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Hello Zoo!

A Spotted dog and a spotted puppy visit the zoo.

Photo of Katharine Crawford Robey

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This fun, rhyming story, is set at the Philadelphia Zoo and incorporates various animals there, who are visited by a dog and a puppy. 

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

"Hello Zoo!" is intended to be a story that can be read over and over, and played out between caregiver and child. Hopefully children will memorize the lines and say them to Caregiver on the bus, shopping, at home, etc. Child and caregiver are meant to say sounds together, Also, clap hands at end. "Snap!"

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Hello Zoo!

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).

Note: This story is set at the Philadelphia Zoo. Illustration idea is to depict Caregiver and Child as an animal that is not at the zoo, maybe two dogs, one a puppy. Please draw some baby animals, as well as adult animals, for puppy to look at. Hello Zoo! Katharine Crawford Robey Hello Zoo Hello happy Zoo Hurry up feet! There’s a lion to meet. R-O-A-R! He sounds like a dinosaur! What’s in the water? I see an otter. SPLASH! SPLISH! He chases a fish. Here is a dove. COO-Coo! Coo-COO! Does that mean I love you? The rest of the day We watch monkeys play. Chitter chatter. Is something the matter? The hippopotamus yawns, An elephant, too. We are falling asleep at the zoo. Good-bye zoo. Good-bye happy zoo. See you later alligator! In awhile crocodile! SNAP! END

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

Yes, the story uses Tier one and two language, and challenges little ones to learn words like "dinosaur," "roar," "snap," etc. I "attended" the Challenge Conference and came away with increased knowledge. I'm also a mom and grandmom. The story has been vetted by two pediatricians.

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

I've visited Philadelphia several times, my sister used to live there. I love the Philadelphia Zoo!

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

I hope illustrations showing a dog Caregiver and a puppy little one will lend universality to "Hello Zoo!" And that the Caregiver and child will bond when they read "Hello Zoo!" I hope the child will yawn when all the animals do. Hopefully new words, animal sounds, clapping, etc., will be learned.

Location: Country

Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Location: City


Website URL (optional question) (Needs updating, various works for children under contract or in progress, as well as plays for adults; book of short stories for families published, "Cardinal Coat and Other Stories." Please see some of my work on Amazon.

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm connected to some of you all through comments about my first submission, "When the Sun Comes Up." Also through attendance at TeleConference.

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

Thumbnails from a recent children's book project. I'm working with an illustrator now who uses collage. This would be ideal for "Hello Zoo!" I'd like the illustrations to include huge yawns by animals, including the two visiting the zoo.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

"Hare and the Big Green Lawn;" "Where's the Party?" (now available as an ebook complete with audiobirdsongs); "Cardinal Coat: A Collection for Everyone." Milkweed anthologies; various literary magazines; "Cricket;" Common Core testing. Home school use in Canada.

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently no

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
  • A pediatrician in the creative writing workshop that I teach sent me your link.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Photo of Katharine Crawford Robey

Also I need to change the line about trail and quail to something more simple and ordinary. I like the coo coo sound.

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