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Stroller Safari

A rhyming picture book from the POV of a young child exploring city wildlife from his stroller.

Photo of Tim Rogers
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Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

A story about exploration and appreciation of wildlife from a child's POV, rolling through the urban landscape strapped inside a "safari" stroller. This book celebrates children's keen awareness that we aren't the only animals living in the city, and remembers a time when every trip outside was an adventure.

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Stoller Safari

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).

Snapped snug inside my stroller, Pushed down the long green hall, Past the wavy jungle plants, And the splashy waterfall./// Through the swooshing blue glass doors, And out into the street. Dad is driving the stroller. I’m looking for animals to meet./// Around the busy corner, And up the bright sidewalk. Two brown squirrels are chattering, They’re having a serious talk./// Only one squirrel is holding food, So I throw his friend a treat. A yummy goldfish cracker, Now both the squirrels can eat./// Under the waters of the Schuylkill, Sparkly fish swim and play, Big geese paddle above them, Honk-Honk-Honking all the way./// Then I hear a different noise. A clippity- clippity clop. I turn and see a shiny black horse, Wearing a policeman up on top./// From the window ledge above me, An orange cat watches me go, She says Meow! Meow! Meow! ... AND Meow! Which in cat talk means ‘Hello!’/// Dad stops at the crosswalk. Then we enter Fairmount Park. Where grandpas feed the pigeons, From afternoon ‘till dark./// Rolling up beside me, What is this that I do see? Why, it’s a fancy little white dog, In a stroller just like me!/// Up ahead I see my home, Past the underground trolley train. Dad pushes the stroller faster, Dark clouds are filled with rain./// I lean against the window, To watch the storm above. I hope my friends stay warm and dry, In the City of Brotherly Love.

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

yes. the tools and resources you listed on the site were very helpful.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

North Carolina

Location: City

The Triangle

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm a journalist, ex- foreign correspondent, editor, and producer.

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

I have always been enchanted by the illustrations in the old-school Berenstain Bears books, especially the ones showing the family exploring a winding road. I could get totally lost in those illustrations as a kid. There's something about the colors, the details, and the depth of the winding road that piqued my curiosity — and still does. I hope to work with an illustrator to capture a similarly quaint sense of adventure and journey; show a world to explore, but also convey family and safety.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I've been a journalist and foreign correspondent for 20 years. My articles have appeared in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, including the Atlantic, Time, BBC, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Univision and others.

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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Photo of Marty lapointe-malchik

Hi Tim,
My favorite part of your text is the surprise for readers/listeners when the main character encounters a stroller with a white dog in it. What a fun kid-friendly encounter to include!
May the challenge be worthwhile to you in countless ways. Good luck on May 6!

Photo of Itika Gupta

Reading through the ideas, I came across another storyteller Robert Smith  who is also exploring the idea of exploring the city with a fellow object. Connecting youRobert Smith and Tim Rogers  to provide a couple lines of feedback to one another’s manuscript submissions.
Happy connecting!

Photo of Robert Smith

Thanks @Itika Gupta for the connection!

Hi @Tim Rogers, lots of great imagery from a stroller-high viewpoint!

My only suggestion might be to consider starting the story with the second word, as in: ‘Snug inside my stroller...’ to give a somewhat ‘warmer tone’.

Either way, fun story. Good luck with the challenge!

Photo of Tim Rogers

Hi Robert, thanks for giving it a read. Good feedback. I changed strapped to snapped, which maybe doesn't sound as aggressive.

Am going to give your manuscript a read now and will comment over there. Thanks and good luck.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .

Like the ref to the City of Brotherly love

Photo of Meredith Hardt

Hi Tim, love the idea of the stroller safari. Best of luck!

Photo of Tim Rogers

thanks. I'm going to keep fiddling with it

Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Tim Rogers  welcome to the Challenge Community!
It is fascinating to see how you've used animals to convey such a fun story of observing lives that look different from us. It is a beautiful way to speak about inclusion.
Since your final readers will be residents of Philadelphia, it may be interesting to tweak the descriptions to animals and spaces of Philadelphia. You can find some inspiration in the Challenge Resources and Challenge Personas listed at the end of the Challenge Page.

Photo of Tim Rogers

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. Good suggestions. Thanks