Musicat is a mascot and champion for the love appreciation and awareness of live music. Musicat :"Music nourishes the mind , body and soul "
Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences
To promote an interest in live music for young children. Musicat spreads an early message. Music everywhere, music is fun, music makes people happy , music unties.
Share your suggested book title
Love . Live. Music.
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).
BY Jen Christensen
Deep down on the dark city streets the scared stray cat hears pretty music
The cold gray sky turns white
The small cats tail spins around and around
HE’s MUSICAT! My Musicat.
My MUSICAT likes Strawberry Fields they make him smile
My MUSICAT likes Fields of GOLD they make him dance.
Musicat likes the letter B for BIG, BRIGHT and BABY
Big tired Monsters and my Musicat come Together to dance in the street
Excited bright blue Monsters play songs in cars with burnt orange cats
Happy red Monsters play boo with silly Baby’s
Funny Music makes big blue monsters and babies sing in the rain
MUSICAT and happy monsters shake shake shake in yellow submarines with big blue babies
All they need is LOVE
Yesterday They let the Sun shine in . Today the dark city streets are Big Blue and BRIGHT
All city cats on the street love pretty music
Musicat hugs all the monsters. Big Monsters hug babies. Babies play guitar.
MUSIC spreads LOVE
My Musicat says
How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)
The book uses tier 1 words such as street, cat, city,. The book enforces the letter B and colors. The book talk. s about great universal messages, love, unification and inclusion. The book creates an interest in the needs and love for music and how live music can heal and transform. The book has relatable identifiable characters as well as classic song titles and messages through those titles. The book and Musicat series tress the love and appreciation for live music and have a huge emphasis on the work of the beatles.
Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)
I lived in Philly for 2 years and worked as a sales manager at the Crown Plaza in the early 2000's. I had a huge appreciation for the arts in Philly and would frequent the museum for the Friday music hour. I found the culture in Philly to be one of the warmest and incredible of anywhere I lived in the world. Dark streets turned colorful in Philly-- mainly through the City's emphasis on art, music and culture. This may sound strange but I felt a kinship with many of the homeless people and they inspired my Musicat series through their amazing warmness and appreciation of the wonderful Philly arts culture.
How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)
Yes very much so. I love street performers and am amazed by them.
My Musicat brand and character is a stray homeless cat that finds a purpose, inspiration, meaning and love when he hears the sounds of a lonely musician playing on the streets. After hearing this he becomes so excited and full of life he morphs into a super treble clef cat- and "wallah" Musicat comes to life. HIs mission becomes to spread this message and love for music in every city and everywhere he goes. This was totally inspired by my watching street musicians and artists come to life just by doing what they love on the streets of Philly.
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