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Making Friends at the Park

6 year old Alejandro moves to the city from Guatemala and he finds that the park is a great place to make new friends from all backgrounds.

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Alejandro moved from Guatemala to Philadelphia. He missed his friends from home!

His mother, Lilian, took him to the park to play.

(picture of park shown) 

What do YOU see in the park with Alejandro? 

Can you find these?

Swings

Slide

Race cars

See-saw

Kids playing

Alejandro was nervous because he did not know English.

His mother gently took his hand and led him to a group of kids.

Does anyone speak Spanish? asked Lilian.

A girl in the group smiled.

I am Valentina, I come from Puerto Rico. I love to play in the park.

This is Doyun. He was born in Korea.

Here is my friend Ifede. She is from Nigeria.

I’m Mason, visiting from Chicago. I used to live here.

(map of world shown with places kids are from highlighted)

Let's see where they're from!

Do you want to be our friend? Valentina asked.

We enjoy the swings, the slides, the seesaw.

Mason had an idea. Let's all say “hi” in our language? I’ll start. Hi!

Ann-ye-ong-ha-say-o! said Doyun.

Enle’, said Ifede.

Hola! said Valentina and Alejandro.

Now you try saying Hello!

As Alejandro walked home, he told his mom he had fun with his friends. 

See! You can make friends anywhere! said his mother.

The next day, Alejandro went back to the park to play with his new friends.

He noticed a girl sitting on the bench who looked sad. He went up to her and waved hello.

Then, all of his new friends came up to introduce themselves. And the girl smiled and said: Thank you.

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

Being a kid is hard, especially when you are new to the country and speak a different language. I want kids to get a feeling of being able to feel welcome in a place where you are new, and other kids to accept people of different races, languages, etc.

Share your suggested book title

Making Friends at the Park

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).

Alejandro moved from Guatemala to Philadelphia. He missed his friends from home! His mother, Lilian, took him to the park to play. (picture of park shown) What do YOU see in the park with Alejandro? Can you find these? Swings Slide Race cars See-saw Kids playing Alejandro was nervous because he did not know English. His mother gently took his hand and led him to a group of kids. Does anyone speak Spanish? asked Lilian. A girl in the group smiled. I am Valentina, I come from Puerto Rico. I love to play in the park. This is Doyun. He was born in Korea. Here is my friend Ifede. She is from Nigeria. I’m Mason, visiting from Chicago. I used to live here. (map of world shown with places kids are from highlighted) Let's see where they're from! Do you want to be our friend? Valentina asked. We enjoy the swings, the slides, the seesaw. Mason had an idea. Let's all say “hi” in our language? I’ll start. Hi! Ann-ye-ong-ha-say-o! said Doyun. Enle’, said Ifede. Hola! said Valentina and Alejandro. Now you try saying Hello! As Alejandro walked home, he told his mom he had fun with his friends. See! You can make friends anywhere! said his mother. The next day, Alejandro went back to the park to play with his new friends. He noticed a girl sitting on the bench who looked sad. He went up to her and waved hello. Then, all of his new friends came up to introduce themselves. And the girl smiled and said: Thank you.

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

This would inspire people living in the city because people living there can often go to the park if they don't have their own places to play or any friends to play with. People can come together at the park and play together often because it is in walking distance, and you can get to know about different people at the park and learn about their cultures while having fun. When families take their children to play at the park, they're acting like a true community.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

NH

Location: City

Hollis

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a 6th grader from Hollis, New Hampshire. I actually did the opposite of this story! I moved from LA to Hollis. I am half Italian and half Korean. My personal connection with this story is that I am multi-cultural and bilingual. I speak Italian and as I said, I am half Korean. I have written some award winning stories, which I will include in these links. https://issuu.com/nhptv/docs/kw17escar https://issuu.com/nhptv/docs/2016escarelephant https://issuu.com/nhptv/docs/kw18escar?e=7954181/60300981

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Olivia, You have written a beautiful story of friendship in the park! Nice job! Best wishes today!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Buis
Author of Buddy Goes To Clark Park
( Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Buddy our Labrador Retriever mix rescue dog.)

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