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Not Plain Jane

Follows an African -American young girl (approximately 6) walking along the busy city street to school.

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Not plain Jane

Jane was not so plain

She was full of fun

Hair so curly

Teeth so shiny

And eyes so beautiful and bright

Jane wears bright red trainers

And a big blue back-pack

Listening to music down the street

Passing the many city people

A homeless man by a hot dog stand

A busy bus stop by a charity shop

A dog chasing a garbage truck

The traffic lights changing color

Red, orange, then green GO!

Ding dong goes the bell

Time for school

Off Jane goes

Ready to show the world that

Jane is not so plain

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

Jane is a relatable character for children in urban areas in this era. It follows her simple task of going to school, showing the interesting things she is wearing and seeing.

Share your suggested book title

Not plain Jane

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

The simple sentences and the use of repetition is perfect for a toddler.

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

Yes, the urban setting will be reflected in the illustrations. The book shows a homeless man and street stalls, traffic and city life.

Location: Country


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a student from London with a passion for child development and education

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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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Good effort. The narrative is could use some rhymes and dialogue, this would make it interactive

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