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Go. Go. Slow.

Slow down to enjoy life through sight, touch, taste, song and dance.

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Go. Go. Slow.

Author – Lisa Metwaly

 

Go. Go. Go. 

Time to go!

Wake. Wash. Shake to dry!

Time to say goodbye!

Grab a bite on the run.

Gobble. Gobble. No time for fun.

Tick Tock. 

Go. Go. Go. 

 

Ready, set, go!

It’s a race, I face. Or is it?

I want to be better, do better and have better. 

Or do I?

 

Tick Tock. 

Go. Go. No! 

Today I choose to go slow, slow, slow!

Wake. Stretch. Sway.

We laugh and take time to dance today.

Ha ha. Hee hee. Ho ho. 

Shake it up baby. Let’s go!

 

Brush. Floss. Wash.

We wrap up like a tortilla.

And sing.

 

Munch a bunch, a bunch, a bunch, a bunch, a bunch a bunch, a bunch. 

We look like a good lunch.

Munch! Munch!

 

We eat at the table. 

You look in my eyes and smile 

“Hey, hey, hey” I say, “Today’s a brand new day.”

 

Let’s eat slow.

Look and see.

Do and be.

Touch and feel with every meal. 

 

What colors and shapes do you see?

What do you feel? 

Smooth? Crunchy? Chewy?

Smell.

What is it? Can you tell?

 

Let’s eat to a beat. 

 

Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it! 

Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it!

Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it!

Food is fun. 

All done!

 

The slower we go, the more we get done 

Slow. Slow. Slow. 

This is fun.

 

And the day has just begun.

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

When we slow down, we engage with our children and one another more purposefully. Life becomes richer when we stop to see, hear, taste and touch all that surrounds us.

Share your suggested book title

Go. Go. Slow.

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).

Go. Go. Go. Time to go! Wake. Wash. Shake to dry! Time to say goodbye! Grab a bite on the run. Gobble. Gobble. No time for fun. Tick Tock. Go. Go. Go. Ready, set, go! It’s a race, I face. Or is it? I want to be better, do better and have better. Or do I? Tick Tock. Go. Go. No! Today I choose to go slow, slow, slow! Wake. Stretch. Sway. We laugh and take time to dance today. Ha ha. Hee hee. Ho ho. Shake it up baby. Let’s go! Brush. Floss. Wash. We wrap up like a tortilla. And sing. Munch a bunch, a bunch, a bunch, a bunch, a bunch a bunch, a bunch. We look like a good lunch. Munch! Munch! We eat at the table. You look in my eyes and smile “Hey, hey, hey” I say, “Today’s a brand new day.” Let’s eat slow. Look and see. Do and be. Touch and feel with every meal. What colors and shapes do you see? What do you feel? Smooth? Crunchy? Chewy? Smell. What is it? Can you tell? Let’s eat to a beat. Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it! Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it! Boom, chick a boom, chew it and love it! Food is fun. All done! The slower we go, the more we get done Slow. Slow. Slow. This is fun. And the day has just begun.

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

Using tier one language, rhyme, song and dance - the caregivers engage with the children for a fun experience in reading. The story addresses the issue of urban life in Philadelphia being highly competitive. Any urban city reader will be able to relate. I tested the book on many children from 0-3 and all enjoyed the sing song fun!

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

As a flight attendant, I've seen how competitive life affects families, particularly on the east coast. People seemed rushed and stressed as they strive for the happiness that's sold to them. Less time gets spent with the people that matter most. There's a race mentality.

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

When people see themselves in the opening of the book - go. go. go - I hope the story can create a shift for the care giver to slow down and enjoy the child through laughter and love.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

MN

Location: City

Apple Valley

Website URL (optional question)

www.kindnesstravels.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am Lisa Metwaly. I value kindness first in all that I do. For the last 19 years, I've served the world with kindness as a lead international and domestic flight attendant. I was the previous owner of the Q Kindness Cafe. I'm also the author of Kindness Travels presents Penny Power.

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)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Kindness Travels Presents Penny Power.

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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Nice way to introduce the senses.

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