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Sundae Sunday

Eat your way through this delicious story after a visit to the market with Grandma, and keep your eye on mischievous Max the ginger cat!

Photo of Joanne O'Callaghan

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*Some illustration notes in brackets

SUNDAE SUNDAY

This is Grandma. This is Max.  And this is me.  (Max is a ginger cat)

On Mondays after breakfast Grandma and I go shopping. We pour Max his milk. We grab the bags and skip down the stairs. 

At the bus stop Grandma and I wait for the big white bus to take us to the market. 

Max stays at home, he likes to sleep a lot. 

Grandma and I shop for fruit.  Grandma seems to know everyone at the market. I love being out with Grandma.

Every night after dinner we eat fruit from the market.  On Monday we eat a squishy yellow banana. 

On Tuesday we eat crunchy green apples. 

On Wednesday we eat soft orange mangoes. 

On Thursday we eat juicy pink watermelon. 

On Friday we eat sweet red strawberries.

And, on Saturday Nanna makes one enormous bowl of fruit salad YUMMY! (all of the fruits combined)

The next day is Sunday.  
Sunday is VERY special.
On Sunday Grandma makes the world’s BEST ice-cream sundae!  
With brown chocolate sauce and one red cherry on top.   

(Max pulls his head up, eyes wide open)

I give Grandma the world’s BEST hug.  

Ice-cream sundaes are DELICIOUS! 

The next day is Monday again.  
We wait for the big white bus to take us to market.  
(Max looking out the window as they leave)

Max stays at home, he likes to sleep a lot... 

(Next page - Max in the kitchen.)  

(Next page - lift the flap - Max eating his very own ice-cream sundae! He didn't want to miss out!)

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

A special bond between Grandma and her granddaughter is presented in this story grounded in Philadelphia’s urban environment and everyday life. The narrative is accessible to readers with limited English - the narrative can be followed using the illustrations as a guide. One aspect of the story unfolds through the illustrations - Max the cat who we discover is a little mischievous - there is a fun surprise at the end! A delicious story that I hope is warm, engaging, and funny.

Share your suggested book title

SUNDAE SUNDAY

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).

SUNDAE SUNDAY This is Grandma. This is Max. And this is me. (Max is a ginger cat) On Mondays after breakfast Grandma and I go shopping. We grab the bags and skip down the stairs. At the bus stop Grandma and I wait for the big white bus to take us to the market. Max stays at home, he likes to sleep a lot. Grandma and I shop for fruit. Grandma seems to know everyone at the market. I love being out with Grandma. Every night after dinner we eat fruit from the market. On Monday we eat a squishy yellow banana. On Tuesday we eat crunchy green apples. On Wednesday we eat soft orange mangoes. On Thursday we eat juicy pink watermelon. On Friday we eat sweet red strawberries. And, on Saturday Nanna makes one enormous bowl of fruit salad YUMMY! (all of the fruits combined) The next day is Sunday. Sunday is VERY special. On Sunday Grandma makes the world’s BEST ice-cream sundae! With brown chocolate sauce and one red cherry on top. (Max pulls his head up, eyes wide open) I give Grandma the world’s BEST hug. Ice-cream sundaes are DELICIOUS! The next day is Monday again. We wait for the big white bus to take us to market. (Max looking out the window as they leave) Max stays at home, he likes to sleep a lot... (Next page - Max in the kitchen) (Next page - lift the flap - Max eating his very own ice-cream sundae! He didn't want to miss out!)

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

I reviewed all resources for this challenge and joined the webinar. I have considered the Tier 1 & 2 word list and the context for this book. SUNDAE SUNDAY is a narrative readers can share by following the illustrations without knowing all of the words - making this story suitable for carers, parents, and siblings for whom English may be a second language. The plot point about Max the mischievous cat, is told through the pictures. To make this story appealing and interactive I have sought to * encourage participation through naming fruits, identifying colors, counting * include predictable text with repetitive language patterns and narrative sequencing that facilitates children to produce some of the narrative on their own * use onomatopoeia * engage toddlers with a lift the flap fun surprise. Concepts in this story are age appropriate, relatable, and the narrative is accessible to readers with limited English language skills.

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

I have visited the USA several times and visited various cities, but not yet Philadelphia. Creating an inclusive society for migrants and all residents is an issue in my home city in Australia. Melbourne’s population of 5 million people is growing rapidly, largely due to migration. There are political, socio-economic, housing, employment, and transport issues. From what I have read there are similar issues in Philadelphia. In my research I also found that obesity is an issue for many in Philadelphia. I have put a focus on healthy food habits for children - fruit every night after dinner, ice-cream as a once a week special treat.

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

Grandma is the caregiver in this story. The characters live in a humble row house / apartment in an urban area. The story depicts daily life - catching a bus, shopping at a busy urban market, holding Grandma’s hand, and eating in the kitchen. We see residents get from place to place by walking and catching public transport. We see diversity of people in the street and at the market. And there is the universal expression of love - a big hug!

Location: Country

Australia

Location: State or Department

Victoria

Location: City

Melbourne

Website URL (optional question)

http://joanneocallaghan.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a children’s writer, I am the author of four published books. My books have been published in Hong Kong and Australia. All of my books are about connection to place and society and / or multicultural community. I am Australian. I have lived in the UK, Hong Kong (12 years) and South Africa. I currently live in Melbourne that is home to 5 million people of many cultural backgrounds. I have been a volunteer for a mobile laundry service for people without homes or in temporary accomodation for three years, I come across many migrants and empathise with those who are struggling in different ways. In 2016 I co-developed a unique art book - the world's first colouring book made by children. 'Colour Melbourne' is an 80 page colouring book of illustrations drawn by 55 children aged three to 10 years old. I successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign to publish the book and donate copies to children in hospital and to schools in need.

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)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

I am the author of four published children's picture books: - Found in Melbourne - Found in Hong Kong - The Swimmers - My Hong Kong

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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Such a sweet week-long journey. Your descriptions are vivid and really bring the story to life...beautiful!

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