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Lizards and Richard the wizard

Creating hope and courage for families through a not so common lizard

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In a land of lizards, there is no such thing as wizards.

A lizard named Richard, decided over dessert that he wanted to be a wizard.

But the other lizards shook, they could not look, they thought that it was not good.

Here is why they think Richard is strange, so much so, they demand a change.

When lizards fail, they drop their tails. When Richard fails, he finds another trail.

LIzards think it is fun, lazing in the sun. Richard prefers to run and gets things done.

What keeps Richard going, you might say, since he gets in their way, almost every day?

The answer lies in his father, who told him not to bother, yet do things out of honour.

And at every strike of the bell, he does it well, all without a spell.

Then one sudden day,

In the land of lizards, there was a blizzard.

It snowed so hard, you can barely see, the snow went up beyond the knee.

The lizards shook, they could not look, they tried everything they thought was good.

They spent all day, till there is no other way, so they went to Richard to have a final say.

Richard the wizard embraced the blizzard,
and saw the lizards needed sweatshirts.

So he shout, and sent sweaters out, such that every lizard had a piece without a doubt.

Everyone felt great, they celebrate, there is no longer any debate.

That in the land of lizards, anyone can be a wizard.


V2 

In a land of lizards, there is no such thing as wizards.


A lizard named Richard, decided over dessert that he wanted to be a wizard.


But the other lizards shook, they could not look, they thought that it was not good.


Here is why they think Richard is strange, so much so, they demand a change.


When lizards fail, they drop their tails. When Richard fails, he finds another trail.


LIzards think it is fun, lazing in the sun. Richard prefers to run and gets things done.


What keeps Richard going, you might say, since he gets in their way, almost every day?


The answer lies in his father, who told him not to bother, yet do things out of honour.


And at every strike of the bell, he does it well, all without a spell.


Then one fine day,


In the land of lizards, there was suddenly a blizzard.


It snowed so hard, you can barely see, the snow went up beyond the knee.


The lizards shook, they could not look, they tried everything they thought was good.


They spent all day, till there is no other way, so they went to Richard to have a final say.


Richard the wizard embraced the blizzard,

and saw the lizards needed sweatshirts.


So he shout, and sent sweaters out, so that every lizard had a piece without a doubt.


Everyone felt great, they celebrate,

There is no longer any debate.


That in the land of lizards, anyone can be a wizard.



V1 

In a land of lizards, there is no such thing as wizards.


A lizard named Richard, decided over dessert that he wanted to be a wizard.


But the other lizards shook, they could not look, they thought that it was not good.


Here is why they think Richard is strange, so much so, they demand a change.


When lizards fail, they drop their tails, but Richard finds another trail.


And while lizards laze in the sun, thinking that it is fun, Richard gets lots of things done.


What keeps Richard going, you might say, since he gets in their way, almost every day?


The answer lies in his father, who told him not to bother, yet do things out of honour.


And at every strike of the bell, he does it well, all without a spell.


Then one fine day,


In the land of lizards, there was suddenly a blizzard.


It snowed so hard, you can barely see, the snow went up beyond the knee.


The lizards shook, they could not look, they tried everything they thought was good.


They spent all day, till there is no other way, so they went to Richard to have a final say.


Richard the wizard embraced the blizzard,

and saw the lizards needed sweatshirts.


So he shout, and sent sweaters out, so that every lizard had a piece without a doubt.


Everyone felt great, they celebrate,

There is no longer any debate.


That in the land of lizards, anyone can be a wizard.


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

Being different from the society can be difficult, but should be an occasion to celebrate. By being true to oneself, the manuscript hopes to show personal qualities like resilience and ingenuity, such that kids and caregivers can see themselves in the unassuming character of a lizard.

Share your suggested book title

In the land of lizards and wizards

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).

In a land of lizards, there is no such thing as wizards. A lizard named Richard, decided over dessert that he wanted to be a wizard. But the other lizards shook, they could not look, they thought that it was not good. Here is why they think Richard is strange, so much so, they demand a change. When lizards fail, they drop their tails. When Richard fails, he finds another trail. LIzards think it is fun, lazing in the sun. Richard prefers to run and gets things done. What keeps Richard going, you might say, since he gets in their way, almost every day? The answer lies in his father, who told him not to bother, yet do things out of honour. And at every strike of the bell, he does it well, all without a spell. Then one sudden day, In the land of lizards, there was a blizzard. It snowed so hard, you can barely see, the snow went up beyond the knee. The lizards shook, they could not look, they tried everything they thought was good. They spent all day, till there is no other way, so they went to Richard to have a final say. Richard the wizard embraced the blizzard, and saw the lizards needed sweatshirts. So he shout, and sent sweaters out, such that every lizard had a piece without a doubt. Everyone felt great, they celebrate, there is no longer any debate. That in the land of lizards, anyone can be a wizard.

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

Children learn faster when parents are engaged in reading materials. This is because the tone of voice, the expressions and the reflection of personal self helps parents to read books over and over again. At the age when million of words can be absorbed by toddlers, a mixture of tier 1 and tier 2 words helps not only the toddler to be engaged, but also the parent who is critically reading the book. Parents also read better when there are moral values imparted to kids. Humility, bravery and grit is present in this book as a means to encourage parents and instill values into kids. These values are especially important with minority groups, as they help establish a foundation at an early stage and can be seen in community and culture. The lizard, that was segregated by the community, had the determination Lastly, repitition and the play of word contrast makes the story more interesting, and reinforcing key words such as day, way, good, look, land.

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

Although I do not have have any familiarity with philadelphia, I can relate to the persona by comparing the similarities in Singapore, where it is a cosmopolitan nation with many different people of different background. As what most big modern cities, social acceptance is a big thing for people to feel belonged. Grit and perseverance is also what people can experience. That being said, I have tried to use elements, such as snow, sweatshirts and bells to draw it closer to philadelphia. Lizards are also common urban animals, and I tried to tie its traits to the traits of an innovator or outlier.

Location: Country

Singapore

Location: State or Department

Singapore

Location: City

Singapore

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.instagram.com/darren.portfolio/?hl=en https://www.behance.net/darrenyeojx https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenyeo

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a designer by practice, and an innovator at heart. Currently, I am a design facilitator, enabling and coaching teams with the use of human centered design, lean startup and user experience. I enjoy applying design across a wide context, and to engage various people interested in this discipline. This has led me to volunteer in programmes outside work, including mentoring students, and participating in design competitions. As I’m greatly passionate about design, technology and innovation culture, I love reading and exchanging topics with people who share the same enthusiasm. I am also a father of 2 kids, 3 and 1 years old. I enjoy borrowing children books from the local library. This has led me to the world of visual poetry and whimsical illustration. I see myself being a writer one day, and dream about reading my published book to my kids. I hope my story will also inspire many families to do likewise too.

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

Quentin Blake Thomas Flintham Judy Watson

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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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

As Gupta has suggested, I believe that as you rework the lines look at the beat/ rhythm plus the rhymes you have crafted in there will make it a more awesome story

Photo of Darren Yeo
Team

Thanks ashanti for your feedback. Will look into it :)

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

you are welcome Darren

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