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Hop On Board!

It’s a beautiful day for a ride on the Broad Street Line. Meet old friends & make new ones as we bumpity bump along.

Photo of Roseanne Frank

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Wake up! Wake up!

            It’s a beautiful day.

A city day.

“Let’s go!”


[to the neighbors]

 

“Good morning! Good morning!

            We’re on our way!”

 

[at the bus stop]


Green Line.

Blue Line.

Hop aboard the Broad Street Line.


Coins jingle.

Cards go SWOOSH.

“Quick. Find a seat!”

Off we go!


[on the bus]


Guitar thrums.

"Tap your feet!"

"Clap your hands!"

"La-la-la."


Bumpity-bump.

Rock and sway.

Wheee!

“Hold my hand!”


Stop and go.

On and off.

New friends.

Old friends.


Chit-chat.

Gab-Gab-Gab.

Say, "Hello!"


[observing out window]


All these people

shuffle by.

Clack, clack, clack.

Run! Run! Run!


Past the shops

and yummy food.

Doors to homes.

“Who lives there?”


Go three more stops.

DING!

“Here we are!

Time to get off.”


Wait...


What’s this?


The bus goes HISS…

The door goes SWISSSSHHH…


A Parade! (El Carnaval de Puebla, April, Washington Avenue.)

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

Hop On Board! encourages child and caretaker to look at the everyday experience of riding a bus as educational, and to interact and observe their environment. Hop On Board! will encourage caregivers to look at daily experiences as learning experiences, and encourage interaction with others in their community with respect and appreciation.

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Hop On Board!

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).

Wake up! Wake up! It’s a beautiful day. A city day. “Let’s go!” [to the neighbors] “Good morning! Good morning! We’re on our way!” [at the bus stop] Green Line. Blue Line. Hop aboard the Broad Street Line. Coins jingle. Cards go SWOOSH. “Quick. Find a seat!” Off we go! (on the bus) Guitar thrums. “Tap your feet.” “Clap your hands.” “La-la-la.” Bumpity-bump. Rock and sway. Wheee! “Hold my hand!” Stop and go. On and off. New friends. Old friends. Say, “Hello!” Chit-chat. Gab-Gab-Gab. [observing out window] All these people shuffle by. Clack, clack, clack. Run! Run! Run! Past the shops and yummy food. Doors to homes. “Who lives there?” Go three more stops. DING! “Here we are! Time to get off.” Wait.. What’s this? The bus goes HISS… The door goes SWISSSSHHH… A Parade! (El Carnaval de Puebla, April, Washington Avenue.)

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

You are your child’s first teacher! Hop On Board! encourages caregivers to engage and interact with their child through use of reading, song, dance and all five senses. Hop On Board! makes use of multiple and varied Tier 1 words and cluster families. The stanzas are musical and lyrical, making it an enjoyable (and easy) read-aloud and rhythmic for the listener to learn varied yet simple sentence structures. Hop On Board! was written using early childhood literacy development theories and best educational practices to engage. - Promote language development through modeling - Play through daily experiences - Explore neighborhood - Encourage positive interaction with caregiver - Model reading for emergent reader and reader experiences success through enjoyable story and repeated readings - Listen for sounds - Imitate sounds - Identify modes of transportation - Identify different parts of the city (labeling): street, sidewalk, park - Dance, sing, interact with community

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

My brother went to school in Philadelphia and I visited often. I loved the vibrancy and the history as well as the varied cultural representations in the communities.

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

I chose to include El Carnaval de Puebla, an annual pre-Cinco-de-Mayo celebration that consists of a parade, performances, street fair down Washington Avenue and highlights just one facet of the diversity of Philadelphia. The manuscript is text sparse to leave room for the illustrator to interpret and convey the busy, vibrant day in the life of an urban resident, especially one event like riding the bus.

Location: Country

US

Location: State or Department

NY

Location: City

East Hills

Website URL (optional question)

rbfrank.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I focus on crafting picture books. I am a member of SCBWI and the Social Media Coordinator for the Long Island Chapter. I taught early childhood for over ten years. Master’s degree in Reading K-12:Content, Remedial & Clinical Diagnosis. Alumni Board member for School of Education for Manhattanville College. I also write short and flash fiction with many contest winning stories online and in anthologies. I’m leading the spring writer’s workshop at my local library. Website: rbfrank.com

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

I envision Hop On Board! to have a Lucy Cousins chunky illustrations that are visually captivating and as vibrant as the city.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Self: Bite Size Reads: really short stories for people with very little time or very short attention spans. Peer Reviewed Journals: Manhattanville College – School of Education; Education is Life Magazine (multiple articles) Short stories - Online & Anthologies: various and listed on my website.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • 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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Reader's Guide Hop on Board.docx

A Reader's Guide how Hop On Board! can encourage interaction between reader and listener.

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Photo of Amy Healey
Team

Nice unexpected ending Roseanne! Fun to read aloud!

Photo of Roseanne Frank
Team

Thank you, Amy!

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