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This book immerses its readers into the wonderful world of multicultural home cookery and life, by exploring the diverse use of verbs.

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

The intended vision is to enable young children to witness the use of verbs in the safe and familiar setting of kitchens where food is prepared - each verb describes the art of food preparation by community members from diverse backgrounds. On each page the same verb is illustrated in a different setting through other actions besides cookery. For example: Drop it! (Middle Eastern grandmother drops kofta meatballs into sauce while child trips on a rug and drops teapot and cups).

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Flip it!

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).

Flip it Page 1 Flip it Pages 2 and 3 Flip it by Clara Tait Pages 4 and 5 Dip it Rub it Pages 6 and 7 Scrub it Pat it Pages 8 and 9 Wrap it Whiz it Pages 10 and 11 Drizzle it Top it Pages 12 and 13 Drop it! Soak it Pages 14 and 15 Mould it Grease it Pages 16 and 17 Squeeze it Scatter it Pages 18 and 19 Splatter it! Crush it Pages 20 and 21 Brush it Cut it Pages 22 and 23 Stuff it Flip it Pages 24 and 25 Sprinkle it Shake it Pages 26 and 27 Make it Heat it Pages 28 and 29 Eat it!

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

This book is primarily for children aged 0- 3 who learn more during these early years than at any other time in their lives. it is never too early to start reading! Early childhood development hinges on developing engagement between parents/carers and children, families bonding over the shared activity of reading out loud, engaging kids as conversational partners. The readers experience the delight of everyday verbs, with onomatopoeic and rhyming qualities- verbs that describe not only words of action in food preparation but also verbs that can be used in day to day encounters and experiences. The illustrations of the book convey the different meanings and illustrations of verbs, leading to a delightful exploration by adults and children alike. The book offers readers the opportunity to talk about pictures, make stories come alive, read again and again, and ask questions. When read by people children love they learn to love books.

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

The urban landscape in the context of Philadelphia's diverse community, reflects community development of many immigrant communities (eg Puerto Rican, Chinese, South East Asian, Korean, African, Arab, Mexican Chinese) and their contribution of urban agriculture to community food security. I am familiar with the excellent initiatives such as Reach Out and Read and Read by 4 that help children develop early reading skills and create opportunities for families to bond through the joy of books. Illustrations would reflect the cultural identities and experiences of families from migrant and refugee backgrounds and convey new cultural perspectives of domestic life in Philadelphia with food pre

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

This manuscript and accompanying illustrations depict everyday life for families from diverse cultural backgrounds with different urban family compositions for example: grandparents, blended families, single parent households, teenage parents, gay and lesbian households etc. The manuscript would resonate with young children and their carers of all ages, adults with low literacy from culturally diverse backgrounds, bi-cultural community workers striving to promote children's literacy in their communities.

Location: Country

Adelaide South Australia

Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a grandmother of a one year old child and I love to read to him. My love of the written word, my passion for diversity and inclusion, the importance of recognising our commonalities embedded within our different cultures and my acknowledgement that food preparation can bring people together in love and acceptance have spurred me on to write this book.

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

I would be looking fresh, colourful, non stereotypical depictions of life in an urban setting with a range of different kitchens, homes, gardens, parks, early childhood settings, fairs. I would envisage the children and their families reflect Philadelphia's rich cultural diversity and diverse family and community compositions.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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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Thank you Kelly!

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