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Leo Moves West

Encouraging children to embrace change and be open to new experiences.

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Leo is a seagull. He lives in South Philadelphia. Leo's best friend is Bo. Bo is a Pigeon. They sing songs heard from people in the Market. They eat loaves of bread. They read signs in the neighborhood. They ride the bus. One day, Leo's parents said, "We are going to move. Our new home will be near the water. We will be with more seagulls". Leo is sad to leave the neighborhood. He does not want to say goodbye to Bo. Who will sing with him? Who will eat with him? Who will read with him? The first day in the new neighborhood, somebody said "hello" to Leo. They sang new songs heard from taxis. They read new signs around the museum. They rode boats instead of the bus. They ate pretzels instead of bread loaves. Leo tells his family, "I like our new neighborhood"! One day, Leo had a surprise. Bo came to visit! Even though they do not live close to each other, Leo and Bo continue to be good friends.

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

An illustrated storybook where a family of seagulls moves from the Italian Market in South Philly to the Schuylkill River by the Art Museum. The theme encourages children to embrace change and be open to new experiences.

Share your suggested book title

Leo Moves West

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).

Leo is a seagull. He lives in South Philadelphia. Leo's best friend is Bo. Bo is a Pigeon. They sing songs heard from people in the Market. They eat loaves of bread. They read signs in the neighborhood. They ride the bus. One day, Leo's parents said, "We are going to move. Our new home will be near the water. We will be with more seagulls". Leo is sad to leave the neighborhood. He does not want to say goodbye to Bo. Who will sing with him? Who will eat with him? Who will read with him? The first day in the new neighborhood, somebody said "hello" to Leo. They sang new songs heard from taxis. They read new signs around the museum. They rode boats instead of the bus. They ate pretzels instead of bread loaves. Leo tells his family, "I like our new neighborhood"! One day, Leo had a surprise. Bo came to visit! Even though they do not live close to each other, Leo and Bo continue to be good friends.

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

This book references many words that encourage language development, such as directions (South), places (Market, Museum), food (bread), nature (water), distances (near, close), action verbs (going, move) and modes of transportation (bus, boat). They will also read all four types of sentences (albeit brief), salutations (hello), and questions (using "who"). Within the illustrations, the reader will have access to see other words (ex. apples) and numbers . Please see attached examples. (Sources: http://soltreemrls3.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/marzanoresearch.com/media/documents/List-of-Tier-1-Basic-Terms.pdf, http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/two/index.html, http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/three/index.html)

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

I lived in Philadelphia while attending Temple University. (Go Owls!)

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

My manuscript is peppered with sights, sounds, and objects of everyday urban living. Taxis. Museums, Buses. Pigeons. Having lived in urban settings the majority of my life, I know the joys one can find in things uniquely available to city dwellers. Small things—like enjoying a (real) Philly pretzel or being a part of the exciting, crowded bustle of a market stroll—these are joys that urbanites can truly relate to. My hope is that the children who read this with their caretakers can feel a connection with the subject matter. I want them to remember times when they visited a market (urban or otherwise), enjoyed the company of friends, tackled emotional challenges, and made acquaintances.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

San Diego

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.workhardstayhumble.org/

Tell us more about you / your team

From picking up my first crayon, it was made clear from childhood that I was meant to be a creative professional. Throughout my development into adulthood, I tried to find where I belonged in regards to the arts and arts education. As the first high school intern in the President's Committee of the Arts & Humanities, I tried working in arts administration. Throughout my 20's, I taught K-5 art summer classes, specifically in Washington, D.C. and NYC. It was through becoming a professional graphic designer that I found my place in the community—not just as a designer, but as a mentor for other creative professionals. My search for where I could provide guidance was complete. The constant moving to try new experiences was the undercurrent of why I wrote this story. Having grown up in urban areas, I know more city-themed stories belong on the shelf. My favorite books growing up were the ones I could relate to. My hope is that children can relate to the feelings (and places) in this story.

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

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 Twitter Feed

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Interesting theme of friendship. Distance does not affect such commitment.
Regards,

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Thank you so much for your feedback, Ashanti Antonio Prescott !

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You are welcome

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