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Ella and Horgey

A story about a little girl and her imaginary best friend as they go around exploring Philly while learning to count together.

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Horgey was Ella’s imaginary best friend. She loved horses and she loved dogs so it was only natural that Horgey was born.

 

They would go around Philly counting together.

 

Ella enjoyed visiting the most important bell of all time: the one and only Liberty Bell.

 

Horgey liked going to the Independence Hall because that’s where two of the most important documents were signed: The Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution.

 

When they got tired, Ella and Horgey headed to the nearby Washington Square Park to lie under three of it’s shadiest trees.

 

They watched as giggly school children climbed out of four buses.

 

Next, they made their way to the Philadelphia Zoo to see the five newborn lion cubs.

 

Hungry after their trip to the zoo, Ella and Horgey stood sixth in line, waiting to buy the delicious Philly cheesesteak.

 

Ella wanted to go to Chinatown so that she could get a picture taken in front of the great Friendship Gate.

Horgey tried seven times before he could get the perfect shot, counted Ella!

 

Horgey and Ella then visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its eight grand columns.  


At the Franklin Square, Ella ran to sit on one of the nine available animals at the Liberty Carousel. Her favourite animal to ride on was, of course, a horse.

 

Ella and Horgey ended their day with a visit to the Boathouse Row which had ten rowing clubs. Ella counted them one by one as they slowly began lighting up.



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

This story aims to empower caregivers to teach the concept of counting to young children through fun outdoor experiences, allowing them to also examine and explore their physical surroundings in a meaningful way.

Share your suggested book title

Ella and Horgey

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).

Horgey was Ella’s imaginary best friend. She loved horses and she loved dogs so it was only natural that Horgey was born. They would go around Philly counting together. Ella enjoyed visiting the most important bell of all time: the one and only Liberty Bell. Horgey liked going to the Independence Hall because that’s where two of the most important documents were signed: The Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution. When they got tired, Ella and Horgey headed to the nearby Washington Square Park to lie under three of it’s shadiest trees. They watched as giggly school children climbed out of four buses. Next, they made their way to the Philadelphia Zoo to see the five newborn lion cubs. Hungry after their trip to the zoo, Ella and Horgey stood sixth in line, waiting to buy the delicious Philly cheesesteak. Ella wanted to go to Chinatown so that she could get a picture taken in front of the great Friendship Gate. Horgey tried seven times before he could get the perfect shot, counted Ella! Horgey and Ella then visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its eight grand columns. At the Franklin Square, Ella ran to sit on one of the nine available animals at the Liberty Carousel. Her favourite animal to ride on was, of course, a horse. Ella and Horgey ended their day with a visit to the Boathouse Row which had ten rowing clubs. Ella counted them one by one as they slowly began lighting up.

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

The manuscript enables caregivers to teach the concept of counting in an engaging and interactive way. By taking the reader on a trip around Philly, the narrative also introduces children to the rich history and culture of the city, sparking their curiosity and encouraging them to ask questions. The choice of letting the main character have an imaginary friend, emphasizes the importance of sharing ideas and experiences with others as well. The manuscript relies on tier 1 vocabulary to communicate with 0 to 3 year olds as well as repetition of certain words and phrases.

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

The story takes the readers on an adventure around Philly. They visit important historical landmarks of the city like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and also get to examine public spaces like Franklin Square and Philadelphia Zoo. The book's landscape pays homage to the rich and multicultural heritage of the city and therefore, reflects experiences of those living in urban contexts.

Location: Country

Pakistan

Location: City

Karachi

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.erlystagestudios.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

We are a global startup working on education, publishing and technology. Our studio is passionate about creating products and experiences which make learning fun regardless of what is being taught or learned, be it numeracy or literacy at the early stages or advanced level math, economics or history. We research and develop games, books and other tools for schools, teachers and parents.

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

The idea is to have really simple but immersive hand-done visuals for the story. The illustrations need to be able encapsulate the rich heritage of Philly. The work of Oliver Jeffers is a great example of this. The simplicity of his drawings evoke a sense of whimsy and that is exactly what we seek to accomplish for our book. The illustrations should almost look like as if a child drew them. Lastly, illustrating a map of places visited would be a nice addition at the end of the book.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Make History, Real Economics, Talking Up, Chinese Zodiac Series

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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I am not sure that these are tier 1 words and concepts.
There is still a moment of time to do a quick review of what tier 1 words comprise of.

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