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My Name is Liberty

This is a story about strength and resilience told through the example of the Liberty Bell.

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My name is Liberty

And I am a bell

A story of strength

One I will tell


Cast like all others

To ring for the state

A crack in my side

Sealed my fate


But not in the way

That most suppose

Melted, reshaped

Again, I rose


How would I sound

On the second try

Dull is the answer

I cannot lie


Melted again

With metals added

This time, the people

Knew they had it


Declaration read

I rang loud and clear

Words were added

Look at them here


"All men are created equal"

What does that mean?

You have it within you

To do what you dream


My name is Liberty

And this story is true

A story of strength

That is also in you

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

The vision for this EC book is one that takes a patriotic symbol to tell a story of strength and resilience. The idea of the story is to send the critical message to our young ones to not give up, to not allow setbacks, such as a crack in a bell, to discourage their dreams. While perhaps a message more appropriate for a slightly older audience, the simple prose will help the children of Philadelphia, who might visit the Liberty Bell, associate more than a history story with its symbolism.

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My Name is Liberty

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).

My name is Liberty And I am a bell A story of strength One I will tell Cast like all others To ring for the state A crack in my side Sealed my fate But not in the way That most suppose Melted, reshaped Again, I rose How would I sound On the second try Dull is the answer I cannot lie Melted again With metals added This time, the people Knew they had it Declaration read I rang loud and clear Words were added Look at them here "All men are created equal" What does that mean? You have it within you To do what you dream My name is Liberty And this story is true A story of strength That is also in you

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

While my association with Philadelphia has been related to serving as a national consultant working alongside the schools and communities to achieve equity and excellence in education, one of my favorite places to visit when in town is Independence Hall.

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

This particular story is very specific to a historical marker in Philadelphia; however, the story of strength and resilience illustrated by the people who continued to rebuild the bell, and the hardiness of the bell, is an important message for all contexts. While the illustrations will easily capture the sights and sounds of the city (the urban context), the opportunity to infuse other historical events of other cultures that demonstrate the same strength and resilience are present. In short, the story is designed to help caregivers talk to our young ones about not giving up. By using the story as a springboard for other stories about overcoming challenges, the possibilities are endless.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Texas

Location: City

Rockwall

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mom of two, a girl and a boy, with a love of poetry, travel, people and community. I am an eternal optimist who believes in the collective good. I also believe we can talk anything true that is worthy. I was inspired to write the story of the Liberty Bell because of the eternal significance it holds and a message that must ring louder and more clear across our nation in this day in age: All men are created equal. This rings true today, and tomorrow.

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

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi Shannon, I love that we were both drawn to the Liberty Bell as narrator! Your story puts such a nice emphasis on the strength, resilience, equality, and dreams that it represents. Very sweet and well done.

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