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Come Back, Rosie!

Follow Rosie through her neighborhood as she escapes to her favorite place

Photo of Jillian Holmes
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Come Back, Rosie!

SLAM! Oh no!

Where is Rosie?

Out the door!

Come back, Rosie!

Down the steps.

Through the front gate.

Free at last!

Come back, Rosie!

Leap, dive, block!

Can you catch her?

Still too fast!

Come back, Rosie!

Red means STOP.

Not for Rosie!


Watch out, Rosie!

Chase the pigeons.

Bark and holler.

Fly away.

Come back, Rosie!

Water sprays!

Bath time, Rosie!

Shake it out!

Too wet, Rosie!

[Illo: Rosie plays in fountain or open fire hydrant]

See some friends.

Stop to greet them.

SIT for treats.

Wait there, Rosie!

Off again!

Past the schoolyard.

Dead end street.

Caught you Rosie!

Dodge and dart.

Jump and slobber.

Sneaky trick!

Wait up, Rosie!

Follow fast.

Where’s she going?

Slooooow down. Breathe.

There, there, Rosie.

[Illo: Rosie is heading toward the park.]

Grab a stick.

Let’s play fetch, girl.


Good girl, Rosie.

Leave the park.

Tired but happy.

Head for home.

Welcome back, Rosie.

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

Readers and listeners will follow Rosie's journey through this city neighborhood as she escapes to her favorite place, the park. The illustrations will depict not only Rosie's route and hijinks, but also portray the every day hustle and bustle of city life.

Share your suggested book title

Come Back, Rosie!

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

This text uses simple accessible language and everyday scenes to open up conversation between the caregiver and child about Rosie’s big adventure. It encourages questions: Where is Rosie going? What’s she up to now? Will they catch her? The onomatopoeia, rhythmic quality and repetitive nature will also appeal to children, encouraging them to follow along with the refrain, Come Back, Rosie! Rosie's tour of the neighborhood will also give children and caregivers opportunities to see and ask questions about what they see in their own neighborhoods.

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

I am very familiar with Philadelphia, having grown up just outside the city. I also lived and worked in the city for a time, and my father was a teacher in N. Philadelphia for his entire career. We live about an hour away and visit family and friends often.

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

This story was meant to a visual tour through a Philadelphia neighborhood, but with a twist. As the reader chases Rosie through the neighborhood, friendly neighbors attempt to lend a hand and catch wily Rosie. The story is meant to reflect the everyday sights and sounds of Philly’s neighborhoods.

Location: Country


Location: State or Department


Location: City


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/we are creatives, writers, or artists


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Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Jillian Holmes  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Loved your story, could almost feel the pain of the child looking around for Rosie everywhere.
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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