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Jade's Journey

Jade, a lonely pigeon, looks for her flock throughout her city.

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Jade's Journey:

When Jade awoke on top of the hall’s clock, she did not see her pigeon friend flock.

Jade said, “Well, I know what to do, I’ll find them in the park. Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.”

The flock wasn’t on the statue, bench or trees, so Jade flew away on the cool breeze.

Jade said, “I’ll look somewhere new, off to the highway! Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.”

Jade’s friends were not there at the street, just busses, cars, and beep-beep-beeps.

Jade said, “I don’t know what to do. I guess I’ll go home. Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.”

There Jade found her pigeon friend flock. They were all there at the Hall with the clock.

Jade said, “I’ve been looking all over town for you.” Her friends said, “We missed too! Hel-looo! Hel-looo!”

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

This black and white book features Jades' fully illustrated story on one side to be read with the parent or caretakers, and the other side unfolds to stand up on its own displaying "zoomed in" black and white illustrations from Jade's story. This up-standing book encourages tummy-time for babies, but also transitions to a seek-and-find within Jade's story as the readers grow into toddlerhood.

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Jade's Journey

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).

Jade's Journey: When Jade awoke on top of the hall’s clock, she did not see her pigeon friend flock. Jade said, “Well, I know what to do, I’ll find them in the park. Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.” The flock wasn’t on the statue, bench or trees, so Jade flew away on the cool breeze. Jade said, “I’ll look somewhere new, off to the highway! Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.” Jade’s friends were not there at the street, just busses, cars, and beep-beep-beeps. Jade said, “I don’t know what to do. I guess I’ll go home. Toodle-loo, toodle-loo.” There Jade found her pigeon friend flock. They were all there at the Hall with the clock. Jade said, “I’ve been looking all over town for you.” Her friends said, “We missed too! Hel-looo! Hel-looo!”

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

We're both moms. We read our children books every night, and we read the same ones over and over (and over!) again. Our favorites include short, sweet stories with a repeatable phrase. For Jade, we chose "toodle-loo" as Jade says goodbye, which is also onomatopoeic for the pigeon's call. Babies also see best in black and white. For early readers 0-3, black and white grabs their attention. One of Monica's babies' favorites was Tana Hoban's BLACK & WHITE, which inspired this story of JADE'S JOURNEY. This book encourages not only lap-reading time with a parent or caregiver, but also independent tummy time for the young reader, all the while staying engaged visually.

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

Monica's father lived outside Philly for years, and visits would always include hoagies for lunch. Pigeons were always nearby cooing for crumbs.

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

One of the most common urban animals is the pigeon. And whenever you see one on its own, you wonder where the rest of them are because you usually see them flocking together. Pigeons are also found at most areas that cities share: parks, roadsides, and tourist attractions. So whenever go to those areas in your own city, or when you're visiting a new city, or you'll usually end up spending some time with pigeons.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

IL

Location: City

Chicago

Tell us more about you / your team

Monica Wilson, author: born in Grand Rapids, Michigan: lived in Houston, Texas; London, UK; Goa, India; & Chicago, Illinois. Was enamored with trains of all kinds as a kid. Ania Klimiuk, illustrator: born in Warsaw, Poland: lived in New York, New York & Chicago, Illinois. Loved riding Warsaw's yellow and red buses and trams as a kid. Both are raising their children in Chicago and want to share the magic of a busy city.

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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Facebook ad

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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