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My Pigeon Pal Paul

Paul the Pigeon takes the reader on a tour of the city where he flies, eats, drinks and sleeps, using his wide variety of spacial skills.

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I have a pal and his name is Paul

He’s the busiest pigeon of them all

 

He flies up high

And he flies down low

 

He bobs his head 

to and fro

 

Front to back

Not side to side

 

He walks, he hops,

He flies, he glides                                                     

 

 

 

I have a pal and his name is Paul

He’s the fastest pigeon of them all

 

He flies over buses

Alongside trains

 

Inside tunnels

And up by the planes

 

Through the subway

Around City Hall

 

He walks under cars

And rests by some walls                                          

 

 

 

I have a pal and his name is Paul

He’s the hungriest pigeon of them all

 

He pecks on the street 

In front of the store

 

He pecks at the park

On grass seed galore         

 

He pecks on the sidewalk

Right next to the light 

 

He pecks on the path

By the sculpture at night

 

                                    

 

 

I have a pal and his name is Paul

He’s the thirstiest pigeon of them all

 

He drinks by the river

Close to the bay

 

He sips in the puddles

Everyday

 

He drinks from the fountain

In the center town

 

And by the museum

In the pond way down                          

 

 

 

I have a pal and his name is Paul

He’s the sleepiest pigeon of them all

 

He sleeps under bridges

And up on a ledge

 

On a flat roof

Near a tree by a hedge                                             

 

Up in the buildings

In back of my house

 

He sleeps and he sleeps

Right next to his spouse                                          

 

 

 

 

 

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

My vision is to take the reader on a bird's eye view of the city illustrating how pigeons travel, eat, drink and sleep. While touring the city, the pigeon shows the reader spacial relationships : up and down: over, under around and through; inside, outside; next to, in front, in back. The reader explores of the many aspects of the city from transportation and infrastructure to museums and parks. I envision the book being marketed with a pigeon puppet to demonstrate the spacial relationships.

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My Pigeon Pal Paul

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 have a pal and his name is Paul He’s the busiest pigeon of them all He flies up high And he flies down low He bobs his head to and fro Front to back Not side to side He walks, he hops, He flies, he glides I have a pal and his name is Paul He’s the fastest pigeon of them all He flies over buses Alongside trains Inside tunnels And up by the planes Through the subway Around City Hall He walks under cars And rests by some walls I have a pal and his name is Paul He’s the hungriest pigeon of them all He pecks on the street In front of the store He pecks at the park On grass seed galore He pecks on the sidewalk Right next to the light He pecks on the path By the sculpture at night I have a pal and his name is Paul He’s the thirstiest pigeon of them all He drinks by the river Close to the bay He sips in the puddles Everyday He drinks from the fountain In the center town And by the museum In the pond way down I have a pal and his name is Paul He’s the sleepiest pigeon of them all He sleeps under bridges And up on a ledge On a flat roof Near a tree by a hedge Up in the buildings In back of my house He sleeps and he sleeps Right next to his spouse

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

This manuscript can help caregivers begin to teach a wide variety of vocabulary within Super Clusters (Copyright © 2013 Robert J. Marzano) including # 4 Physical Location and Orientation; 10 Animals; 15 Parts of Dwellings; 16 Transportation; 20 Water; 22 Eating and Drinking; 28 Movement and Actions; 33 Places, Land, Terrain: 38 Location and Places Where People Love. By giving toddlers the language to describe the environment around them, they can become increasingly more spacially aware and better able to communicate needs. In this story, they learn the opposite directions: high and low; up and down; in and out; near and far; front and back; over and under. They also learn other spacial language about position: around; through; and next to. Spacial awareness skills are the foundation to understanding the relationship to self, other and objects and places. The manuscript also highlights the basic needs for life of food, water and shelter.

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

I have lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia for over 30 years and worked in center city in the 1980's. I have volunteered in schools in west Philadelphia performing in original interactive assemblies for pre-K and elementary age students, featuring themes of caring, respect and peace. I have also helped support the Myers Tots Program at the Francis J Myers Recreation Center through programs, gifts and donations.

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

We all need to physically navigate our environments on a daily basis as and take care of our basic needs. I hope this manuscript helps to teach young children how to explore the world around them through spacial skills. The direct benefit is matching language with place, direction and distance. Growing up at the shore in NJ, the seagulls were an unending source of education and entertainment, as children chase them, watch them swoop down and dashing away quickly. I see the pigeons as the same source of education and entertainment for toddlers in the city. I also believe that the pigeon demonstrates perseverance as he travels the city in search of food, water and shelter.

Location: Country

Wayne, PA USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Wayne

Tell us more about you / your team

I am the Creative Director of Love To Dance! Love To Act! Love To Sing! Studio. I teach singing, acting and dancing to students age two through twelve in my studio and teach music and moment to nearly 200 pre-K and K students at a private school. I create the stories and write scripts for all of my shows, teaching valuable lessons about caring for each other and our environment, respecting each other and our differences, perseverance, cooperation and peace. Many of my performance show the benefits of pooling diverse skill sets, working towards a common goal for the benefit of the community. I feel that it is extremely important to engage children physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally starting at a very young age through the arts. Bringing stories to life through movement, music and the spoken word can make learning fun and memorable for both students and caregivers.

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

The colorful illustrations in this book are inviting and engaging: https://www.amazon.com/Swim-Through-Sea-Kristin-Pratt/dp/1883220041

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/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Thanks to Paul the reader and the Toddler get a unique view of the city.
Cute story.

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