*Note: I've finally cut it down to 250 words (from 378)! Most of the action/dialogue will need to be communicated through word/image interaction
There was once a toy Panda who slept on a shelf… until the night a Star arrived!
"Hi!", says Panda, blinking sleepy eyes.
"Follow me", says Star, twinkling bright
“To storyland! Come, let’s fly!”
So off they flew past blue sparkling seas,
over purple mountains, a rainbow, and into green leafy trees,
with branches full of…
“Books! Full of stories, old and new!”
“And here, a special one, just for you!”
“Who is that?” Panda points
at the girl on the page,
“Lili”, replies Star, “Now look - ”
“Lili and Mama fly to a faraway place,
to a brand-new city where Baba waits,
They ride a big plane over white fluffy clouds,
Then an orange bus past a cracked Liberty bell,
“Your new school!” Baba says and he points
to a brick red building with lemon yellow stairs
Lili feels nervous... and a little bit scared.
That night Lili draws herself all ready for school
“I wish”, she says “I had a friend who could come too!”
“…if I did, she’d look something like this:
black fuzzy ears… and black fuzzy feet
Panda sees Lili being tucked into bed...
“What now?" Panda asks, "did the story end?”
“Now”, says Star, “you go find your friend!”
A door appears in a blink of an eye,
Panda crawls through and to her surprise
there sleeps Lili snuggled up tight!
Panda yawns as she snuggles close,
Tomorrow’s a big day – the first day of school!
Manuscript is 97% TIER 1 WORDS with the following (8) exceptions:
Panda (character name)
Lili (character name)
Storyland (fictional place)
Baba (Chinese word for Papa/Father)