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Sam's world

Sam investigates the world using all five senses and by asking questions surrounded by Philly love

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I open my eyes and what do I see?

I see soft kisses coming toward me.


I wiggle my fingers and what do I see?

Silly little sausages singing whee, whee.


I touch my tiny toes and what do I feel?

Tons of tiny tiptoes dancing like sleek seals.


I touch my tummy and what do you suppose?

It was not with my nose, or my rows of toes. 


I jump down the stoop and what do I do?

I jump up and down, by one and by two.


We wait for the bus and what do I hear?

I hear the hisses and sighs sing in my ear.


We stop in the park and what do I see?

I see little pink flowers and a giant Ginko tree.


We have a small snack and what do I taste?

I taste green apples that I do not waste.


We have a cold drink and what do I smell?

Milk, white and fresh to keep me strong and well.


I hear some music and what do I do?

I dance, and spin as I am free, so free.


I lift up my arms and what do I find?

I find the hugs that keep me warm and kind.


I lie on my bed and what do I do?

I snuggle with my toys and little bear too.


I close my tired eyes and what do I see?

I see Philly dreams of what I can be.

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

I use a somatic approach that includes learning about the five senses while answering questions. This builds on the neuroscience studies that small children are constantly testing hypotheses about the world around them and a caregivers role is to help them understand and discover through play.

Share your suggested book title

Sam's World

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).

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). I open my eyes and what do I see? I see soft kisses coming toward me. I wiggle my fingers and what do I see? Silly little sausages singing whee, whee. I touch my tiny toes and what do I feel? Tons of tiny tiptoes dancing like sleek seals. I touch my tummy and what do you suppose? It was not with my nose, or my rows of toes. I jump down the stoop and what do I do? I jump up and down, by one and by two. We wait for the bus and what do I hear? I hear the hisses and sighs sing in my ear. We stop in the park and what do I see? I see little pink flowers and a giant Ginko tree. We have a small snack and what do I taste? I taste green apples that I do not waste. We have a cold drink and what do I smell? Milk, white and fresh to keep me strong and well. I hear some music and what do I do? I dance, and spin as I am free, so free. I lift up my arms and what do I find? I find the hugs that keep me warm and kind. I lie on my bed and what do I do? I snuggle with my toys and little bear too. I close my tired eyes and what do I see? I see Philly dreams of what I can be.

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

The story uses a question an answer format that builds on the neuroscience research, that children are constantly testing hypotheses about their world. It also introduces the concept of different senses using everyday experiences to illustrate those sense responses. As a caregiver it is possible to introduce other responses such as asking the question at dinner or in the park. The familiar structure from the story time can be used in other situations. This provides repetition and structure to understand our world. It also gives the action to the child and empowers them.

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

I have done some online research to familiarize myself with Philadelphia, the city, it's familiar stories and its population statistics.

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

Living in an urban environment is about home, the architecture (stoops), busy roads, public transport and parks. Readers and caregivers will be able to use the q&a format as they navigate the world around them and help young children explore beyond their physical self.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Illinois

Location: City

Chicago

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a novice writer who was inspired by the challenge, and the other writers stories. It means that I have learned by reading other participants contributions!

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Wishing you luck. I love soft sweet kisses.

Photo of Siobhan James
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Thank you, I love soft kisses too!

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