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Estelita and the Stars

Estelita looks for the stars in her new place, Philadelphia.

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(A picture of Estelita with the moon, the planets, the stars. She appears to be floating on air around them)

Do- re- mi- fa -sol- la – ti

Darling, it is time to sleep.

Do – re- mi – fa – sol- la – ti

Close your eyes and dream

(Estelita appears here wearing her pajama looking at the sky from her window. Her mom is on her side).

My name is Estelita, and I’m from Peru. I remember I used to see the stars before sleep.

(Many stars appear)

Beautiful and bright stars!

(a drawing of Philadelphia at night)

But, here in Phily it’s quite difficult

( a picture of a Latino neighbor listening to Estelita)

Vecino, where can I find the stars?

I don’t know Estelita.

(A picture of a sad Estelita)

Don’t be sad Estelita

Do re mi fa so la ti

You will find estrellitas

Do re mi fa so la ti

(a picture of Estelita playing with musical notes)

But no one knows, Estelita!

(a Picture of Estelita at the Franklin Institute walking with her mom)

 

One day, my mom took me to the museum.

(the Moon rock of the Franklin Institute)

We were walking when I saw a giant Moonrock! Maybe I can find the stars!

(Estelita asking a man wearing a white coat with a label where it says “Dr. Sanchez”)

Señor Hola!

Hola Señor!

Do – re – mi – fa – sol – la – ti

Where are the stars?

Tell me, please

(Dr. Sanchez shows her and her mom the museum).

Hola!

Yes,

You can find them

(Dr. Sanchez, Estelita and her mom appear in the “Heart exhibition”)

Follow your heart

(Estelita is with her mom walking to the Telescope)

A gigantic machine was there.

I put my eyes on it.

(Estelita using the Telescope)

And finally

I could see

(Stars appear here)

The stars

(Estelita with a lot of recycled items trying to build a telescope. Her mom is watching her)

Back at home, I built my own machine before I go to sleep, so I could see the stars.

(the Machine completely built appears here with Estelita looking happy)

Estrellitas para Estelita!

(Estelita and her mom hugging each other)

Finally, I’m at home now.

(Estelita dreaming already with the stars)

Do -re-mi-fa- sol-la ti

I will go to sleep

Do – re- mi -fa- sol- la – ti

Mom I’m home

I’m so happy.

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

I wanted this book to be the first connection between children and musical notes. I thought of it because music has no flag, it’s universal and beautiful.

Share your suggested book title

Estelita and the stars

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).

Do- re- mi- fa -sol- la – ti. Darling, it is time to sleep. Do – re- mi – fa – sol- la – ti. Close your eyes and dream. My name is Estelita, and I’m from Peru. I remember I used to see the stars before sleep. Beautiful and bright stars! But, here in Phily it’s quite difficult Vecino, where can I find the stars? I don’t know Estelita. Don’t be sad Estelita Do re mi fa so la ti You will find estrellitas Do re mi fa so la ti But no one knows, Estelita! One day, my mom took me to the museum. We were walking when I saw a giant Moon rock! Maybe I can find the stars! Señor Hola! Hola Señor! Do – re – mi – fa – sol – la – ti Where are the stars? Tell me please Hola! Yes, You can find them, Follow your heart. A gigantic machine was there. I put my eyes on it. And finally, I could see... The stars Back at home, I built my own machine so before I go to sleep I could see the stars. Estrellitas para Estelita! Finally, I’m at home now. Do -re-mi-fa- sol-la ti I will go to sleep Do – re- mi -fa- sol- la – ti Mom I’m home I’m so happy.

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

Based on my experience with people whose parents are Peruvians, I got to know that is very difficult to learn a new language. You feel you are not part of it, therefore; you don’t feel at home. This theory is reinforced by the study of Min Zhou “Growing up American”. Many of the immigrants live around others that share their own cultural background. However, children achieve to immerse in their new city little by little alongside other Latino kids or by “forcible assimilation” as Zhou states.

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

Never been there, but I would like to!

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

I’ve been in touch with many people whose parents are Peruvian, or who moved out to another country to live as their parents were on the search of improving their lives when they were little kids. For them, it was truly difficult to be immersed in a place where their language is not spoken. This was my first idea. How can immigrant children be immersed in a new place you don’t feel like home? Estelita reflects that. She is a Peruvian kid whose parents moved to Philadelphia. Their parents moved there recently, and she feels she’s not at home. The stars are her connection with the place where she was born, something she cannot find in her new place of residency.

Location: Country

Peru

Location: State or Department

Callao

Location: City

Ventanilla

Website URL (optional question)

I got a weird blog.

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm Sandra and I'm from Peru. I studied International Business and Branding and Design. Also, I've been volunteering for Techo Peru for almost three years. Working with communities has been a very exciting learning experience, especially to be in touch with kids that always welcome you with a warm hug! I also participated in a pilot project of Techo Peru and ACNUR ( the UN high commision for refugees). While in Germany, I studied the german language alongside refugees who were immersing themselves to their new country. this was one of those experience you will never forget. One of them gave me a present of a book that I still keep. I didn't notice that in the front page, the person that gave me the book wrote: "Das Leben ist schwer ohne Familie" (Life is difficult without family). I've been writing stories for a long time ago, and I thought it would be cool to enter to a contest that tells a story of an immigrant kid looking for something that makes her feel like home.

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

I sketched how I wanted the book. As you may see I wanted to show not only stars but the moon and the night. I also wanted to have a keyboard or some stars that can tune the musical notes ( pic. in reference) do re mi fa sol la ti, so it can be easy for kids to identify the musical notes. that's why in a picture, it only shows stars. However, it would be cool that they can be anytime Estelita says the musical notes. I also created a song for the book called "fly to the stars".

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

only online! https://ridyn.com/sandra-huayanay-roman/ https://www.joft.org.uk/fair-trade-on-peruvian-textiles-enterprises/

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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Is this correct?
>>Do- re- mi- fa -sol- la – si<<
Because usually it is TI no SI

Just checking to see if it poetic license in play.

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thanks for the feedback!
gonna take it into account.

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