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If It Wasn't For The Grass

To encourage sustainable and harmonious living to kids at an early age, and even remind adults that their actions have consequences.

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If it wasn't for the grass

what would grasshoppers eat?

We wouldn't have a park to play in

and they'd be living on paved streets.


And if it wasn't for the grasshoppers

what would birds munch?

They can't go to the grocery store

to get a yummy, crunchy lunch!


And if it wasn't for the birds

what would foxes choose to chew?

Their tummies would be in danger

and they'd have to live in the zoo.


And if it wasn't for the foxes

what would coyotes bite?

They would come and eat our smelly trash

under the bright moonlight.


And if it wasn't for our trash

Mother Nature wouldn't be so sad.

If we all just played together,

she would be cheerful and glad!

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

To teach children about the way organisms support one another, and show them that we must be supportive too, rather than destructive. If we deny the harm we are doing to our environment, it will only continue to get worse.

Share your suggested book title

If It Wasn't For The Grass

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).

If it wasn't for the grass what would grasshoppers eat? We wouldn't have a park to play in and they'd be living on paved streets. And if it wasn't for the grasshoppers what would birds munch? They can't go to the grocery store to get a yummy, crunchy lunch! And if it wasn't for the birds what would foxes choose to chew? Their tummies would be in danger and they'd have to live in the zoo. And if it wasn't for the foxes what would coyotes bite? They would come and eat our smelly trash under the bright moonlight. And if it wasn't for our trash Mother Nature wouldn't be so sad. If we all just played together, she would be cheerful and glad!

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

I chose to use tier 1 animal vocabulary as the subject. Depending on the book's setup, animal noises may be included to help hold their attention/teach them about the animal. An ABCB rhyme scheme was also used to hold the child's focus, as well as some use of alliteration. A sense of family is provided by the idea that we are equal to these animals and must work together for good things to happen. I chose not to include any specific family members so that it can be read by/for any of the personas.

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

I used words such as, "paved," "grocery store," and "trash." All common words to those living in urban environments. While a coyote may not be a very prominent animal for someone ages 0-3, I chose it because 1. They have been known to be seen in/around Philadelphia, and 2. They are an animal that humans hunt with no benefit other than the pleasure in taking their life.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philipsburg

Website URL (optional question)

http://www.carlyrand.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am Carly. I love anthropology and try to include it into all of my work. I love sustainability and discovering how to make every project I create sustainable. I was extremely inspired by the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and wanted to try to transform his message into the eyes of a child. I have a nephew who is 3, have read plenty of books with him, and wanted to write something that was both fun and meaningful.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
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Beginning ideas of manuscript.

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Beginning ideas of manuscript.

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Affinitizing initial ideas

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Affinitizing initial ideas

Children’s Book Manuscript Notes.pdf

These notes were taken from information packets given to my sister for my nephew who was born 4 months premature and had high risk of having a language disorder.

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Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.