

Hello, moon.

City glow

     lights the room.

  

A song, a snuggle,

say a prayer,

     while city sounds fill the air.

 

                                                                 END

 

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

City Walk will encourage child and caretaker to venture out and explore the sights and sounds of their city and interact and observe their environment.

Share your suggested book title

City Walk

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).

Hello, sun. Welcome, day. A city walk, we’re on our way! [street] BEEP! HONK! Hissss... "Busy street!" Subways rumble beneath our feet. [sidewalk] Should we pass… The cookie shop? The ice cream spot? "Yay! We make a sweet treat stop." [mural] Colors swirl, Bold and bright. A rainbow world to skyscraper height! (Art Note: Colors will be labeled in the artwork) [park] Autumn leaves in swaying trees. Toss a kite and catch a breeze. Birds say, “Tweep!” Dogs say, “Bark!” “Shh…it’s now a nap time park.” Then… Wake up! Wake up! Sirens blare. Music playing everywhere. Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! Step and swing. Join our friends to dance and sing. YAAAWN. What's this? Uh-Oh…. the sun dips low. Wave good-bye. It’s time to go. “Let’s go home.” Welcome, night. Hello, moon. City glow lights the room. A song, a snuggle, say a prayer, while city sounds fill the air.

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

City Walk encourages caregivers to engage and interact with their child through use of reading, song, dance and all five senses. City Walk makes use of multiple and varied Tier 1 words and cluster families with Tier 2 words sprinkled in. The stanzas are musical and rhythmic, making it an enjoyable (and easy) read-aloud for the listener to learn varied yet simple sentence structures. City Walk makes use of middle - and end-rhyme families. City Walk was written using early childhood literacy development theories and best educational practices to engage. Each stanza gives clues for topics to start conversations and build language skills. - Modeling and repetition - Play through experience - Explore - Listen for sounds – nature & man-made - Imitate sounds - Clap the beats and rhythm of the stanzas - Identify colors - Identify modes of transportation - Identify parts of the city (labeling): street, sidewalk, park - Dance, sing, interact with community - Bedtime routine

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

My brother went to the University in Philadelphia and I visited often. I loved the vibrancy and the history as well as the varied cultural representations in the communities.

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

City Walk reflects daily sights, smells, sounds a child might encounter on a walk with a loved one. It validates that everyday experiences can be learning experiences, and draws a child into interacting with his/her environment, whether it is out and about or snuggled up at home. The manuscript is text sparse to leave room for the illustrator to interpret and convey the busy, vibrant day in the life of an urban resident.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

East Hills

Website URL (optional question)

www.rbfrank.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I focus on crafting picture books. I am a member of SCBWI and the Social Media Coordinator for the Long Island Chapter. I taught early childhood for over ten years. Master’s degree in Reading K-12: Content, Remedial & Clinical Diagnosis. Alumni Board member for School of Education for Manhattanville College. I also write short and flash fiction with many contest winning stories online and in anthologies. I lead the spring writer’s workshop at my local library.

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

If this is to be a 32 page picture book, LeUyen Pham captures the busy, vibrant energy of the city in Stop That Yawn. I envision this to have a similar feel although with a less subdued palette for the front half of the book and quieter colors at the end. If it is to be a board book, I would lean towards a “controlled busy” graphics feel like Subway by Anastasia Swen, with bright colors and wonky tilts.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Bite Size Reads: really short stories for people with very little time or very short attention spans. Peer Reviewed Journals: Manhattanville College – School of Education; Education is Life Magazine (multiple articles) Short stories - Online & Anthologies: various and listed on my website.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Direct email invitation
  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

Attachments (1)

Reader Guide City Walk 2.docx

The Reader's Guide gives concrete ideas on how to engage and interact with the listener. There are opportunities for serve and return, sound mimicking, word repetition, question and answer. Extension activities are also included. Each stanza incorporates speaking, interaction, play, communication and learning.

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Photo of Therese Louie
Team

I enjoyed your careful use of rhyme, rhythm, and imagery. It's very helpful that you included a reader's guide as well.

Photo of Roseanne Frank
Team

Thank you, Therese! And thanks for checking out the Reader's Guide.

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