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LITTLE ONE, BIG DAY

When a little child rocks and rolls and bumps and strolls through the busy, bustling city, small encounters make a big difference.

Photo of Melissa Rutigliano

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FULL DESCRIPTION:

A young child (preferably visually gender neutral) takes us on a journey of their day living in the city. Together, we rise to experience all the sights, sounds, smells, scenes, and stimuli the city has to offer, from morning ‘til night. 

From start to end, we meet strangers and friends. Sun and steaks sizzle. Ballers and mouths dribble. We giggle and wiggle, create and scribble. We all play a game, different but same. We visit Rocky, the Bell, we taste and we smell. 

A day in the big city encompasses many emotions, new concepts, varying abilities, diversity, ups, downs, smiles and frowns. As we rock and roll and bump and stroll, wheeling through the bustling community in a stroller, we experience small encounters that make a big impact.  


MANUSCRIPT:  *Please also see the PP attachment below, which lays the text out in proper picture book spread format. This will provide a better visual.

LITTLE ONE, BIG DAY

By Melissa Rutigliano

[Illustration Note: 

Throughout the story, the art provides a second visual narrative. It will encompass the daily diverse encounters and stimuli entailed in a day in the life of a child as they experience all the sights, sounds, people and emotions of the city and community.]


Rise

            Shine

Yours

            Mine

Clean

            Mess

Wash

            Dress

Taste

            Swallow

Lead

            Follow

Street

            Stroll

Rock

            Roll

Stop

            Go

Fast

            Slow

Big

            Small

Short

            Tall

Stand

            Fall

Yell

            Call

Quiet

            Loud

Shy

            Crowd

Many

            Few

Hooooonk!

            Choo Chooooo!

Double

            Decker

Chess

            Checker

Swing

            Slide

Climb

            Ride

Pass

           Shoot

Cheer

            Root

Giggle

            Wiggle

Create

            Scribble

Cook

            Sizzle

Dribble

            Drizzle

Blow

            Bubble

Splash

            Puddle

Shadow

            Bold

Young

            Old

Start

            End

Stranger

            Friend

Play

            Game

Different

            Same

Skip

            Hop

Flip

            Flop

Red

            Green

Kind

            Mean

Meet

            Measure

Trash

            Treasure

Here

            There

Share

            Care

Cage

            Free

Let

            Be

Give

            Take

Work

            Break

Buy

            Sell

Ring

            Bell

Slim

            Stocky

Step

            Rocky

Laugh

            Cry

Crawl

            Fly

Shake

            Jump

Smooth

            Bump

Near

            Far

Dark

            Star

Heard

            Told

Hug

            Hold

Dim

            Bright

Dream

            Night

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

To encourage interaction between caregiver and child as they engage in the experiences of daily city life. The rhythmic rhymes make the word introductions fun while the art compliments the text and opens up a world of diverse stimuli. The text supplies movement while the words and art provide new and recognized experiences to both the child and the adult. When the reader goes out into the community, they will recognize things from the book, and vice versa, promoting interaction and learning.

Share your suggested book title

LITTLE ONE, BIG DAY

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

This is a rhyming manuscript that takes sparse, simple Tier 1 vocabulary words to tell a complex story through the visually stimulating art. The rhythm and movement make it an easy and enjoyable read, while the illustrations open up the world of the big city. This allows the reader to experience city life right through the pages, and also gives the child and caregiver the opportunity to reference back to the pages as they are physically out and about in the city. It will make both the book and the city outside a desirable place to return to. I have referenced videos and articles from the resource list provided, adhering to the proper reading level and vocabulary. I am familiar with the city of Philly from personal experience and have incorporated it's history and features into the text to encourage caregivers' interaction both physically and intellectually. I am a member of SCBWI with Communications, Speech, and Writing degrees and have written multiple picture book manuscripts.

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

Living in New Jersey and working in New York City, I have frequented Philadelphia many times and have close friends who reside there. The photography I have also attached was taken by my best fiend and graphic designer and artist on a trip to Philly, where she fell in love with this beauty and was able to capture art living on the streets.

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

The story involves a diverse community through both the sparse, simplistic text as well as the illustrations. The words used center around an urban environment and it's people. I have also made specific references to features of Philadelphia that this particular community will recognize, and that are likely part of it's every day life. For example, I have included references to sidewalk street games and sizzling cheese steaks, horns hocking and trains chugging, playing in the park, The Rocky steps and statue, The Liberty Bell, as well as diverse people of different ethnicities, ages, and beliefs.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

NJ & NY

Location: City

Tinton Falls & NYC

Website URL (optional question)

MemphisTheDog.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a member of SCBWI with an English degree in Communications, Speech and Creative Writing. I have written a number of picture book manuscripts and participated in various classes and forums relative to the craft of children's literature. I frequent public children's events and classrooms as the lead speaker and presenter with my dog who walks with wheels, and together we encourage kindness and empathy and promote differences and diversity.

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

The attached illustration (and illustrative vision for the story) is to depict characters with varying ethnicities integrated with the city/urban backdrop within each spread; almost treating each 2-page spread as a “story within a story” tying everything together with a similar color scheme.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Pets In The City Magazine, March 2019

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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Hi Melissa, wow, your style of just the right words, rhymes, for this age, are perfect. I love the way you did this and wish you luck as we move along on this Challenge. Sheila Lewis ("Bearfulness")

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