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On My Way to Franklin Square

A sequence of mundane events witnessed by a child on her/his way to the park.

Photo of Cat Macorol

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On My Way to Franklin Square


On my way to Franklin Square… 

I saw a fox with red hair,

sitting next to a rat, 

gnawing on a large yellow hat, 

where the little blue bird sat,

which caught the eye of the big white cat,

who was startled by a gnat,

when it swiftly flew in his eye,

to escape from the blue dragonfly, 

before it was snatched by a green frog,

dozing on a bare log,

where the grey turtle took a seat,

after crossing the busy street,  

filled with cars of all sizes

and a crowd from different places, 

all waiting for the green light 

while my best friend held my hand tight,

as we walked to the park,

after we bought ice cream 

from a man with a pink cart.


The city was very busy,

there were many things to see

but my granny had eyes only for me .

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

To introduce colors to children 0-3 years of age through animals and fun rhymes using tier 1 and tier 2 vocabularies while exploring unexplored spaces in the city.

Share your suggested book title

On My Way to Franklin Square

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).

On my way to Franklin Square… I saw a fox with red hair, sitting next to a rat gnawing on a large yellow hat, where the little blue bird sat, which caught the eye of the big white cat, who was startled by a gnat, when it swiftly flew in his eye, to escape from the blue dragonfly before it was snatched by a green frog, dozing on a bare log, where the grey turtle took a seat, after crossing the busy street, filled with cars of all sizes, and a crowd from different places, all waiting for the green light, while my best friend held my hand tight, as we walked to the park, after we bought an ice cream from a man with a pink cart. The city was very busy, there were many things to see but my granny had eyes only for me.

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

It's a book that encourages imagination using animals, fun rhymes and the element of a surprise to introduce basic colors to children ages 0-3 based on tier 1 and tier 2 vocabularies while showing the importance of having a strong role model in order for the child to thrive. The book will also include other fun/silly images on the background with no colors except for the objects or animals that relates to the color on the page. And caregivers could ask the child/children what else in the book have that particular color. I think this added element would be fun for both the caregivers and kids.

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

I've been to Philadephia twice. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the city. I've also visited a couple of museums but I would like to go back and discover other places and try new food.

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

I crafted the story based on my experience with my 2-year-old nephew who always notices everything down to the most minute things during our stroll. My experience with him taught me to pay more attention to my surroundings and regardless of how hectic my day is. I hope this book encourages kids to explore more and for the caretaker to explore the world with them.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

VA

Location: City

Alexandria

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.instagram.com/smalldosesofwonder

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an educator and artist. I've been a teacher for over three years. I worked mostly with 0-1-year-olds. Spending time with them every day taught me a great deal on how brilliant children are. But they need someone who believes in them, whom they can trust and acknowledge their needs. I hope to create something that both a child and their caretaker would enjoy and give them many opportunities to bond.

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

The background will be mostly black and white using simple illustrations but there are going to be elements of color on each page. It's similar to "Where is Waldo" except it's going to be colored objects or animals. The caregiver could ask the child what else on the page has that color. This would be great way for them to interact and have conversation. The end of the book will have many colors including the colors featured in the book.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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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Hi Perlina,
Happy Monday! Thank you so much for the input and suggestions. I don't know if I'll be given another chance to edit my work but I feel privileged to receive feedback from an award-winning writer. You're amazing. Thank you!

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