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This story follows little Simone as she sees and learns how important home is by visiting her friends across Philadelphia.

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“Why can’t we stay at the park. Why do we have to go home?” Simone cries.

“Home is where your family is. Home is where you are warm and safe” says her mom.


 “Let’s take a trip to see all our friends and their homes.”

 

They took the subway to South Philadelphia to see their friend Vathiny. “I love my home” says Vathiny “its filled with yummy smells. My Yeay tells me stories and brushes my hair.”

 

They walked to Center City to meet their new little friend, Kamau.

They took the elevator up, up, up to his apartment home. 

“Shh, Kamau is sleeping.” 

Simone peeked into the room. 

“Papa, look at his little bed next to the big bed” Simone whispers.

“That’s to keep him close to his Mama and safe.”

 

They took the bus to Kensington to see their friend Elvis. 

“I have the most fun in my home!” says Elvis. “There’s always music playing, aunties and cousins visiting, and my neighborhood friends playing soccer outside!” 

 

They took the trolley to visit their friend Keisha in West Philadelphia. “Do you want to see something so cool about my home? Come with me. My grandad and my mom both grew up in this house and now I’m growing up here. This home has taken care of my whole family.” 

 

Now Simone was tired and happy to go home. “You’re right, Mama. Our homes are full of love, keep us safe, and make us strong and happy.”


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

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the fundamental building blocks of individual and public health. These can be widely different across an urban center such as Philadelphia. These board books are intended to introduce 3 specific SDoH that are critical to child development from the perspectives of children in different parts of Philly to convey to both caregiver and child the importance of "Eat, Play, Sleep," while empowering them to see and seek out additional resources.

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“Why can’t we stay at the park. Why do we have to go home?” Simone cries. “Home is where your family is. Home is where you are warm and safe” says her mom. “Let’s take a trip to see all our friends and their homes.” They took the subway to South Philadelphia to see their friend Vathiny. “I love my home” says Vathiny “its filled with yummy smells. My Yeay tells me stories and brushes my hair.” They walked to Center City to meet their new little friend, Kamau. They took the elevator up, up, up to his apartment home. “Shh, Kamau is sleeping.” Simone peeked into the room. “Papa, look at his little bed next to the big bed” Simone whispers. “That’s to keep him close to his Mama and safe.” They took the bus to Kensington to see their friend Elvis. “I have the most fun in my home!” says Elvis. “There’s always music playing, aunties and cousins visiting, and my neighborhood friends playing soccer outside!” They took the trolley to visit their friend Keisha in West Philadelphia. “Do you want to see something so cool about my home? Come with me. My grandad and my mom both grew up in this house and now I’m growing up here. This home has taken care of my whole family.” Simone was tired and was happy to go home. “You’re right, Mama. Our homes are full of love, keep us safe, and make us strong and happy.”

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

Using only Tier 1 lexicon together with bright and bold illustration of Philadelphia homes and neighborhoods, this storybook deconstructs the concept of Social Determinants of Health to convey its importance to caregivers while engaging young children from ages 0-3. The baseline repetition of specific words reinforce these with the subject content for children and parents. The cultural names provide phonetic "stretch" for some readers and familiarity for others.

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

My career as an emergency physician has been exclusively in Philadelphia, beginning in North Philly and Kensington followed by stints in Olney, Northeast Philly, Center City, and South Philly. I have become involved in advocacy efforts around the city, particularly focused on vulnerable populations. I have lived in Philly for nearly 20 years and have been raising my 2 sons in the city together with my husband who moved to Philadelphia from Italy more than 15 years ago.

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

Using a diverse group of children characters from different parts of Philadelphia to illustrate each of these three social determinants, my hope is that the images, lessons and ideas of the book will resonate with urban families, for whom the metropolis is a backdrop, but the neighborhood is a reflection of culture and community. The story strives to convey inclusion as a mechanism for empowerment. Furthermore, Quick Response Embedded technology (QR Codes) will allow for caregivers to access specific information from the Dept of Public Health, physicians, or relevant and evidence based city sources. This could continue to be a source of public health and public service messaging.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Website URL (optional question)

www.fabioscarpelli.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/priya-mammen-052a0416/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an emergency physician, public health advocate, and mother to two boys who has spent nearly 20 years in Philadelphia. A central mission of my work is to decrease disparities and increase equity between various populations across the city. My husband is an immigrant from Europe. Philadelphia is the only home he has known outside of Italy. He brings bold color and accessibility though his graphics and illustrations. We, together with our children, are embedded in our Philadelphia community and are proud to showcase our beautiful city at any opportunity.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

Please refer to images from here : http://www.fabioscarpelli.com/Cartoons.html

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Mammen, Priya E, Sanaman, P, Perrone, JM (2018) Grassroots Efforts Led by Emergency Physicians to Mitigate the Escalating Opioid Epidemic circa 2012. New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst April 25, 2018. https://catalyst. nejm.org/grassroots-ed-unsafe-opioid-prescribing-pra Douglas A.E. White, MD, ....., Priya E. Mammen, MD, MPH, ... (2018) Acute HIV Discovered During Routine HIV Screening With HIV Antigen-Antibody Combination Tests in 9 US EDs. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • We are a physician wife and artist/fitness trainer husband who have never written a children's book

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It is always tough situation when the little one does not want to leave somewhere they hang around for too long time. They need to learn how to get some positive attitude to listen and leave the place as needed, which always based on how we(parents/caregivers) are able to approach it from efficiency.

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