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Finding My Place

This rhyming book follows an immigrant who has recently arrived in America and goes on a journey to find a place that makes him feel at home

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I just came here from far away

This world feels strange, this world feels new

 At times, it leaves me feeling blue


I’m looking for a special place

That makes me feel at home

I walk into the bright sunshine and then begin to roam

 

Cars are rushing, buses too

Trolleys zooming along the track

Sometimes so fast, it makes me jump back


I reach a place that’s full of joy

Squirrels scurrying up the trees

Families enjoying the cool day’s breeze


I try to relax but this isn’t a fit

I’m looking for a special place

That makes me feel at home


Cultural dishes fill the air

I walk anxiously up and down the avenue

Seeking the comfort that I am due


The search goes on

I’m looking for a special place

That makes me feel at home


As my journey continues

I catch a glimpse of friends huddled together

Enjoying the pleasure of beautiful weather


A couple more steps

I turn the corner and stop to look at a sign

Suddenly, I realize this place could sure be mine


My eyes focus on the shelves of books

Some stacked high, some stacked low

The number too great for me to know


The adventure begins

Turning pages with great excitement

Finally, finding real contentment


Hours go by

And the day is ending

I am facing a new beginning


I still miss my faraway land

But I like my new place too

I will treasure the old while discovering the new

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

The manuscript is designed for children and caregivers to interactively explore the joy of reading through a fun rhyming book with a powerful message.

Share your suggested book title

Finding My Place

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).

I just came here from far away This world feels strange, this world feels new At times, it leaves me feeling blue I’m looking for a special place That makes me feel at home I walk into the bright sunshine and then begin to roam Cars are rushing, buses too Trolleys zooming along the track Sometimes so fast, it makes me jump back I reach a place that’s full of joy Squirrels scurrying up the trees Families enjoying the cool day’s breeze I try to relax but this isn’t a fit I’m looking for a special place That makes me feel at home Cultural dishes fill the air I walk anxiously up and down the avenue Seeking the comfort that I am due The search goes on I’m looking for a special place That makes me feel at home As my journey continues I catch a glimpse of friends huddled together Enjoying the pleasure of beautiful weather A couple more steps I turn the corner and stop to look at a sign Suddenly, I realize this place could sure be mine My eyes focus on the shelves of books Some stacked high, some stacked low The number too great for me to know The adventure begins Turning pages with great excitement Finally, finding real contentment Hours go by And the day is ending I am facing a new beginning I still miss my faraway land But I like my new place too I will treasure the old while discovering the new

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

Early childhood language development research indicates that children learn through books that contain rhyme and allow children to use their imaginations. In addition, caregivers will have many opportunities to ask questions and engage children through talk and gestures. This manuscript allows children to make predictions and follow a plot. It contains rich vocabulary and includes a character who has a problem, makes attempts to solve the problem and ultimately does find a solution to the problem. This will increase their problem solving skills. Furthermore, the character is sad at the beginning of the story and ends up happy at the end. This introduces children to character development at an early age.

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

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I am a graduate of the Philadelphia Public School System. I have worked as an educator for the past 20 years for the School District of Philadelphia. I have taught Kindergarten through Adult Education. I am a Certified Reading Specialist who is presently working as an English Language Learner Teacher.

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

I have created this manuscript to provide caregivers with strategies to support early language development. This manuscript provides many opportunities for conversations through connections of urban living. Familiar places include parks, stores, and a library. Throughout the story, the character is trying to find a place where he can feel comfortable. Often, many of us find ourselves in this situation. We are looking for relief from the discomforts of the world. We are searching for peace. This books suggest themes of peace, empathy, and perseverance.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an educator who strongly believes in lifelong learning. I currently provide instruction to a diverse group of students in an elementary school setting as an English Language Learner Teacher. In addition, I work with organizations with a strong belief in parents as partners. I work with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide literacy through fun and engaging activities . I volunteer as a Reading Captain in collaboration with Read by 4th to support caregivers.

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 an educator

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Good lesson about change.
It is scary but not necessarily bad.

Good one.
Good luck to us all.

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