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Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow reflects the delight young children from all walks of life experience when seeing their shadow.

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Me and My Shadow is a rhyming story that relates a child's delight at seeing and playing with her shadow. It also shares her thoughts on when Shadow doesn't show up or surprises her with the forms she takes. And, the story demonstrates the good feelings that the child has through her association with her Shadow.

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

The book aims to engage the 0-3 year old being read to through rhyming language relating the ways in which one experiences the phenomenon of seeing one's shadow. For adult readers, it relates an enjoyable aspect of childhood that they can thrill to share with the youngster to whom they are reading.

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Me and My Shadow

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).

Manuscript is attached above, as instructed.

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

One way that children learn language is to have labels for things they see. Using rhymes further engages the developing child and their interest in words. And repetition of words helps to reinforce their meanings. Me and My Shadow uses these aspects of language development to relate a universal experience -- a child's fascination with their shadow. Delighting in shadows they see of themselves and other things is among a child's earliest experiences, as is wondering what they are. Shadows engage a child's curiosity and imagination and, through rhyming language, the book captures this experience. Shadows are a part of a child's daily reality that they can see in the book and translate to their real-world experience. The use of descriptive language in the book offers the opportunity for dynamic imagery as well, which can further captivate the youngster being read to and expand their vocabulary.

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

I have only visited Philadelphia on several occasions, canvassing in North Philly during the 2016 election and visiting friends who live in neighboring suburbs. I've also attended the Philly Bike Expo, taking time to ride my bike on some of the available bike paths, and visiting some of the historical sights. In North Philly, I felt welcomed as I engaged in some heartfelt conversations about the direction of our nation and concerns people had, especially living in a neighborhood often overlooked by politicians. I met people who love their community and work hard to make the best lives for themselves and their loved ones.

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

Me and My Shadow was written to connect with all children, in urban settings and elsewhere. The story connects to children's fascination with shadows, an experience that all humans can relate to at any age, and that children especially take delight in. The book celebrates playing with ones shadow, a distraction that is free for all to experience and enjoy in all kinds of settings if the lighting is right.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

Pelham

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a writer who aims to create books that will bring delight to children and nourish their love of words, language, and storytelling. I've also written rhyming poems for my nephew and my friends' children to celebrate special milestones in their lives or mark a fun shared experience. Doing so has offered me a special way to connect with the children I love most. I also work at a medical school in the Bronx, NY. The communities our faculty and students work with are similar to those at the focus of this Challenge. To me, word play is as important as physical forms of child's play -- it nurtures the brain and makes learning and thinking about things fun. It is my opinion that, when given the opportunity, encouragement, and esteem, all children will astonish you with their ability to learn and create. We must provide them with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to dream and achieve.

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Me and My Shadow is a rhyming story that relates a child's delight at seeing and playing with her shadow. It also shares her thoughts on when Shadow doesn't show up or surprises her with the forms she takes. And, the story demonstrates the good feelings that the child has through her association with her Shadow.

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Hi Karen Gardner  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Absolutely fascinating read, its so well written with simple vocabulary and rhythm and a lovely storyline. How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

Also just to clarify what Dawnnbooks is saying, there is no disqualification if you put your submission as an attachment but its strongly recommended that you put the text of the manuscript in the submission question itself. This ensures that no one in the community misses out on reading your lovely story and give you feedback to build on.

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