This is a story of two brothers, Liam almost 4 years old, and Jackson around 9 years old. They live in the city with their working parents. They always play in a near by park. Today, their parents allowed Liam to walk back with Jackson from the park, who playfully tells Liam he cannot find the way asking indirectly for his younger brother's help.
The book could be developed to be a pop up book, however, it will tear easily with the targeted age group. However, simple flaps and textures could be added.
Hi, I am Liam.
L I A M. I can spell my name and it starts with the letter L.
[to illustrator: Liam is tracing the letter L in the air in a step by step way up-down-left-right]
And this is my brother Jack. It starts with the letter J.
[to illustrator: Liam is tracing the letter J in the air in a step by step way up-down-half circle to the left]
Today, I am very excited. I will walk back home with Jack!
[to illustrator: the brothers are playing in a playground, the kids there reflect a nice diversity including a child with disability. Add a humorous element for my whole life part]
Home is a few blocks away. Dad drew the directions for us on a paper. Jack will read them for us.
[to illustrator: we see the paper and it has the words]
I cannot read. But Jack can read,
he says: first left, second right, third right, fourth left.
[to illustrator: a worried look on Jack’s face]
“But… I do not know my left from my right”, Jack said. “What do we do?”
HOW WILL WE GO HOME!
[to illustrator: both kids are anxious]
We are now scared.
“What do we do?”
[to illustrator: Liam thinks for a minute]
I know my left. I told Jack.
Grandma told me I can make the letter L with my left hand fingers. Like this.
[to illustrator: Liam is making an L shape with his left hand thumb and index fingers]
I can count too.
Let’s go home, Jack.
“First left”, Jack reads again.
1… Here we go left.
[to illustrator: Liam is making an L shape and they go to the left, ALWAYS WITH THE SAME HAND AND WHEN ITS NOT LEFT, WE SEE HOW HE GOES OPPOSITE DIRECTION.]
“Now, second right”, Jack says.
1… 2... Here we go second, right!
“Third right” Jack says.
1… 2... 3... here we go third right.
“Lastly, fourth left” Jack announces.
1… 2... 3... 4... and here is fourth left to our home.
“Hi mom!”, Jack says, “guess what happened!”
“What happened?” Mom asks.
“Liam walked us home today, when I did not know my left from my right”
“But you know your left from you right!”
[to illustrator: Liam is making a funny look at Jack, who acts as if he is busted]