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FINDING TESLA THE PUPPY

Story of love, friendship and sacrifice while teaching children about colours, animals and imagination

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There was a castle in the clouds. It was made of fluffy pink clouds.

Princess Wathu and her brother Prince Wanga lived in this beautiful fluffy pink castle.

There, also lived Tesla the Puppy. Tesla loved to bark and waggle his tail left and right. He also loved to play fetch and to give lots of hugs and kisses.

Sometimes Tesla could run around the cloud castle making a huge mess. Wanga and Wathu had to run after Tesla to stop him from making a mess. Tesla loved to play and roll in the clouds on his back. He would jump from one cloud to the next. When Tesla got tired, he could sleep soundly on his bed. Everyone in the castle loved Tesla.

One day Tesla went out to play outside the castle. He saw a beautiful butterfly with bright orange and black spots floating around. Tesla started barking in excitement. He had never seen a creature so beautiful. The butterfly went up and down, floated left and right. She spread her beautiful wings in and out.

Tesla kept going, following the butterfly until he got to the edge of the castle. He stepped on the last cloud and he disappeared.

Wanga and Wathu got worried when they could not see their best friend Tesla. They went out to look for him. They started calling out loud but Tesla the puppy was nowhere to be found.  “Tesla, where are you?” Called out Wanga. “Tesla come back home?” Begged Wathu. “Tesla come out now!” Wanga cried out. Tesla was nowhere to be found. The children kept going. Then they saw paw prints. They knew which way Tesla went. Tesla’s Paw prints were all over on the soft clouds and the children followed the paw prints. When they reached the edge of the pink clouds, they could not see the paws anymore.

“oh no, what happened to Tesla!!! Wanga and Wathu cried out loud.

Suddenly they heard the chirping sound which went tsi tsi tsi tsi.

“What was that?”, asked Wanga

“Stand Back” said Wathu

A giant insect came out with a giant smile from behind a giant cloud

“It’s a giant cricket exclaimed Wanga”

“Mr. Cricket, have you seen our beautiful puppy”? Asked Wathu

“His name is Tesla” added Wanga

“Yes, I have seen him, he asked me to help him follow the orange and black beautiful butterfly. I hopped high and higher, we went hop! Hop! Hop! And our last big hop took us to the land of the yellow clouds”

“Mr. cricket, will you please take us there?

“Yes of course, get on my back”.

“Mr Cricket, will you please hop higher and higher?” Wanga asked politely

“ Yes my new friends, I will hop higher above the fluffy pink clouds”

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

The vision is to teach children about colours, animals, friendship and helping one another. In addition, I want children to expand their imagination and consider the world around them as a beautiful world

Share your suggested book title

Finding Tesla the Puppy

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).

There was a castle in the clouds. It was made of fluffy pink clouds. Princess Wathu and her brother Prince Wanga lived in this beautiful fluffy pink castle. There, also lived Tesla the Puppy. Tesla loved to bark and waggle his tail left and right. He also loved to play fetch and to give lots of hugs and kisses. Sometimes Tesla could run around the cloud castle making a huge mess. Wanga and Wathu had to run after Tesla to stop him from making a mess. Tesla loved to play and roll in the clouds on his back. He would jump from one cloud to the next. When Tesla got tired, he could sleep soundly on his bed. Everyone in the castle loved Tesla. One day Tesla went out to play outside the castle. He saw a beautiful butterfly with bright orange and black spots floating around. Tesla started barking in excitement. He had never seen a creature so beautiful. The butterfly went up and down, floated left and right. She spread her beautiful wings in and out. Tesla kept going, following the butterfly until he got to the edge of the castle. He stepped on the last cloud and he disappeared. Wanga and Wathu got worried when they could not see their best friend Tesla. They went out to look for him. They started calling out loud but Tesla the puppy was nowhere to be found. “Tesla, where are you?” Called out Wanga. “Tesla come back home?” Begged Wathu. “Tesla come out now!” Wanga cried out. Tesla was nowhere to be found. The children kept going. Then they saw paw prints. They knew which way Tesla went. Tesla’s Paw prints were all over on the soft clouds and the children followed the paw prints. When they reached the edge of the pink clouds, they could not see the paws anymore. “oh no, what happened to Tesla!!! Wanga and Wathu cried out loud.

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

This book draws upon the language development where it builds rhyming words and patterns while engaging young minds in imagination. The introduction of the insects and animals, colours, movements and children is key impression on the young minds as they start building the world around them. The story also involves imaginary world which will stimulate children's cognitive and thought processing, while building their own reality

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

unfortunately I have never been to the US, but I believe Philadelphia has puppies, young kids, butterflies, crickets, beetles and lots of colourful environment

Location: Country

Pretoria in South Africa

Location: State or Department

Gauteng

Location: City

Pretoria

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a story teller who uses toys, dolls and story books to tell children stories. I have my partner who illustrates the stories I write.

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

The visuals are as eye catching as possible, self explanatory to allow children to follow the story. The care givers can actually use the images easily to convey the message

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

tainted dreams, self publishing

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Team

Hi BERTHA LILIAN MUNTHALI  welcome to the Challenge Community!
Love the dreamy, imaginative nature of your story. Fantasy stories can grab children's attention like nothing else and your manuscript captures that well.
Since the challenge is looking at literacy development through storytelling, how might you evolve your story to make it an aid to help caregiver use it like a literacy development tool for the child ?

Photo of BERTHA LILIAN MUNTHALI
Team

Thank you for your feedback, I am working on it to make it more literacy development tool through reading and researching the help the challange has offered.

Photo of BERTHA LILIAN MUNTHALI
Team

Thank you very much for your insights and inputs . I have used a lot of visuals which are self explanatory for children to follow the story. Since its an imaginary story, capturing the imagination through visuals will help but much so is to make the the characters engaging will be crucial

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