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Our Race Makes Us Special.

This Manuscript is interactive with song, and helps children 0-3 years accept each other even though they are of a different race.

Photo of Perlina Murray

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A is for Apple. (Illustration)

B is for bat. (Illustration)

C is for cat. (Illustration)

D is for dog. (Illustration)

“Aunty Lisa,”

“Yes Linda.”

“Can I colour the pictures?”

‘Sure you can, Linda.”

“Aunty Lisa,”

"Yes Pinda.”

“Can I colour the pictures too?”

“No you can’t. You not from here."

“Pinda, you sure can;

And Linda, that was not nice.

Sing, The Culture Song."

I am short,

You are tall.

I am small,

And you are big;

But we are all special, special, special

Very special.

You are black.

And I am white.

We have to all love each other the same-ame-ame.

We learn the same-ame- ame things at school.

Now, let us say our shapes together:

Square (Illustration)

Triangle (Illustration)

Circle (Illustration)

Rectangle (Illustration)

Star (Illustration)

“Wasn’t that fun?;"

"Yes Miss, it was."

Now take your green play- dough and make a Square.(Illustration)

Then take your Blue play-dough and make a Rectangle,(Illustration)

With your yellow play-dough I want a Triangle,(Illustration)

With the black play-dough I want a Star.(Illustration)

 Use your red play-dough to make a Circle.”(Illustration)

Now everyone turn to each other,

And repeat after me.

"I am Special, and so are you."

"I am special and so are you."

Now it is time for our break.

“Would anyone like to share these grapes?

I have a lovely bunch.”

“May I have some please, Sharla.”

“Here you go, Starla.”

"Thank you, Sharla.”

“You are welcomed, enjoy.

We share because we care.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

This manuscript teaches tolerance and togetherness, even with the differences of race. The children along with the caregiver is taught that we are all special in an interactive way, with our different races and must treat each other with love.

Share your suggested book title

Our Race Makes Us Special.

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).

A is for Apple. (Illustration) B is for bat. (Illustration) C is for cat. (Illustration) D is for dog. (Illustration) “Aunty Lisa,” “Yes Linda.” “Can I colour the pictures?" ‘Sure you can Linda.” “Aunty Lisa,” "Yes Pinda.” “Can I colour the pictures too?” “No you can’t. You not from here." “Pinda, you sure can; And Linda, that was not nice. Sing, The Culture Song," I am short, You are tall. I am small; And you are big. But we are all special, special. I am black, Or I am white We have to all love each other the same. We learn the same things at school too-ou-ou. Now let us say our shapes together: Square (Illustration) Triangle (Illustration) Circle (Illustration) Rectangle (Illustration) Star (Illustration) “Now wasn’t that fun?" "Yes Miss, it was." Now take your green play- dough and make a Square. (Illustration) Then take your Blue play-dough and make a Rectangle, (Illustration) With your yellow play-dough I want a Triangle, (Illustration) With the black play-dough I want a Star.(Illustration) Use your red play-dough to make a Circle.” (Illustration) Now everyone, turn to each other and repeat after me. "I am soecial, and so are you." "Iam special, and so are you." Now it is time for our break. “Would anyone like to share these grapes? I have a lovely bunch.” “May I have some please, Sharla.” “Here you go, Starla” Thank you, Sharla” “You are welcomed, enjoy." We share because we care.”

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

What do Babies think, The Beginning of Life and UNICEF Early ChildHood Development, from the resouce list, was used as a medium to give me insight on the writing of this manuscript. Therefore, caregivers are well supported for language development with toddlers and infants. This manuscritp has been informed by the Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Development Department in Saint Lucia and Early Childhood Educators her in Saint Lucia. Tier 1 vocabulary has been the format used for language development helping caregivers with language development and most importantly it is interactive and so the caregiver is able to identify the child's strengths and weaknesses as they develope speech and other developmental areas at this stage of their lives.

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

I have visited the city of Brotherly love and had a wonderful experience. The residents are hospitable.

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

An urban setting has been used for writing of this manuscript. You find pre-schools in urban settings and people of different races and they mingle together and at times the interaction is not nice. Also the child will benifit from the lessons in this manuscript that teaches about tolerance and acceptance as he/she develops , knowing that we are all special even if we are of different races and the stigma of bullying and intolerance will be irradicated from their minds and there will be respect for each other even with differences in race. The manuscript will also include play-dough and crayons so the child can use to work together with the caregiver. It is also a message for the caregiver.

Location: Country

ST. Lucia

Location: State or Department

Grande Riviere, Gros Islet

Location: City

Castries

Website URL (optional question)

http://sbpra.com/PerlinaMurray

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a Saint Lucian published Aithor. I love writing and reading. I love working with young persons and I am the president of the Saint Lucia Writers Forum. My driving force reads: My dreans are bigger than myself and I am not for sale.

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

Illustrations with this effect is what I am looking at.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Stella's Back in Town, As if on Wings.

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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Perlina, I so enjoy all of your upbeat ideas. I like the way the conflict is solved in this story.

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Thank you very much. I hope the kids like it.

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Hi! I hope that you are taking this time to do some give some good advice to writers so their work could be better. A few more days for the shortlist announcement!

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Thanks, Perlina. I have made a few more suggestions. I will miss this community - such a unique idea.

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Team

Thank you Virginia. Yes such a great unique idea.

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