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Good Morning Body

A fun, interactive book to get your kids ready to start the day in a positive way!

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Good Morning Body

By: Rachel Gucwa

 

Good Morning

Good Morning

Good Morning to you

Let’s stretch out our bodies 

So we feel brand new

 

First start like a caterpillar 

Curled up so small and so tight

 

Transform into a butterfly

Ready for flight

 

Act like a frog

Who hippity hops

Ribbit a little until I say…

Stop!

 

It’s a bird

It’s a plane

Why, it’s Superhero You!

Flap your arms like a bird 

As you fly off into the sky oh-so blue

 

Stretch like a giraffe

Whose neck’s in the sky

Reach for a shooting star 

As they whiz on by

 

Like a seed that’s been planted 

Stretch way down below

And like a flower that’s growing

Grow baby grow!

 

Put your hands on your hips

Stretch your back strong and tall

Balance on one foot

Be careful don’t fall! 

 

Show me your muscles

Wow! Look at you!

You’re brave, you’re smart,

You’re powerful too!

 

Put your hands on the ground 

And stretch like a cat in the sun

Roar like a lion

Stick your tongue out for fun!

 

Arch your back like 

A puppy who’s ready to play

Today we are going to have such a great day!

 

Down to the floor

Move like a snake

You’re stretching your body 

You got what it takes!

 

Curl up and rest 

My dear little you

Your body is healthy 

And saying thank you!

 

Now sit on your bottom 

on your spot on the rug

Smile real big and 

Give yourself a big hug!

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

This is an interactive book that encourages movement and sends a positive message to kids to help foster their sense of self esteem.

Share your suggested book title

Good Morning Body

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).

Good Morning Body By: Rachel Gucwa Good Morning Good Morning Good Morning to you Let’s stretch out our bodies So we feel brand new First start like a caterpillar Curled up so small and so tight Transform into a butterfly Ready for flight Act like a frog Who hippity hops Ribbit a little until I say… Stop! It’s a bird It’s a plane Why, it’s Superhero You! Flap your arms like a bird As you fly off into the sky oh-so blue Stretch like a giraffe Whose neck’s in the sky Reach for a shooting star As they whiz on by Like a seed that’s been planted Stretch way down below And like a flower that’s growing Grow baby grow! Put your hands on your hips Stretch your back strong and tall Balance on one foot Be careful don’t fall! Show me your muscles Wow! Look at you! You’re brave, you’re smart, You’re powerful too! Put your hands on the ground And stretch like a cat in the sun Roar like a lion Stick your tongue out for fun! Arch your back like A puppy who’s ready to play Today we are going to have such a great day! Down to the floor Move like a snake You’re stretching your body You got what it takes! Curl up and rest My dear little you Your body is healthy And saying thank you! Now sit on your bottom on your spot on the rug Smile real big and Give yourself a big hug!

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

This book uses simple language and is very rhythmic. Children can learn the words to the book and it can be used as a song. Merging music and literacy will help support a child's language development, as well encouraging a child's growing interest and love in learning.

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

I live in Philadelphia and I am familiar with many of the diverse groups of people that call Philadelphia home.

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

Childhood obesity is becoming a major health issue. Merging literacy, music, and play will help set a foundation to combat this growing epidemic.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I have spent years as a preschool teacher. Kids love story time and circle time, but get fidgety. This book can easily be incorporated into an early childhood classroom or with caregivers during story time and the way the book is structured helps to support the child's language, physical, and emotional growth.

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

I think it would be charming if the characters in this book were a diverse group of cartoon children acting out the poses in little animal costumes. The images would help direct the children in how to do the pose. Prompts could also be included to help the adult guide the child in how to do the stretches.

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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Toddlers will like this one.
All action!
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

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