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Muffin Monday

A mother and son embracing the family tradition of cooking for each day of the week, specifically Monday, and sharing with the community.

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Good morning Mommy!

Hello George dear. Do you know what today is? 

Today is Monday.

And, what do we usually do on Monday? 

We bake muffins on Monday. 

How many muffins should we bake today? 

Just five, please. 

Ok. Let’s play!

It’s Muffin Monday here today. 

Pour some flour. 

Crack some eggs. 

A cup of sugar and some salt. 

Throw in chocolate, berries, banana or all. 

Mix it all around and around.

Pop it in the oven. Twirl around.

It’s Muffin Monday, and happiness is what it’s all about.

Knock Knock.

Hello, Mrs. Lee. 

I’ve come to return the book I borrowed.

Where is Julie? 

She’s a little sick today.

Oh, here is one muffin to cheer her up. 

Well, thank you, George dear.

Knock Knock.

Hello, Uncle Charlie.

I’m running late for work, so I must go very soon.

Do you want two muffins to take with you?

Well, thank you, George dear.

Knock Knock.

Hello, Granny. Come in and look! Mommy and I baked muffins this morning. 

Well, I would love to try one, please.

Uh oh, 

I only have two muffins left, and there are four of us left - Granny, Mommy, Daddy, and me. 

What will you do then, George dear? 

I know, Mommy. I’ll share with Granny, you’ll share with Daddy, and that will be plenty. 

That’s a marvelous idea, George dear.

Yumm Yumm.

Well, George dear, what day will be tomorrow? 

Tomorrow will be Tuesday, and we’ll make tacos.

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

My vision for “Muffin Monday” is to celebrate diverse communities and family traditions through food and days of the week, which can expand into a book series beyond Muffin Monday to Taco Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday, Noodle Thursday, and Pizza Friday. The hope is that the common experience of sharing food encourages the fostering of relationships even with people of different cultures and background.

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Muffin Monday

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

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

Although I have not lived in Philadelphia, I have visited the city a few times during my ten-year residency in New York City. My impression of Philadelphia is that the city is a smaller scale of New York City, but equal in its accessibility and vibrancy of city neighborhood demographic diversity, socio-economic array, and cultural richness in tradition, history, and heritage. Overall, Philadelphia felt more intimate and welcoming to the diversity it houses as evidenced in the prominent communities present.

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

I’ve integrated the presence of community in an urban context, which helps to augment a child’s sense of the world with different people and lifestyle habits. In an effort to address differences and embrace diversity in people, food, and culture, I’ve used common activities like eating or sharing with others to create shared experiences that reflect the possible urban experiences of a child and caregiver. The direct benefits are deepening the relational bond and supporting the child in learning and making sense of the urban environment around him/her.

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Muffin Monday Manuscript Submission Answers.pdf

Answers to 2 questions: 1) How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? 2) Tell us more about you/your team.


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Great job. Best of luck.

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