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Rainy Day Sun

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Drip went the rain, like tears. Xavier was sad too.

Xavier was at Nana’s house, but he could not go out play on her pretty white steps.

Usually PopPop was at work. Today he was home and sad too.

PopPop said, "Let's not be sad. Let's be happy."

We can make a happy day. PopPop started humming a happy little song.


Smile and make yourself happy.

Even when you are feeling blue

Smile and soon you’ll be happy

Tootle tootle tootle tootle do


PopPop got an old shoe box, flour, water, a spoon and a bowl.

He told Xavier to get some magazines, crayons and his safety scissors.

PopPop made paste with the flour and water.

Xavier cut out a sun.


Soon they were both cutting and pasting.  

They began singing PopPop's Happy Song.


Smile and make yourself happy.

Smile when you are feeling blue.

Smile and soon you’ll be happy.

Tootle tootle tootle tootle do.


The sun came out.

Xavier could go outside

He was too busy playing and singing with PopPop to notice the sun.


Smile and make yourself happy.

Smile when you are feeling blue.

Smile and soon you’ll be happy.

Tootle tootle tootle tootle do.

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

Xavier is sad that the rain is keeping him inside, but PopPop sings a song that washes his sadness away. They made paste in the bowl, cut pictures out of the magazines with the safety scissors and pasted them outside of the box to make a happy box.

Share your suggested book title

Rainy Day Sun

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).

Drip went the rain, like tears. Xavier was sad too. Xavier was at Nana’s house, but he could not go out play on her pretty white steps. Usually PopPop was at work. Today he was home and sad too. PopPop said, "Let's not be sad. Let's be happy." We can make a happy day. PopPop started humming a happy little song. Smile and make yourself happy. Even when you are feeling blue Smile and soon you’ll be happy Tootle tootle tootle tootle do PopPop got an old shoe box, flour, water, a spoon and a bowl. He told Xavier to get some magazines, crayons and his safety scissors. PopPop made paste with the flour and water. Xavier cut out a sun. Soon they were both cutting and pasting. They began singing PopPop's Happy Song. Smile and make yourself happy. Smile when you are feeling blue. Smile and soon you’ll be happy. Tootle tootle tootle tootle do. The sun came out. Xavier could go outside He was too busy playing and singing with PopPop to notice the sun. Smile and make yourself happy. Smile when you are feeling blue. Smile and soon you’ll be happy. Tootle tootle tootle tootle do.

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

The song included in this manuscript allows children the chance to develop rhyming skills. This manuscript also provides caregivers a way to support language development with the same rhyming skills and singing.

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

Living so close by Philadelphia in Baltimore, I have been to Philadelphia numerous times on a regular basis.

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

More and more, in Baltimore with it's high incarceration rates, more grandparents and other caregivers are raising and caring for small children. In this manuscript, a young black boy is left with his grandfather to care for him for the day in Baltimore's inner city. The young boy is hoping to go out to play on his grandmother's iconic white marble steps of her rowhome. When he realizes it is raining, he gets sad until his grandfather finds something for the two of them to do. Th grandfather teaches him a song and diverts his focus and makes an activity for them to do.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Maryland

Location: City

Baltimore

Tell us more about you / your team

Our book was written by 8 women of the Butler Family, ranging in age from 10 to 72.

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

PopPop and Xavier are both African American males. PopPop is in his 70s and Xavier is about 5 years old

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

  • No

If yes, please list titles and publications.

N/A

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)

  • We are family members who decided to try to write a children's book together.

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Me too, Apral. I love your story to make child in feelings happy on a gloomy day.
since 0-3 children need to be nurtured by positive emotions

Thank you for sharing.

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