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SENSE in the City - Philadelphia

My idea is to create a series of books that highlight a different urban city in each one.

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You have five SENSES that love to play.

Let’s take them out in the city today.


Come on, TOUCH

Where can we go?

Press this button,

Then you’ll know.

(B & W image of Philadelphia crosswalk. Cross-to-walk button in color. If possible, button is squishy.)


Pass, pass, dribble, score.

Your hands can TOUCH,

And do so much more.

Palumbo Court is full today,

Quick hands touching the ball to play.

(B&W image of youth playing basketball at Palumbo Park. If possible, basketball in color & on a string, so can insert it in the hoop.)


My hands FEEL wet,

Splashing water around.

Let’s splish-splash more,

Let’s splatter the ground.

At Swann Fountain getting wet is cool.

My cool mom takes me here, instead of the pool.

(B&W image of youth splashing in Swann Fountain. Fountain water in color & texture.)


Soft, like a baby, lambie wool.

At the Phillly Zoo we touch and pat,

But no pull.

Heavy horse hair, feathery feathers,

My hands FEEL so many textures of pleasure.

(B&W image of the Philadelphia Petting Zoo. Animals in color and texture). 


Now that we know what TOUCH can do.

Let’s meet up with SMELL

To sniff a thing or two.


Hello, SMELL.

Where are we off to today?

Our nose is waiting to whiff, okay?


Sniff, sniff,

What’s that delicious SMELL?

It’s Gino’s cheesesteak wit whiz, done well.

(B&W image of families outside of Gino's. Scratch & sniff cheesesteak image on sign in color.)


My nose is happy once again.

I SMELL cheese a-bubblin’

Pizza from Lorenzo’s, my friend.

(B&W image of families outside of Lorenzo's. Scratch & sniff pizza in an open  box in color.)


One more SMELL stop,

Please, oh, please.

To Longwood Gardens,

For sweet roses, fragrant, oh jeez.

(B&W image of families in Longwood Gardens. Scratch & sniff rose bushes in color.)


Bub-bye SMELL,

We’ll check you later.

HEAR is here,

So listen up, gator.


My ears are ready to take me places.

Big ones, small ones,

Full-of-wax ones.

Let’s go, let’s find these listening spaces.


Crack, crack, oooooooooooh, woohoo.

That’s a hard ball, baseball sound I knew.

That ball went right out of the park

That’s a Phillies homerun – POW

In the dark.

(B&W image of stadium. Players in color. Sound button with cheers.)

 

My ears now HEAR something exquisite and grand.

Why, the Philadelphia Orchestra is playing

A phenomenal band.

Violins meld with trumpets sounds

Maestros producing symphonies all around.

(B&W image of orchestra on stage. Maestro in color. Sound button with music.) 


Beep, beep, it’s a chorus of honking horns.

Taxis, ubers, cars and more.

That tune of honk playing in my ears.

How many sounding horns, I hear.

(B&W image of city traffic. Taxi in color. Sound button with honking.)

My ears now need a nap, a rest.

Adios, my wonderful sense of sound.

My tastebuds are waiting to be found.


TASTE is here.

No fear, lick, lick.

My mouth is waiting for a delectable trick.

Come on, tongue.

Let’s go, lips.

Open wide, mouth,  

So much sweetness to sip.


Swiss rolls, sweet rolls, honey buns.

These Tastykakes are number one.

Donuts, danishes, pies galore.

Yummy in my tummy.

Can I have one, two…or four?

(B&W image of youth looking at Tastykake display in a corner store. Treats in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)

My mouth next walks me to the corner

To a silver cart with an umbrella on her.

A chart with flavors

So many to try.

Lemon, mango, blueberry, oh my.

This water ice is magic in my mouth

It’s so refreshing

AAAAAAAAAAHHH, I let out.

(B&W image of a family at a water ice cart. Water ice in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)


TASTE has one more flavor to try.

I lick my lips for two squishy pretzels up high.

Crisp, crunch outside,

Chewy dough in.

Big chunks of salt,

And mustard, for the win.

(B&W image of family getting soft pretzels on a city corner. Pretzels in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)

Now that our jelly bellies are full.

We’ll wave to TASTE,

And shake hands with SEE.

To look with our eyes to see where vision will take me.


I SEE steps. I SEE lots.

I SEE flights and flights and flights go up.

Rocky took them. I SEE them too.

I climb them, walk inside, then wheeeeew.

Inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art,

I SEE dabby impressionist masters, oh, where to start.

I SEE rusted renaissance colors

So many palettes of wonder to my eyes

What a vision

What an eye-surprise.

(B&W image of Philadelphia Museum of Art. Artwork in color. Shiny texture.)  

Next SEE stop, I can’t wait.

To a coppery Bell, come on mate.

Made way back in 1753,

This Liberty Bell symbolizes freedom to me.

SEE its long crack that goes up.

SEE the history, yup, yup, yup.

(B&W image of Liberty Bell. Bell in color. Glittery texture.)


Our last and final stop to SEE,

Is full of love, it’s quite love-ly.

Why, it’s Robert Indiana’s four-letter word.

In the city of Brotherly Love

It’s heard.

It’s lipstick red

And full of heart.

It’s Love

It’s that SENSE

You get from the start.

(B&W image of Love sculpture. Love in color. Sparkly texture.)

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

I want the reader to have fun reading - to chuckle, to play with the words. I want the reader to connect when reading - to feel nostalgia to the place they live. When the child senses all of this, a lot of great connection and brain activity will come.

Share your suggested book title

SENSE in the City - Philadelphia

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).

You have five SENSES that love to play. Let’s take them out in the city today. Come on, TOUCH Where can we go? Press the button, then you’ll know. Pass, dribble, score. Your hands can TOUCH and do much more. My hands FEEL wet, splashing water around. Let’s splish more. Let’s splatter the ground. Soft, like a baby, lambie wool. At the zoo we touch and pat, but no pull. Now that we know what TOUCH can do. Let’s meet up with SMELL to sniff a thing or two. Sniff. What’s that delicious SMELL? It’s Gino’s cheesesteak wit whiz, done well. My nose is happy once again. I SMELL cheese a-bubblin’ it's Lorenzo’s pizza, my friend. One more SMELL stop. Please, oh, please. To Longwood Gardens, for sweet roses, oh jeez. Bub-bye SMELL. We’ll check you later. HEAR is here. So listen up, gator. Crack, oooh, woohoo. That’s a hard ball, baseball sound I knew. My ears now HEAR something exquisite and grand. Why, the Philadelphia Orchestra is playing. A phenomenal band. Beep, beep, it’s a chorus of honking horns. Taxis, ubers, cars and more. That tune of honk playing in my ears. How many sounding horns, I hear. Adios, my wonderful sense of sound. My tastebuds are waiting to be found. Swiss rolls, sweet rolls, honeybuns. These Tastycakes are number one. My mouth next walks me to the corner. To a silver cart with an umbrella on her. A chart with flavors. So many to try. Lemon, mango, blueberry, oh my. TASTE has one more sensation to try. I lick my lips for pretzels up high. Now that our jelly bellies are full. We’ll wave to TASTE, And shake hands with SEE. To look with our eyes to see where vision will take me. Inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I SEE dabby impressionist masters, oh, where to start. I SEE rusted renaissance colors. A palette of wonder to my eyes. What an eye-surprise. Next SEE stop, I can’t wait. To a coppery Bell, come on mate. Made way back in 1753, this Bell symbolizes freedom to me. Our last and final stop to SEE, Is full of love, it’s quite love-ly.

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

The book uses rhythm & rhyme which infants and toddlers benefit greatly from. Becoming aware of rhyming sounds boosts brain activity and a child's early literacy ability.

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

My grandparents lived in Northeast Philadelphia, so I have many fond memories of the area. My sister, her husband and children currently live in the city, so we are there several times a year exploring different neighborhoods with our families. I also walked in the 3-day Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer walk through Philadelphia. I love the creativity, diversity and history of the city.

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

I want the story to resonate with the reader. I picked popular urban places in Philadelphia that hopefully are familiar to the reader. With familiarity, comes a feeling of warmth and nostalgia. I hope the reader expresses this "sense of place" to their child. Perhaps they will share their own experiences visiting those places and want to take their child there, too.

Location: Country

Kent Island, Maryland, United States

Location: State or Department

Maryland

Location: City

Chester

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm a freelance content manager. I worked for National Geographic and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Communications for several years. I took a sabbatical to raise my kids. Those years whizzed by, my kids are now in school, and I'm back to writing! I'm finding my voice in children's writing. I'm currently working on an adventure series for elementary age about exploring the Chesapeake Bay region. I incorporate real world places into my books, so that children will be inspired to visit and explore their "place." I also just finished a conversation book about feelings and am currently on the hunt for a publisher. The book has four sections with discussion questions for your child after each section.

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)

  • 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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>>>>My idea is to create a series of books that highlight a different urban city in each one.<<<<
Very nice idea and involving the senses takes the little ones on a great trip.
Good Luck to us all.
And I'm pitching for Castries, Saint Lucia to be in your series.

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Thanks so much. I would love to visit Castries & create a book for there. Do you have a link to your submission? I would love to read it. Thanks and best of luck to you and everyone!

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To read any of the works just click the name of the author.
Start with yours!
Some folks have more than one entry to remember to click >>View all contributions<< at the bottom of the page.

HAPPY READINGS!!!!