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Good Morning Sun and Water in the Clouds!

This colorful book tells how Aura, greets the sun and learns about body exercises following animal movements in her backyard.

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Good Morning Sun and Water in the Clouds!/ Buenos Días Sol y Agüita de las Nubes!

Let’s greet the yellow sun and the water in the clouds exclaimed the red salamander with an enthusiastic voice like red salamanders always talk!

(Main cue to the caregiver: 

If you are not familiar with these English or Spanish words, feel free to visit our youtube video pronunciation guide. 

If you feel like doing the movements you see in this book, make sure your spine is straight and kindly encourage your kid to do the same. 

Please also make sure to read slowly, make changes in your voice accordingly, count numbers, and point everything in the book as you read. This approach helps our little reader to maintain focus and learn faster.

Ah! and don’t forget to laugh and be grateful for a shining sun and water coming directly from the sky!)

Good morning yellow sun and water in the white clouds! Aura shouted so the sun could listen. 

Good morning, Aura! Thanks for coming out to see me today. Did you notice that I am shining for you every day? the sun questioned with a sweet voice and a smiley face.

Are you ready to move your body? The sun asked.

I am more than ready, Aura replied.

Great! Look at the gray flying squirrel mama, Let's stretch your arms and legs like her for 5 seconds! Count with me. (Cue to the caregiver: Count five seconds and stretch as you can)

Great job, now Imagine that you can reach the clouds and you are tickling them. The sun hissed.

I am going to put one of these fluffy white clouds in front of me, so I can clean my nose. The sun whispered and giggled while the white cloud moved right in front of him.

Hi Aura! Oh! I am feeling heavy, all those tickles made me laugh and I am full of water now!. ha ha ha, laughed the cloud.

Ok, now look at the pink pig, could you please lay down on your back and touch your feet with your hands like the pink pig for 4 seconds? The cloud begged. Count with me. 

Sure, I can, Aura said. You don’t need to beg. Look at me, I can do this! (Cue to the caregiver: help him count 4 seconds)

Oh! I am feeling too heavy, I can’t hold the water anymore. I’m going to let out a little bit, so the red salamander has some paddles to play and you too!

Oh my goodness! So many paddles! I love the rain! The red salamander exclaimed.

Ok, Aura, stand up and Let's jump 4 times! The red salamander shouted joyfully. Count with me. 

The rain stopped! Said the black bobcat. It’s time for me to hang out with you! Now, let's make a round back like me for 4 seconds! 

Look! the rain stopped and the sun is coming again! Said the red salamander. I’m happy when it rains and happy when the sun comes out again too!

Hi everyone! I’m back. Look at the great blue heron. Let's find balance in your right leg as the great blue heron does. Let’s try to keep balance for 5 seconds. Count with me.

Can I hold the great blue heron wings while I find my balance? Aura asked. 

Yes, you can. If you lose your balance, you can hug her too! The sun exclaimed.

Finally, let's look at the sun out of our window, and let's say thank you sun for shining. Now let's look for some clouds, and let's say thanks clouds for dropping some water for us. 


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

I’d like for this book to help develop bilingual language skills both for the children and the caregiver. I also hope it can serve as a guide to make your body move, learn/wonder about water and most importantly to practice thankfulness. The five animals portrayed can be spotted in Philadelphia! Finally, Aura portrays a non-white Latin American little girl with indigenous heritage. I hope it can also make the readers wonder about the ancestors that lived in the lands that now we call our homes.

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Good Morning Sun and Water in the Clouds!/ Buenos Días Sol y Agüita de las Nubes!

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).

Let’s greet the yellow sun and the water in the clouds exclaimed the red salamander with an enthusiastic voice-Good morning yellow sun and water in the white clouds! Aura shouted so the sun could listen-Good morning, Aura! Thanks for coming out to see me today-Did you notice that I am shining for you every day? the sun questioned with a sweet voice and a smiley face-Are you ready to move your body? The sun asked-I'm more than ready, Aura replied-Great! Look at the gray flying squirrel, Let's stretch your arms and legs like her for 5 seconds! Count with me-Great job, now Imagine that you can reach the clouds and you are tickling them. The sun hissed.I am going to put one of these fluffy white clouds in front of me, so I can clean my nose.The sun whispered and giggled while the white cloud moved right in front of him-Hi Aura! Oh! I am feeling heavy, all those tickles made me laugh and I am full of water now!. laughed the cloud-Ok, now look at the pink pig, could you please lay down on your back and touch your feet with your hands like him for 4 seconds? The cloud begged. Count with me-Sure, I can, Aura said. You don’t need to beg. Look at me, I can do this!-Oh! I am feeling too heavy, I can’t hold the water anymore. I’m going to let out a little bit, so the red salamander has some paddles to play and you too!-Oh my goodness! So many paddles! I love the rain! The red salamander exclaimed-Ok, Aura, stand up and Let's jump 4 times! The red salamander shouted joyfully. Count with me-The rain stopped! Said the black bobcat. It’s time for me to hang out with you! Now, let's make a round back like me for 4 seconds!-Look! the sun is coming again! Said the red salamander. I’m happy when it rains and happy when the sun comes out again too!-Hi everyone! I’m back. Look at the great blue heron. Let's find balance in your right leg as the great blue heron does. Hold it for 5 seconds-Can I hold the great blue heron wings while I find my balance? Aura asked.-Yes, you can. If you...

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

Through childhood psychology research, I learned that babies and toddlers often enjoy more books where interactivity is involved. This book will increase the child's vocabulary in English and Spanish by associating words with beautiful pictures with some touch and feel elements and will invite to movements. I also have over two years of experience as a caregiver, and as psychologist Alison Gopnik said, babies learn and know more than we think. The idea of writing a children book started back in 2007 while I was an au pair in Colorado. Since then I have been able to read hundreds of children books, collect notes and develop the idea with the collaboration of psychologists, yoga teachers, parents, and caregivers. This book is engaging both for the baby and the caregiver, encourages play, and also includes colors, numbers, animals, and information about water. This book will definitely aid with the language development of the infant and the caregiver while they have fun.

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

I had the opportunity to live in Doylestown, PA for a couple of months. I have been to Philadelphia numerous times. I have friends living there that I talk to at least once a month, and hope to have the opportunity to visit soon.

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

As a former Au Pair, I noticed that there were very few children books in Spanish/English. In my many babysitting experiences, I also noticed that there were few children books that portrayed girls, and even less that portrayed non-white girls. Non-white populations are growing in all the United States, including Philadelphia. Being able to identify these characters at a young age is important to spread acceptance to what may look different. Also, in these past experiences, I noticed that many of the caregivers are non-native English speakers. In many cases, they are learning English while reading English books to the kids.

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United States

Location: State or Department

California

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Berkeley

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Instagram: waimagiccube (Wai means water in Hawaiian)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am originally from Colombia and have been living in the United States for the past three years, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. I am a chemical engineer by training, and I am currently supporting the SF Bay Regional Water Board as a scientific aide. I enjoy science and I am also a very creative person whose main current focus is to find solutions to water resources challenges. In doing that, I believe that providing an understanding of our earth’s water cycle and educating our future generations on its importance is a priority. One of my creative outlets is thinking about writing children books that are water science related and at the same time are fun and aid in the language development of both the kid and the caregiver. I am so excited to feel that this challenge has encouraged me to put my thoughts on the paper.

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  • No

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What best describes you? (optional question)

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Well done. I'm coming from a country that did not educate us on environment and sustainability. Now I'm 32 years old and just starting to learn about it. This learning path made a big difference in my life. I'm much more aware. I'm imagining that education in young ages on environmental care can be very effective and helpful to the health of our beloved mother nature.

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