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Start with a circle, I draw

Spark imagination, starting with a simple circle — a story to encourage caretakers drawing together with their children.

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Start with a circle,

I draw the sun,

warm and bright.


Start with a circle,

I draw flowers,

red, yellow, purple and blue.


Start with a circle,

I draw a bubble,

then two, three,

and many.


Start with a circle,

I draw wheels going round and round.

And a trolly taking you for a ride.

(*Illustration: a park scene including all elements mentioned in previous verses.)


Start with a circle,

I draw plates, cups, spoons,

and something delicious too.

Apple, watermelon and

yum yum yum pancakes.

(*Illustration: a picnic scene.)


Start with a circle,

I draw something flying high high up on the sky

(*illustration: a bird).

I draw something crawling low low down under the leaves.

(*illustration: ladybugs)


Start with a circle,

I draw something big, something we all call home.

(**illustration: Planet earth)

I draw something small, something precious.

(*illustration: a baby's face)


I draw the moon,

before tacking you in tight.

I draw a monkey,

after visiting the zoo.

I draw a ballon

to cheer you up.

I draw a teddy

to calm you down.

And it all starts with a circle.


Start with a circle,

I draw you, smile and confident.

Then I ask myself:

If a circle can be many things,

so can you.


What will you be 

when you are as big as me?

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

A story helps children to learn the shape circle by drawing together with the caretakers. A story to encourage caretakers drawing with children (not just on paper, but include drawing as an activity of play, or doing daily chores)

Share your suggested book title

Start with a circle, I draw

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).

Start with a circle, I draw the sun, warm and bright. Start with a circle, I draw flowers, red, yellow, purple and blue. Start with a circle, I draw a bubble, then two, three, and many. Start with a circle, I draw wheels going round and round. And a trolly taking you for a ride. (*Illustration: a park scene including all elements mentioned in previous verses.) Start with a circle, I draw plates, cups, spoons, and something delicious too. Apple, watermelon and yum yum yum pancakes. (*Illustration: a picnic scene.) Start with a circle, I draw something flying high high up on the sky (*illustration: a bird). I draw something crawling low low down under the leaves. (*illustration: ladybugs) Start with a circle, I draw something big, something we all call home. (**illustration: Planet earth) I draw something small, something precious. (*illustration: a baby's face) I draw the moon, before tacking you in tight. I draw a monkey, after visiting the zoo. I draw a ballon to cheer you up. I draw a teddy to calm you down. And it all starts with a circle. Start with a circle, I draw you, smile and confident. Then I ask myself: If a circle can be many things, so can you. What will you be when you are as big as me?

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

As stated in www.naeyc.org website, "Child development and pediatrics experts agree that even short spurts of creative time greatly impact social, cognitive, and emotional development of children in their earliest formal years and create long-lasting memories." Also on the same website, you can find evidence that drawing and other arts activities can help toddlers develop their small motor skill, which is essential for future writing. The manuscript uses tier 1 vocabulary, helping 0-3 years old children building up their vocabulary.

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

I looked through the resources provided by Openideo in the Urban context section. I have never been to Philadelphia. But I do understand what it is like to live in a multi-cultural urban environment, as we live in a neighborhood in Oslo which consists of families from all over the world.

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

My goal with this book is to inspire caretakers to draw more with the children, and also giving the children the freedom to express themselves by play with drawing, arts, and crafts. They can incorp drawing activities in many other play activities, such as drawing by a sandy beach, or in a sandbox, drawing while waiting in the car, drawing while playing in the snow.

Location: Country

Norway

Location: State or Department

Oslo

Location: City

Oslo

Website URL (optional question)

www.lixin.no

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a freelance illustrator, in my early career on children's book writer and illustrator world. I have worked as a UX designer for nearly ten years, and a big part of my work was done in the educational sector. I worked with youth and children in urban and rural Uganda, and also university students in Norway, both in the context of building platforms for learning purposes. I have always been passionate about visual storytelling, comics, and graphic novels. Ever since I became a mother, I am spending countless hours researching good children's book to read for my daughter. I was blown away by the power and the impact good children's books have on a toddler's little mind. So I decided to write and illustrate my own.

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

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Hi xin li  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
So many lovely things to learn from this story, love how it triggers imagination in the child by helping him/her think of what a circle can be
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

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