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Gir-affe

Jump right in and say “gir-onimo!” because you’re about to spend the day at an amusement park with a charming "gir"-affe!

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Gir-affe

By: Angela Capel

(Page 1)

(Illo: A cute giraffe walking down the street.)

Giraffe

(Page 2)

(Illo: The giraffe trips on a crack in the sidewalk.)

Gir-oof!

(Page 3)

(Illo: The giraffe puts on a bandage.) 

Gir-ouch!

(Page 4)

(Illo: The giraffe has breakfast.)

Gir-affle!

(Page 5)

(Illo: The giraffe is sitting at a table drinking a cup of water.)

Gir-ink!

(Page 6)

(Illo: The giraffe dribbles the water as she drinks.)

Gir-ibble!

(Page 7)

(Illo: The giraffe wiggles.)

Gir-iggle!

(Page 8)

(Illo: The giraffe drops her cup.)

Gir-op!

(Page 9)

(Illo: The giraffe drives a car.)

Gir-ive!

(Page 10)

(Illo: The giraffe arrives at an amusement park.)

Gir-eeeeeeeeee!

(Page 11)

(Illo: The giraffe rides the roller coaster.)

Gir-woosh!

(Page 12)

(Illo: The giraffe looks ill.)

Gir-ick!

(Page 13)

(Illo: The giraffe plays a carnival game.)

Gir-easy!

(Page 14)

(Illo: The giraffe wins a prize.)

Gir-wow!

(Page 15)

(Illo: The giraffe sees a spider)

Gir-EEK!

(Page 16)

(Illo: The giraffe slides down a water slide.)

Gir-enched!

(Page 17)

(Illo: The giraffe dives off the diving board.)

Gir-aceful!

(Page 18)

(Illo: The giraffe does a cannonball into the water.)

Gir-onimo!

(Page 19)

(Illo: The giraffe dries off with a towel)

Gir-eye

(Page 20)

(Illo: The giraffe gets an ice cream cone and sits on a bench.)

Gir-yum!

(Page 21)

(Illo: The giraffe gets into the car and drives off.)

Gir-later!

(Page 22)

(Illo: She pulls up in front of a boutique.)

Gir-WANT!

(Page 23)

(Illo: She tries on a dress.)

Gir-ess!

(page 24)

(Illo: The giraffe walks down the street wearing her new dress.)

Gir-awesome!

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

This book is about how certain words sound but the repetition of "gir" in front charms the child into following along. These words are singular per page so as not to overwhelm small children.

Share your suggested book title

Gir-affe

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).

Gir-affe By: Angela Capel (Page 1) (Illo: A cute giraffe walking down the street.) Giraffe (Page 2) (Illo: The giraffe trips on a crack in the sidewalk.) Gir-oof! (Page 3) (Illo: The giraffe puts on a bandage.) Gir-ouch! (Page 4) (Illo: The giraffe has breakfast.) Gir-affle! (Page 5) (Illo: The giraffe is sitting at a table drinking a cup of water.) Gir-ink! (Page 6) (Illo: The giraffe dribbles the water as she drinks.) Gir-ibble! (Page 7) (Illo: The giraffe wiggles.) Gir-iggle! (Page 8) (Illo: The giraffe drops her cup.) Gir-op! (Page 9) (Illo: The giraffe drives a car.) Gir-ive! (Page 10) (Illo: The giraffe arrives at an amusement park.) Gir-eeeeeeeeee! (Page 11) (Illo: The giraffe rides the roller coaster.) Gir-woosh! (Page 12) (Illo: The giraffe looks ill.) Gir-ick! (Page 13) (Illo: The giraffe plays a carnival game.) Gir-easy! (Page 14) (Illo: The giraffe wins a prize.) Gir-wow! (Page 15) (Illo: The giraffe sees a spider) Gir-EEK! (Page 16) (Illo: The giraffe slides down a water slide.) Gir-enched! (Page 17) (Illo: The giraffe dives off the diving board.) Gir-aceful! (Page 18) (Illo: The giraffe does a cannonball into the water.) Gir-onimo! (Page 19) (Illo: The giraffe dries off with a towel) Gir-eye (Page 20) (Illo: The giraffe gets an ice cream cone and sits on a bench.) Gir-yum! (Page 21) (Illo: The giraffe gets into the car and drives off.) Gir-later! (Page 22) (Illo: She pulls up in front of a boutique.) Gir-WANT! (Page 23) (Illo: She tries on a dress.) Gir-ess! (page 24) (Illo: The giraffe walks down the street wearing her new dress.) Gir-awesome!

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

Children enjoy repetition and it re-enforces learning. Repeating "gir" before every word on the page should give them a sense of security while being read to, and it will also reinforce the word sound on each page.

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

I was born and raised in southern NJ, just 20 minutes from Philadelphia. My brother, Rich Quick, taught at Village of Arts & Humanities and was well known in Philadelphia Hip Hop giving me many reasons to connect with the area.

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

In future illustrative drafts I intend the giraffe's environment to shift to a city setting, as at the moment my illustrations are too generic. I want my connection to the city to be shown.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

TX

Location: City

McKinney

Website URL (optional question)

http://www.angelacapel.com/portfolio/

Tell us more about you / your team

I enjoy teaching children in my new home here in Texas and often think of the children in Philadelphia when I write my books.

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

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

Attachments (1)

Gir-affe 2019-04-10 08-55.pdf

Here are a handful of illustrations that I have planned for the book.

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Hi Angela Capel  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
What a fascinating style of writing. Until today I never knew there was so much that could be said with the word "Giraffe".
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

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