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OUT IN THE PARK

It's a fun and interactive story that will help foster relationships.

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OUT IN THE PARK

Joe is happy. He is going to the park with his grandfather.

Joe takes his teddy bear. Grandfather takes his stick.

Tippity   Tappity Toe

  Off to the park we go,” sings Joe.

The park is big. Joe and Grandfather walk to the pond.

“Look at the ducks in the water,” Grandfather tells Joe.

“Listen to the ducks in the water,” Joe tells Teddy.

 Quack     Quack      Quack


“Look at the frog in the grass,” Grandfather tells Joe.

“Listen to the frog in the grass,” Joe tells Teddy.

 Croak    Croak        Croak


“Look at the bees on the flowers,” Grandfather tells Joe.

“Listen to the bees on the flowers,” Joe tells Teddy.

  Buzz     Buzz      Buzz


“Look at the birds on the tree,” Grandfather tells Joe.

“Listen to the birds on the tree,” Joe tells Teddy.

  Chirp     Chirp     Chirp


“Look at the dog on the leash,” Grandfather tells Joe

“Listen to the dog on the leash,” Joe tells Teddy.

 Woof     Woof      Woof


“Look at the cat in the bush,” Grandfather tells Joe

“Listen to the cat in the bush,” Joe tells Teddy.

Meow    Meow     Meow


“Look at the baby in the pram,” Grandfather tells Joe.

“Listen to the baby in the pram,” Joe tells Teddy.

Waah   Waah    Waah


“Look at the leaves on the ground,” Grandfather tells Joe

“Listen to the leaves on the ground,” Joe tells Teddy.

Swish     Swish     Swish


Look at Joe on the swings!

Listen to Joe on the swings!

Ha   Ha  Ha   Hee  Hee  Hee

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

An interactive book that will nurture the bond between the caregiver and reader, and help the reader become more aware of his/her surroundings.

Share your suggested book title

OUT IN THE PARK

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).

Joe is happy. He is going to the park with his grandfather. Joe takes his teddy bear. Grandfather takes his stick. “Tippity Tappity Toe Off to the park we go,” sings Joe. The park is big. Joe and Grandfather walk to the pond. “Look at the ducks in the water,” Grandfather tells Joe. “Listen to the ducks in the water,” Joe tells Teddy. Quack Quack Quack “Look at the frog in the grass,” Grandfather tells Joe. “Listen to the frog in the grass,” Joe tells Teddy. Croak Croak Croak “Look at the bees on the flowers,” Grandfather tells Joe. “Listen to the bees on the flowers,” Joe tells Teddy. Buzz Buzz Buzz “Look at the birds on the tree,” Grandfather tells Joe. “Listen to the birds on the tree,” Joe tells Teddy. Chirp Chirp Chirp “Look at the dog on the leash,” Grandfather tells Joe “Listen to the dog on the leash,” Joe tells Teddy. Woof Woof Woof “Look at the cat in the bush,” Grandfather tells Joe “Listen to the cat in the bush,” Joe tells Teddy. Meow Meow Meow “Look at the baby in the pram,” Grandfather tells Joe. “Listen to the baby in the pram,” Joe tells Teddy. Waah Waah Waah “Look at the leaves on the ground,” Grandfather tells Joe “Listen to the leaves on the ground,” Joe tells Teddy. Swish Swish Swish Look at Joe on the swings! Listen to Joe on the swings! Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee

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

The story is set in a park so the child will be able to identify with the surroundings, the sights and sounds of a park. The text is simple and will help form the base for future conversations. It’s repetitive which will enable and enhance learning. The caregiver can make the different sounds in the book such as Woof Woof, Meow Meow and encourage the child to join in. As the child will imitate the sounds, his/her speech will become clearer. It can be a fun participatory experience for both. On a visit to the park, the sounds can be repeated, which will be an extended experience for the child, and he/she would want to go back to the same story again and again.

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

I have heard and read about Philadelphia but have never visited the city.

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

The story is set in a neighbourhood park which is a key urban public space. A child learns to speak because he/ she can hear different sounds. The story will help the child identify simple everyday sounds. The repetitive text will reinforce learning. The child will develop phonemic awareness. His/Her listening and observation skills will improve. It’s a fun story with some nonsense words like ‘ha ha, hee hee,’ etc which the child will hopefully enjoy. It will help strengthen the bond between the grandchild and grandparent (they are the protagonists) on one hand and caregiver and reader on the other.

Location: Country

India

Location: State or Department

Delhi

Location: City

Delhi

Tell us more about you / your team

I write for children, am a storyteller, and have raised three children. I started reading to my children when they were babies. Stories were a bed time ritual, and sometimes I would concoct one. To my surprise, I found a receptive audience.I penned some of them down, and to my greater surprise, some even got published. I believe reading to the child is very important not just for language development and early literacy but also because it helps to create a bond with the child – a bond of love and trust. (And as in my case, revisit one’s own childhood and feel happy and content). Stories also help to convey concepts and values that may seem didactic otherwise.

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

A Friend Called Buddy, Deepali's Birthday Present, Tales of Wisdom from India, Enchanting Fairy Tales,

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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Divya, I love how you have brought together, family, a child's stuffed animal, nature, a city park, many sounds in a relaxing setting with 250 words or less! Well done! Best wishes to you today!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Buis
Author of Buddy Goes To Clark Park
( Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Buddy our Labrador Retriever mix rescue dog.)

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