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I See, I Think, I Wonder (revised)

A book that helps caregivers and children notice and contemplate the world around with wonderment and awe.

Photo of Aixa Perez-Prado

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Hello baby, look around

Listen to the city sound

See the buildings, brick and stone,

See the tree that stands alone,

See what’s old, see what’s new.

See what’s red, what’s green, what’s blue.

See the market full of folk

Factories that cough out smoke,

Think about the things you see.

Do they look like you or me?

Why does that face look so glad?

Why does this one look so sad?

Smell the spices in the air,

Curly, kinky, wavy hair,

Skin that’s black and white and brown,

Standing up and sitting down,

Will the traffic stop or go?

Is it moving fast or slow?

Wonder at the things you see

Fire hydrant, rusty key,

Giant sign that shouts out LOVE

Sneakers hanging up above,

Is that hijab smooth or rough?

Do those people have enough?

Will the sun come out today?

What will all the children play?

Why that bell is old and cracked,

Why are boxes packed and stacked?

How did stars get in the sky?

When do birds learn how to fly?

When you close your eyes in bed,

See the pictures in your head,

Think of all the happy things,  

Rainbows, snowflakes, fairy wings,

Wonder at the days to come

All the things you can become

Reading books that help you know

All the things you need to grow

As you sing and learn and play

New adventures every day


















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

The intention of this book is to promote critical and creative thinking between caregivers and children as they notice, think about and discover together the wonders all around.

Share your suggested book title

I see, I think, I wonder

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

I teach first and second language acquisition for linguistic and cultural minorities, have researched and published in Early Childhood and have been especially interested in promoting creative and critical thinking through Habits of Mind and Visible Thinking Strategies. This story is based on a Visible Thinking Strategy as described by Harvard's Project Zero called See, Think, Wonder which is a very helpful protocol/routine for helping kids and adults expand their thinking and vocabulary in an engaging and interactive way.

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

I am from Argentina but I grew up in Buffalo, New York and visited Philadelphia a number of times during my childhood. I was very drawn to the history and some of the images in the story come from my memories of Philadelphia and experiences rediscovering it with my children.

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

Yes, the images that the manuscript describes come from an urban context, some specifically from Philadelphia and others that are more general.

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Location: State or Department


Location: City


Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I teach at the university level and develop educational materials for linguistic and cultural minority learners. I am multilingual and my specialty areas include cross cultural communication, diversity and identity as well as language education. I enjoy writing stories for children and I am a story teller and member of SCBWI. All of my publications thus far are in academics and a few literary magazines. I also teach homeschoolers creative and critical thinking skills.

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

I love art and I also draw and paint, these are some images that I think would engage the attention of children and caregivers while inspiring curiosity and encouraging meaningful interaction. Only the sun is one I made myself. I enjoy children's book illustrations that use a lot of color and are inspired by imagination, folk art, and include hidden treasures.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I have a number of publications in academic texts including my latest chapter, i n Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood: Success Stories from Classrooms Around the World, (Costa a& Kallick Eds.) My chapter is on using creative and critical thinking with English language learners. I also published a book called Habits of Mind for Homeschooling: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • word of mouth from another kid lit writer

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I am/we are a formal part of a University or Research Institution


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Photo of LucyP Liu

Hi Aixa,

It is such a beautiful rythem! I always love to read stories to 0-3 ages like this.
Thank you and good luck!


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