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Strong. Big. Loud.

After some trial and error — and a blast of water up her nose — Odessa P. figures out what it takes to get noticed.

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After some trial and error — and a blast of water up her nose — Odessa P. figures out what it takes to get noticed.

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

This book is a show and tell about the energy and body language -- that every child knows how to harness naturally, from a very early age.

Share your suggested book title

Strong. Big. Loud.

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).

When Odessa Parker walked in — deep down — her bright was busting to get out. Strong. Big. Loud. Hello. I’m here. But her shoulders sagged. Her eyes said: “Go away.” And, her chin quivered, just a little. Hello? I’m here? That’s how it went. Odessa P. came in. No one noticed. So, Odessa P. decided to get noticed. Hello!!! I’m here!!! Strong. Big. Loud. Odessa P. stomped straight into the big kids’ circle. Heads turned. Eyebrows lifted. Odessa P’s shine got lost behind the bows and balloons. Odessa P. elbowed in to be first — made a big splash. Heads turned. Eyebrows lifted. Odessa P. got a blast of water up her nose. Hello?! I’m here?! That’s how it went. Odessa P. busted in. No one noticed. Until, one day — all by herself — Odessa P. got busy. Shoulders settled back, her eyebrows lowered. Her strong chin lifted, just a little. Odessa P. didn’t say a word. But her eyes flashed: Hello. And, everything about her said: I’m here.

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

This book includes repetition, and anticipated verse -- call backs -- to engage the child and caregiver.

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

I'm a public radio health reporter — who has covered Philadelphia for a decade -- with a focus on the influence of neighborhood and community on wellbeing.

Location: Country

Philadelphia

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm a public radio health reporter — who has covered Philadelphia for a decade -- with a focus on the influence of neighborhoods and community on wellbeing.

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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Strong. Big. Loud. -- Word document. After some trial and error — and a blast of water up her nose — Odessa P. figures out what it takes to get noticed.

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Such a sweet yet powerful story ! Best wishes !! #keepwriting

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