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Suzy and Sam in the City

Using a somatic approach to learning the parent and child read and enact the behaviors linked to a walk to school in a city environment.

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The sun shines through the window.

El sol brilla por la ventana.


Mama and I put on our coats.

Mamá y yo nos ponemos nuestros abrigos.


Dog comes too.

El perro viene tambien.


We jump down the stairs.

Saltamos bajando las escaleras.


There is a worm wiggling.

Hay una lumbris moviéndose.


The tree waves to me.

El arbol me saluda.


The blackbird flies.

El mirlo vuela.


We skip along the street.

Saltamos por la calle.


I say "hello, my name is Suzy" to the lady.

Yo digo "hola, mi nombre es Suzy" a la señora.


The lady smiles.

La señora sonrie.


Dog wags his tail.

El perro menea la cola.


We hear a hiss and a bus stops.

Oímos un silbido y un autobús se detiene.


Lots of faces look through the windows.

Muchas caras miran por las ventanas.


I wave and dog wags his tail.

Saludo y el perro menea su cola.


The driver waves.

El conductor agita.


We wait for Sam.

Esperamos a Sam.


He is at school.

El está en la escuela.


Sam runs out.

Sam sale corriendo.


We skip along the street.

Saltamos por la calle.


Dog wags his tail.

Perro mueve su cola.


The worm wiggles.

La lumbris se menea.


The birds fly.

Los pájaros vuelan.


Papa opens the door.

Papa abre la puerta.


Mama laughs.

Mamá sonríe.


We jump up the stairs.

Subimos las escaleras.


We look out the window.

Miramos por la ventana.

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

The story is centered around family, home and school, but giving the opportunity to talk about other people, where the bus is going, why Sam goes to school and natural life of a city full of concrete, multi floor buildings and public transportation. The story repeats the actions so the child can anticipate an action it likes. The actions can be created by the parent as a teaching moment and a bonding action.

Share your suggested book title

Suzy and Sam in the City

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).

Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title). Suzy and Sam in the city. The sun shines through the window. El sol brilla por la ventana. Mama and I put on our coats. Mamá y yo nos ponemos nuestros abrigos. Dog comes too. El perro viene tambien. We jump down the stairs. Saltamos bajando las escaleras. There is a worm wiggling. Hay una lumbris moviéndose. The tree waves to me. El arbol me saluda. The blackbird flies. El mirlo vuela. We skip along the street. Saltamos por la calle. I say "hello, my name is Suzy" to the lady. Yo digo "hola, mi nombre es Suzy" a la señora. The lady smiles. La señora sonrie. Dog wags his tail. El perro menea la cola. We hear a hiss and a bus stops. Oímos un silbido y un autobús se detiene. Lots of faces look through the windows. Muchas caras miran por las ventanas. I wave and dog wags his tail. Saludo y el perro menea su cola. The driver waves. El conductor agita. We wait for Sam. Esperamos a Sam . He is at school. El está en la escuela. Sam runs out. Sam sale corriendo. We skip along the street. Saltamos por la calle. Dog wags his tail. Perro mueve su cola. The worm wiggles. La lumbris se menea. The birds fly. Los pájaros vuelan. Papa opens the door. Papa abre la puerta. Mama laughs. Mamá sonríe. We jump up the stairs. Subimos las escaleras. We look out the window. Miramos por la ventana.

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

The story of Suzy introduces language that is familiar and everyday. The sentences are short and use level 1 language. The idea of repetition is included through words, actions and physical movement. A caregiver reading the story can involve the child with the physical movements building in a health aspect that is often missing from city stories. The story is one that happens everyday, a routine that will involve caregivers, family, strangers and big city phenomena, yes, the bus! It also prepares the child for an event, going to school, that might seem scary. Plus I have included the Spanish language as it is important in my neighborhood.

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

I am not familiar with Philadelphia.

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

The hope is to enable a bilingual learning environment that focuses on physical activity as part of the story.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Illinois

Location: City

Chicago

Tell us more about you / your team

I live in an activist Latino neighborhood. And I love to write. I asked a young mother what she read to her young child. I reviewed what was available in the library and saw nothing that reflected living in the city.

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)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Another great one.

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Thank you for your awesome and positive feedback.

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