OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Leon's Big Adventure in Philadelphia

This is about a young African American boy seeing the city for the first time with his parent's.

Photo of Alan Joiner
7 2

Written by

Leon was like any other kid he had a Mama, Dada, cat and a dog. Leon was going on a trip in the city with his parents today. Leon was told by his Mama to wear his blue pants, red shirt, black hat along with his black Nike shoes.Once Leon got dressed his Mama told him to get in the yellow car outside in the driveway. Leon was happy the trip for starting from their House in West Snyder to the zoo in the city.

 Dada drove the yellow car to the zoo in the city. Leon and his Mama and Dada went in the zoo. Leon could not believe that the frogs were green, and red. 

Leon next sees the white ducks in the pin area. Leon showed his Mama and Dada the big tan lions on the rocks Leon was so excited he laughed at the brown monkeys one area over. Leon and his parents got a picture taken with the front cows. Leon's Dada called Leon over he grabs a bucket of milk that cows have made and got him to drink it. Leon laughed out loud at his Dada and showed him the bird area. Leon saw every kind of bird they had there a parrot, blue jay, white tail sparrow. Leon and his Mama and Dada had seen so many animals that day at the zoo.

Leon was having the best day ever with his Mama and his Dada. Leon was ready to go home he was tired from such a fun day.




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

The intended vision is for like minded kids to have a person they can associate with doing something for the first time and what it is like while learning words that can help them develop language skills to help them as they go to into early learning programs. I also have my lead character from Philadelphia in West Snyder area who is African-American boy so that they can better associate with that character and have a familiar point for kids to associate with.

Share your suggested book title

Leon's Adventure in Philadelphia

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).

Leon was like any other kid he had a Mama, Dada, cat and a dog. Leon was going on a trip in the city with his parents today. Leon was told by his Mama to wear his blue pants, red shirt, black hat along with his black Nike shoes.Once Leon got dressed his Mama told him to get in the yellow car outside in the driveway. Leon was happy the trip for starting from their House in West Snyder to the zoo in the city. Dada drove the yellow car to the zoo in the city. Leon and his Mama and Dada went in the zoo. Leon could not believe that the frogs were green, and red. Leon next sees the white ducks in the pin area. Leon showed his Mama and Dada the big tan lions on the rocks Leon was so excited he laughed at the brown monkeys one area over. Leon and his parents got a picture taken with the front cows. Leon's Dada called Leon over he grabs a bucket of milk that cows have made and got him to drink it. Leon laughed out loud at his Dada and showed him the bird area. Leon saw every kind of bird they had there a parrot, blue jay, white tail sparrow. Leon and his Mama and Dada had seen so many animals that day at the zoo. Leon was having the best day ever with his Mama and his Dada. Leon was ready to go home he was tired from such a fun day.

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

The book uses mostly words that are used for children 3 and under for learning development word skills. The resource I am using for this Guides, rules, methods, and tricks to write for an audience of children (0 to 3), families, and caregivers.

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

I have had friends that lived in Philly and knew some of the area around.

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

Yes my lead character lives in a urban area and is African -American so to make it easier for children to identify with him on a first time experience.

Location: Country

Southern United States

Location: State or Department

Georgia

Location: City

Dahlonega

Website URL (optional question)

none

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Alan Joiner I am 53 married with 4 kids and 1 grandson. I work as an independent contractor for a number of companies across the world doing consulting work. I love children and wanted to do something that not only I would be proud of but that my family would love to read most of all I did this for my grandson Carter to inspire him to read and learn.

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

I would hope to see some of the colored items I describe being used would be used and illustrated.

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 a person who wants to make kids happy and laugh and learn and learn and more learning.

7 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Perlina Murray
Team

Why not Leon went on a trip today.
His momma told him to put on his....
Think this sound better. just a suggession.

View all comments