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It's a metaphorical story about accepting everyone & their diversities with open arms to build a better & more enriched environment for all.

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WELCOME HOME, SHIRO!

By Jayshree Punjabi

The zookeeper and the chimp enter the open area of the zoo and drop their shopping bags on the floor. They are in awe of all the decorations the kids have been up to.

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Mama Bear and Tigress are busy in a kitchen area, along with a skunk guarding all the food. Papa Bear puts his hand out to take a cupcake from the baking tray, the skunk threatens to spray him if he would do so; Papa Bear quickly takes his hand away and gets going.

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The band of monkeys and rabbits are seen doing a sound check of the music. Just then a “Hellllooooo” is heard, followed by a clearing of the throat, and another “Helllooooooooooo! Is anybody home?” All the zoo personnel and animals scram to take positions outside.

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Everybody breaks into a Broadway-like song and dance routine. The animals at the door look a little nervous, a little surprised. The zoo staff and the older animals help them with their luggage and sway them into their dance and give a tour of the zoo. The song ends in, “Welcome Home!”, as the birds lift the streamer of “Welcome Home” into the air and they settle on heads of two giraffes!


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

This manuscript will eventually become an almost wordless picture book, with only the words from the song that remain. Thus, it essentially becomes an "imagination reading" book making it a book a parent/ a caregiver could use to build a connection with the child in their native language, as well as use simple sounds & words from the song in English. Thus, the takeaway is moral as well as linguistic - in native language as well as English. I believe this would make for a stronger connection.

Share your suggested book title

Welcome Home, Shiro!

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).

WELCOME HOME, SHIRO! By Jayshree Punjabi The zookeeper and the chimp enter the open area of the zoo and drop their shopping bags on the floor. They are in awe of all the decorations the kids have been up to. # Mama Bear and Tigress are busy in a kitchen area, along with a skunk guarding all the food. Papa Bear puts his hand out to take a cupcake from the baking tray, the skunk threatens to spray him if he would do so; Papa Bear quickly takes his hand away and gets going. # The band of monkeys and rabbits are seen doing a sound check of the music. Just then a “Hellllooooo” is heard, followed by a clearing of the throat, and another “Helllooooooooooo! Is anybody home?” All the zoo personnel and animals scram to take positions outside. # Everybody breaks into a Broadway-like song and dance routine. The animals at the door look a little nervous, a little surprised. The zoo staff and the older animals help them with their luggage and sway them into their dance and give a tour of the zoo. The song ends in, “Welcome Home!”, as the birds lift the streamer of “Welcome Home” into the air and they settle on heads of two giraffes! End

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

This book is inspired from Read Aloud Revival's podcast the most. It is set in the importance of "connection building" between the adult and the child. Bearing in mind the personas described, some caregivers might not be proficient in English - hence, it focuses on "imagination reading" coupled with a simple song in English. It makes for deeper bond building and hence is the foundation for introducing the habit of reading for both, the adult & the child.

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

1. I have crafted the manuscript keeping in mind the discrimination the residents face, and also the idea of "you are a local of where you live" - thus making it a read for US born natives as well as first/second/third generation immigrants. While one group learns to welcome the immigrants, the other group is instilled with more hope that they will be welcomes to be a part of the society - eventually contributing to the society they are a part of. 2. I have used animals in a zoo for reference to show the diversity of how different people of different origins come together to make it a great experience for everyone.

Location: Country

India

Location: State or Department

Maharashtra

Location: City

Mumbai

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a writer/ storyteller with an advertising firm. I have been wanting to approach contributing to child development in multiple ways, including conducting fun workshops for kids. I see this challenge as a step in my journey to be making a difference there. Of course, writing a book has been a dream forever, so this is also a step in that direction. This project is of immense value to my personal growth, and I am hoping to make this a full-fledged profession too. I am an Indian, and as an Indian who has traveled to the US and has extended family there, I am aware of the hurdles immigrants face living in the US.

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

The characters are vibrant, while the environment looks subdued - the look and feel of Moana's village from Moana, the movie, stands out with respect to the colour hues. The style of characters is very Finding Nemo style. The typeface is very simple, young, and inviting.

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)

  • I browsed through the IDEO website

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

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Dawnnbooks . Thank you for sharing your comments! :) Good luck to us all!