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Sasha, O'Dell & Their Beach-Trash Friends

Following are the words to a Magical Children's Adventure Story in bold with proposed panels for the illustrator in normal text.

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

Our Vision is for Adults to read this to children and have them point and want to know more about what is going on in the story. Also in hopes that adults will add there adventures to the story, sharing our stories with children "of treasure we have found" or "places we have visited or trips we have taken" add connections through reading and story telling.

Share your suggested book title

Wa Wa La La water & Land, AHA!

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).

Sasha, O’Dell, and Their Beach-Trash Friends 1. Mamawahlah, Shamawahlah, whale tails and snickety snails, City to sea, just you and me. Pack plenty of tacos, a fresh peach each. (Sasha and O’Dell stand at a kitchen table packing lunch in a shoebox. A scene of high-rise row houses and city traffic is visible out of the window) 2. Sasha Rabbit and O’Dell Rat, two Philly Shoesers, hop on the bus. Off we go, Cape May today. Sun, sand, a hot red nose and ice cold toes. (Rabbit and Rat on the bus. Philadelphia icons (Liberty Bell) line the street. Bus-stop sign and/or Philly/Cape May sign on the bus) 3. Roar go the waves, crash and thunder. Skip in the surf, slosh in the sea. Water’s a wonder, awash and a-rumble, a jumble of fun if you please. ( Sasha and O’Dell stand on the edge of an expansive view of the beach and ocean. Whale’s tail, boat sail, beach-goers...Itemize a few bits of trash. Two Beach- Trash creatures in the surf (BB and Mama G)) 4. “Look,” bellows BB and Mama G. “Loggerhead Louie’s come home from the far south sea.” ( The two Beach-Trash creatures point out a turtle in the water to Sasha and O’Dell) 5. OH NO! The turtle tumbles ashore in a jangle-tangle of polypropylene rope and party balloons. BB and Mama G tug. The lines are too tight. They work in a hurry they work in a fright. (Turtle tumbling in surf, tangled in sea-junk. BB and Mama G are tugging on ropes. Itemize a few bits of trash (balloons, net, soda bottle...)) 6. Sasha and O’Dell hasten to help. They gnaw the nets. Bite the line. (Close-up scene of Rabbit and Rat biting the ropes that hold Loggerhead Louie with their big orange teeth) 2 7. Loggerhead Louie paddles free. He calls from the crest of a wave, “Gracias, mis amigos.” (Loggerhead Louie waves from the crest of a curling wave) 8. Sasha gathers a torn green sack and two rubber bands. She makes a horse that calls her name, “Sashahaaha Sashahaaha.”

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

we have down research on the internet, using several of the sources you shared. We have taken it to pre-school teachers to gather how they felt was its readability. We have tested it on our own grandchildren. Chuck has master in social work and has worked many years with individuals with disabilities, giving him experience communicating with varying levels of abilities to communicate. AS part of an ongoing writing group we shared the story along with the tier I II level of words, using the feedback to improve the story. As caregivers our selves we asked the question would we want to read this and would be enjoy reading it multiple times, our answer was yes!

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

We have a friend who has lived in Philly and shared with us the story of the Shoebies, which we looked up to verify and found very interesting because our story is about taking trash and making it into treasure and using a shoe box as a lunch box is to reuse , recycle and reduce which fits with our philosophy, thank you Micheal Brown for telling us the story

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

our lead characters come from an urban area and are getting a chance to visit the ocean. What we hope to create is that every straw you use does not go away it goes to the sea and want to connect the children to nature which is all around , from the crack in the sidewalk growing the dandelion to the ocean covering 70% of the planet, by the sea junk puppets showing up in the city shop windows made from trash we throw away everyday we hope to make the connection that it is a small world and we all need to help each other, the turtle from the balloons to the characters making ponies / birds from trash , and playing , creating, singing with their creations, making clean up creative.

Location: Country

Lubec, Maine USA the eastern most point in the USA , we live on the sea shore

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

we value nature and people. we work at creating magical creatures from sea trash with children in workshops held in schools , museums and our workshop. We love beach combing and paddling collecting trash and treasures , displaying them in ways that folks say WOW and start talking about the future and clean up, very engaging conversations, which move us toward new ideas and strategies , possibilities of how to create a world with less trash and more encounters with nature. We are connected to Philadelphia by air, currents, water, sea currents, land. We are all children of earth and we want to embrace this concept in our story .

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

we now have an amazing illustrator on board , so will be sharing sketches early next week, Sherry Ashby is a local artist with illustration work already under her belt and she has agreed to take on this project very excited to think we will be sharing this creative en-devour with her.

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

  • Yes

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

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Dear Team Member...
It's only hours now until the close of submissions.
Still time for the last minute polish.
There are some really strong stories among the almost 400 entrees.
Good luck to us all.

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