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Dad-Venture Day!

On a rainy day, Dad comes home and plays with children in the apartment, engaging children's imaginations as they lovingly roughhouse.

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Rainy day, thunder growls,

Grumpy, dumpy angry scowls.


FLASH of wonder! Hopes arise!

Daddy! Daddy! Whee! Surprise!


Climbing monkeys, hug and cling,                             

Tightrope tiptoe, swoop and swing.

 

Rocket racket, launch and roar,

Swirling orbit, planet tour,


Cosmic landing, lunar base                 

Bouncing, rolling out in space.


Teeter-totter, surf the waves,      (balancing on Daddy's belly as he lies flat)

Flipping,  FLYING! Wipe-Out -– Save!


Ponies prancing, bronco buck,

Flinging – flying!  FLOP in muck.        (land in a pile of laundry)


Quicksand squeezes! Wrapped up tight,                    (wrapped in blankets)

Wiggle, squiggle, squeal and fight!


Cave-in! Slipping! AVALANCHE!               (pillow pile)

Help me, Daddy!

Grab the branch!                                             (daddy’s arm)


Climbing cliffs – don’t let me tumble!                        (climbing daddy)

Boulders rolling, free-fall fumble.


Softest landing, float downstream,                 (pulled around on a blanket)

Moving, flying Daddy dream,


Earthquake rumbles, shivers - WHOMP!      (Daddy the dinosaur)

Rustle, Rumble -- DINO STOMP!


Monster follows, screaming chase!

Running, hiding, thrilling race,


Start the battle, Ready, Aim!              (pillow fight)

Hail the Heroes! Shout their names!


Monster conquered, feed the masses              (snack)

Join the feast! Raise your glasses!


Raise the tent, turn out the light                    (blanket fort and flashlights)

Cozy camp, Dad-venture Night.

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

When fathers lovingly play with their children , they help them grow and thrive. Dads often play differently with their kids than moms, and that adventurous spirit excites children's imaginations and strengthens the family bond.

Share your suggested book title

Dad-Venture Day or Jumble-Dad Day or Jungle-Dad Day, since the father is like a jungle gym.

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).

Cindy Jenson-Elliott Picture Book/Board Book 2615 Luna Ave. Word Count: 150 San Diego, CA 92117 858-270-3757 cjensonelliott@san.rr.com www.cindyjensonelliott.com Dad-Venture Day! By Cindy Jenson-Elliott Rainy day, thunder growls, Grumpy, dumpy angry scowls. FLASH of wonder! Hopes arise! Daddy! Daddy! Whee! Surprise! Climbing monkeys, hug and cling, Tightrope tiptoe, swoop and swing. Rocket racket, launch and roar, Swirling orbit, planet tour, Cosmic landing, lunar base Bouncing, rolling out in space. Teeter-totter, surf the waves, (balancing on Daddy's belly as he lies flat) Flipping, FLYING! Wipe-Out -– Save! Ponies prancing, bronco buck, Flinging – flying! FLOP in muck. (land in a pile of laundry) Quicksand squeezes! Wrapped up tight, (wrapped in blankets) Wiggle, squiggle, squeal and fight! Cave-in! Slipping! AVALANCHE! (pillow pile) Help me, Daddy! Grab the branch! (daddy’s arm) Climbing cliffs – don’t let me tumble! (climbing daddy) Boulders rolling, free-fall fumble. Softest landing, float downstream, (pulled around on a blanket) Moving, flying Daddy dream, Earthquake rumbles, shivers - WHOMP! (Daddy the dinosaur) Rustle, Rumble -- DINO STOMP! Monster follows, screaming chase! Running, hiding, thrilling race, Start the battle, Ready, Aim! (pillow fight) Hail the Heroes! Shout their names! Monster conquered, feed the masses (snack) Join the feast! Raise your glasses! Raise the tent, turn out the light! (blanket fort and flashlights) Cozy camp, Dad-venture Night.

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

As a long-time educator and children's book author, I know that rhyming and rhythm, and the musicality of language are important features of early childhood literature that engage children's imaginations and keep them listening. Young children think through movement, and anytime a book can encourage movement through rhyme, rhythm and motions, it helps expand literacy. The subject matter of children's books is important, too. Can kids relate to what they see? Are their families visible in the book? Can the child look at a book and think, "That's me!" when they see the pictures? In addition, the emotional underpinning of a book -- how relationships are depicted -- gives children and families an opportunity to bond through reading and through a shared pleasurable experience.

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

I was born in Philadelphia, and I lived there for most of the first ten years of my life (with a brief period in Wyoming as a toddler). My grandmother, grandfather, father, and brother all went to medical school in Philadelphia, my grandfather graduating in 1912, so my family had a long connection with the city. During my college years, I took a year off in the middle and returned to Philadelphia to work at a program called A Better Chance, as a live-in tutor for a household of low-income Black and Hispanic high school students.

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

The father-child bond is universal. I currently teach low-income Mexican and Vietnamese students, and I observe that fathers almost universally are more hands-on in their play with their children, and that the children with the strongest sense of self and those whose fathers have a strong bond with their children.

Location: Country

San Diego, CA, USA

Location: State or Department

CA

Location: City

San Diego

Website URL (optional question)

www.cindyjensonelliott.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I work with low-income students at Nativity Prep Academy, San Diego's only free private school exclusively for low-income students. We offer middle schoolers an 11 year program of support helping them become the first in their families to graduate from college. Almost all of our students' families are also immigrants. I look for ways to support these kinds of families in my work as both an educator and a writer.

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

I love the work of Reggie Brown, an African-American illustrator in San Diego. Here is his website: https://trendingcreativedesign.com/ and his contact information reggie@trendingcreativedesign.com https://trendingcreativedesign.com/sfbe146eyf5r5icxnjzg54k06b6tkc

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Weeds Find a Way, Beach Lane Books, 2014 Dig In! Beach Lane Books, 2016 Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature, Christy Ottaviano Books, 2016 Poem "Little Sister's Drawing,' Highlights for Children, March 2019

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
  • SCBWI

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I am an educator and a children's book author

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Hi Cndy Jenson-Elliott  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Loved your story, especially because it is so detailed and descriptive with the imagery and sounds.
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 on the challenge page.

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