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If wild baby animals live in the city. (revised)

The story is about embracing diversity, tolerating each other's inconvenient characteristics, and baby animals' fun facts.

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If you meet a baby giraffe on the bus,

you will know,

she is as tall as Dad.

You will need me to lift you,

to give her a hug.

// How tall are you?


If you meet a baby elephant in the market,

you will see,

she will eat all the bananas

before anyone buys them. 

Because she is always sooooooooo hungry.

// Are you hungry?  


If you meet a baby sea turtle 

in the kindergarten,

you will know,

you need to be very, very, very NICE.

So she will not be too scared to play.

// Do you know what is being scared?



If you meet a baby tiger 

in the library,

you will know, 

when she is angry with mamma tiger.

She would roar so loud that everyone in the library,

everyone on the street, 

and everyone in the neighborhood can hear.

// What do you do when you are angry?


If you meet a baby blue whale 

in the swimming pool,

you will know, 

that you have to come back another day. 

Because she is soooooooooo big, 

and there is no room left for you to splash.  

// What else can we do on a hot summer day? 



If wild baby animals live in the city,

Will you invite them to your birthday party?

Even though the baby giraffe is tall,

the baby elephant eats a lot,

the baby turtle is shy,

the baby tiger loud,

and,

the baby blue whale is way too big to fit in your living room?

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

The story uses humor and absurdity to convey the message of embracing diversity. By putting wild animals in a child's familiar environment, children can learn animal facts(e.g., a baby giraffe is more than 6 feet tall, a baby elephant eat a lot) in a way that they understand (rather than just abstract numbers). In the same time, using animals exaggerates the diversity and differences among urban citizens, a more engaging way to illustrate the underline message.

Share your suggested book title

If wild baby animals live in the city

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 you meet a baby giraffe on the bus, you will know, she is as tall as Dad. You will need me to lift you, to give her a hug. // How tall are you? If you meet a baby elephant in the market, you will see, she will eat all the bananas before anyone buys them. Because she is always sooooooooo hungry. // Are you hungry? If you meet a baby sea turtle in the kindergarten, you will know, you need to be very, very, very NICE. So she will not be too scared to play. // Do you know what is being scared? If you meet a baby tiger in the library, you will know, when she is angry with mamma tiger. She would roar so loud that everyone in the library, everyone on the street, and everyone in the neighborhood can hear. // What do you do when you are angry? If you meet a baby blue whale in the swimming pool, you will know, that you have to come back another day. Because she is soooooooooo big, and there is no room left for you to splash. // What else can we do on a hot summer day? If wild baby animals live in the city, Will you invite them to your birthday party? Even though the baby giraffe is tall, the baby elephant eats a lot, the baby turtle is shy, the baby tiger loud, and, the baby blue whale is way too big to fit in your living room?

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

The story is inspired by my own experience of being a mother. One of the tools that I discovered to be very engaging with toddlers is absurdity and fantasy. I want to use these elements in my story to engage both the caretakers and children. The manuscript also includes a list of adjectives that the caretakers can talk about with children, and use these words in their everyday life after reading the book. I have consulted the Basic Vocabulary Terms provided by the challenge, done some research on tier 1 and tier 2 vocabulary on the internet, and had kept that in mind when crafting my manuscripts. Currently, I am revising my script based on the advice from the book "children's book writer word bank." I have also included an additional question in each verse, so caretakers can use them to expand the conversation with the children who have begun to speak.

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

I looked through the resources provided by Openideo in the Urban context section. I have never been to Philadelphia. But I do understand what it is like to live in a multi-cultural urban environment, as we live in a neighborhood in Oslo which consists of families from all over the world.

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

The story is set in the environment most of the urban children are familiar with. The readers learn about animal facts, and hopefully inspires caretakers to find out more animal facts that they can learn together with the child. I am also hoping that children will build different relations with wild animals (they will understand that they are not just cute toys in the toy box, or on their cloth.

Location: Country

Oslo, Norway

Location: State or Department

Oslo

Location: City

Oslo

Website URL (optional question)

www.lixin.no

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a freelance illustrator, in my early career on children's book writer and illustrator world. I have worked as a UX designer for nearly 10 years, and a big part of my work were done in the educational sector. I worked with youth and children in urban and rural Uganda, and also university students in Norway, both in the context of building platforms for learning purposes. I have always been passionated about visual storytelling, comics and graphic novels. Ever since I became a mother, I am spending countless hours researching good children's book to read for my daughter. I was blown away by the power and the impact good children's books have on a toddler's little mind. So I decided to write and illustrate my own.

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

- Dagen's Don't (the short story collection in comic format, in Norwegian language; I worked as an illustrator). - Various self published comic zines.

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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Hi xin li  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Very fascinating read, love how beautifully you have used physical characteristics of animals to talk about diversity and inclusion.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story ? You can find some inspiration in the Featured Suggestion and Challenge Resources on the main challenge page.

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Team

Hi, Itika Gupta 
Thank you so much for your suggestions. I have revised the script a couple of times and will keep working on it. Let me know if you have any more thoughts based on the new version of the manuscript.

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