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Dream of Juicy Apples and the Toy Train

Emma's dream while she takes an afternoon nap

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One summer afternoon, little Emma was playing with her dolls. The dolls were Emma’s good friends.  Emma was telling stories to the dolls. Suddenly she heard a thud.  The thud came outside Emma’s door. Emma was scared. But excited to know what that noise was. Emma opened the door. There was a box with her name on it. The box came from her favorite aunt from Atlanta. Emma opened the box with all her curiosity.  “Oops”!  There were juicy apples in the box.  Emma bit into one of the juicy apples and said “Yummy!”.   

She also found a ‘Scroll-of-paper’ in the box. The ‘Scroll-of-paper’ had a sticker of ‘Apple & Drum’ on it. The scroll read “Go and get the toy-train from Zoo-Café”.  Emma went to the Zoo by train.  In the Zoo she found another ‘Scroll-of-paper’. The scroll read ‘Go, Ride Mamba, the Elephant.’ Emma rode Mamba, the elephant all-the-way to the Zoo-Café.  While riding, Emma saw dancing Peacock and Grazing Giraffe. Also Emma saw the toy-train in a girl’s hand. To her surprise, the girl holding the toy-train was her friend, Julie from Nashua, New Hampshire. Julie was her best friend in play-school. Emma got down the elephant. She ran towards Julie.  Julie gave the ‘toy-train’ to Emma. Emma went back and put the toy-train in the box.  The toy-train turned into a real train. The train Conductor was holding a box of juicy apples. Also a scroll-of-paper with a sticker of ‘apple &drum’ on it.  

Just then Emma woke up from her afternoon nap. 

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

Early Childhood is a time of curiosity, time for play, have fun and a time for physical and mental development. The vision of my early childhood book is to engage, each and every child who reads this book, with curiosity for intelligence gathering and give them language and literacy skills they need.

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Dream of Juicy Apples and the Toy-Train

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One summer afternoon, little Emma was playing with her dolls. The dolls were Emma’s good friends. Emma was telling stories to the dolls. Suddenly she heard a thud. The thud came outside Emma’s door. Emma was scared. But excited to know what that noise was. Emma opened the door. There was a box with her name on it. The box came from her favourite aunt from Atlanta. Emma opened the box with all her curiosity. “Ooops”! There were juicy apples in the box. Emma bit into one of the juicy apples and said “Yummy!”. She also found a ‘Scroll-of-paper’ in the box. The ‘Scroll-of-paper’ had a sticker of ‘Apple & Drum’ on it. The scroll read “Go and get the toy-train from Zoo-Café”. Emma went to the Zoo by train. In the Zoo she found another ‘Scroll-of-paper’. The scroll read ‘Go, Ride Mamba, the Elephant.’ Emma rode Mamba, the elephant all-the-way to the Zoo-Café. While riding, Emma saw dancing Peacock and Grazing Giraffe. Also Emma saw the toy-train in a girl’s hand. To her surprise, the girl holding the toy-train was her friend, Julie from Nashua, New Hampshire. Julie was her best friend in play-school. Emma got down the elephant. She ran towards Julie. Julie gave the ‘toy-train’ to Emma. Emma went back and put the toy-train in the box. The toy-train turned into a real train. The train Conductor was holding a box of juicy apples. Also a scroll-of-paper with a sticker of ‘apple & drum’ on it. Just then Emma woke up from her afternoon nap.

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

This manuscript helps child's cognitive development, of the brain and intellectual abilities. It promotes language development and critical thinking of the child besides being imaginative. It gives the caregiver an active role in facilitating, answering the child's curiosity on questions raised how, why?, etc. Thus it gives caregivers an opportunity to have a great conversation with the child.

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

We are from India; However my daughter was in US for ten years and we had been visiting parts of US.

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

Packed with imagination, fun and adventure, the manuscript benefits the children directly - increasing the Vocbulary and Language development: by identifying toy-train, juicy apple, drum; animals like Elephant, Ziraffe, Peacock, etc. The manuscript connects with the relationships - of favourite aunt, best friend, favourite dolls. Helps in expression of emotions like happiness in meeting a friend, surprise, etc. The manuscript is ideal for reading aloud any time of the day. Or for just learning to read themselves looking at the attractive illustrations (to be provided).

Location: Country

India

Location: State or Department

Karnataka

Location: City

Bangalore

Website URL (optional question)

NIL

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a grand mother of two lovely children. I worked as a consultant to a British Nursery in Bangalore. I loved reading stories to the children in the nursery and to my grand children. Often we underestimate their understanding capacity. They understand a lot more than we think. Their imagination levels are very high. They love puzzles.

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

  • No

If yes, please list titles and publications.

NA

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Dear Vijaya, I liked the thread of story telling in this very immaculate. for a while I was carried over the quick sequence of happening and lived in the imaginary world of the narration. even at my age, your story made me feel like a kid and enjoyed the sequence and experiences as if real. Perhaps the best way to help a child explore, extend imagination, express, understand emotions, is bought very naturally. it can become a quick bedtime grandma fable, with its unique magical and imaginative world even till the baby is woken up. The story has touch of the Alice in the wonderland and is brilliant for toddlers.

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Team

Thanks for your encouraging comments.

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