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Oh, No, Nana!

Someone's left the door open and the kitty and the puppy and the baby have gotten out!

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Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the kitty got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the kitty back!

Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the puppy got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the puppy back!

Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the baby got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the baby back!

The kitty's up the pine tree.

The puppy's in the pond.

The baby's in the stroller.

Bring them all home!

One, two, three, four...And don't forget to shut the door!

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

It's lively, fun and interactive. It also promotes vigilance when caring for young things.

Share your suggested book title

On, No, Nana!

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).

Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the kitty got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the kitty back! Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the puppy got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the puppy back! Oh, no, Nana! The door's wide open and the baby got out. Come, Nana! Run, Nana! Bring the baby back! The kitty's up the pine tree. The puppy's in the pond. The baby's in the stroller. Bring them all home! One, two, three, four...And don't forget to shut the door!

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

I draw on my 30 years of experience working with young children and early childhood professionals to produce this manuscript. I've learned that children ages 0 - 3 learn best when they are having fun, when they are moving, when they sense some degree of danger or impropriety and when they can catch on to the narrative quickly. I use repetition and rhyme and humor to convey a story that asks a universally known family member, grandmother, to save the day.

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

I have worked in Philadelphia early childhood programs for 30 years. I am a big fan of Philadelphia, its neighborhoods, its diversity and its history.

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

The themes I present in Oh, No, Nana! are found in urban, rural and suburban environments: family; home; domestic animals; babies; the outdoors; the anxiety of allowing something tender to escape your care. The language and vocabulary are simple. The narrative is repetitive. It is easy to pick up the rhyme and join the chorus. The illustrations can be easily rendered to represent an urban environment. Philadelphia has many pine trees and several ponds (FDR Park; Fairmount Park; Pastorious Park; the Horticultural Center; etc.).

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Philadelphia

Website URL (optional question)

The website for our publishing company is www.morningcirclemedia.com.

Tell us more about you / your team

My professional life has been devoted to improving the quality of early childhood education in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. I have focused much of my time helping immigrants open early learning programs in their neighborhoods, teaching non-English-speaking providers about early literacy and cross-cultural understanding, and producing programming about early childhood education for museums and for public television. Books are one of my favorite ways to communicate with children. I believe in the power of reading together, having dialogue and sharing the experiences that make us human.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Slide!/¡Deslízate!, The Gingerbread Gift/El Regalo del Hombre de Jengibre, Lucha and Lola, Narciso Amarillo, Wake Up, Little Island!/¡Despiértate, Isla Pequeña!, Catrina!, The Whispering Benches/Ban K'ap Chuichui yo, Baker Bear Bakes a Cake/El Oso Panadero Hace Un Pastel, Let's Cook For Ramadan!

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 Dawnnbooks .
Team

Dramatic!!!
the kitty and the puppy and the baby are all swift and an eye must be kept on them.
I was wondering if it was more natural for baby to be out of the stroller.

Photo of Cynthia Kreilick
Team

Hi! Thanks for your comment. The baby is very precocious and has crawled into the stroller. They want to go for a ride.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

Ahhhh so the pictures will show that. I got it.

Photo of Cynthia Kreilick
Team

Right!