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Tale of The Special Child and You.

A story of inclusion, appreciation and diversity, written for children 0-3 years old, to learn about acceptance with their caregivers.

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I may not be able to walk,
And I may not be able to talk,
But I can clap,

And with my fingers snap,
I give a listening ear,
Because I really care.
I am differently able,
But I am not feeble.
So when you see me passing by,
Feel free to give me a high-five.
Don't act like I am invisible,
You will make me feel sad.

I need friends.

 I can point from 1-10.
1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10.
There you go my dear friend,
A hug and a smug for you.
Let's listen to the Alphabet.
It will be fun I bet.
a, b, c, d, e, f, g,
h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p,
q, r, s, t, u, v,
w, x, y, and z.
Though we do it differently,
We are happy as can be.
I may not speak like you do,
But I am human too.
Let's play the colour game.
I'll paint and you say the name.
1. ___________________?

Yellow.

(Illustration)

2. ______________________?

Green.


(Illustration)


3. _________________________?


Black


(Illustration)


4.___________________?

White


(Illustration)

5._________________?

Red.

(Illustration)

6. __________________?

Blue.

(Illustration)

7. __________________?

Pink.

(Illustration)

8. ____________________?

Orange.

(Illustration)

9. ____________________?

Purple.

(Illustration)

10. ___________________?

Brown

(Illustration)
So though I speak sign-language,
And you, word language,
It matters not to God,
For love in any language,
Is the way we all manage,

To accept the way God made us.

We are all precious children.

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

Tale of The Special Child and You, is a read-along, educational manuscript for children 0-3years old, that teaches inclusion, appreciation and diversity. It is created so that caregivers can teach infants to learn to accept each other the way they are.

Share your suggested book title

Tale of The Special Child and You.

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).

I may not be able to walk, And I may not be able to talk, But I can clap, And with my fingers snap. I give a listening ear, Because I really care. I am differently able, But I am not feeble. So when you see me passing by, Feel free to give me a high-five. Don't act like I am invisible, You will make me feel sad. I need friends. I can point from 1-10. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. There you go my dear friend, A hug and a smug for you. Let's listen to the Alphabet. It will be fun I bet. a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, and z. Though we do it differently, We are happy as can be. I may not speak like you do, But I am human too. Let's play the colour game. I'll paint and you say the name. 1. ___________________? Yellow. (Illustration) 2. ______________________? Green (Illustration) 3. _________________________? Black (Illustration) 4.___________________? White (Illustration) 5._________________? Red. (Illustration) 6. __________________? Blue. (Illustration) 7. __________________? Pink. (Illustration) 8. ____________________? Orange. (Illustration) 9. ____________________? Purple. (Illustration) 10. ___________________? Brown (Illustration) So though I speak sign-language, And you, word language, It matters not to God, For love in any language, Is the way we all manage, To accept the way God made us. We are all precious children.

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

I have consulted with Early Child Hood Language Development, for avenues to have inclusion of children with Special Needs, because I am a former Special Needs Teacher, and it is becoming very common in our society and has to be addressed. Caregivers will benefit from this manuscript because it serves as a guide to help them change or influence the minds of toddlers and infants to accept kids who a differently abled and realize that there is nothing wrong with being differently abled. The tier one vocabulary is used in the development of this work. All words used are appropiate to this age group along with some tier 2 vocabulary. I worked with CHADD and other institutions to craft this manuscript.

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

I have visited Philly and it is lovely.

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

Yes I have crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts; as there are a diversity of kids living in urban contexts and hope that the kids living out there will learn to accept kids who are differently abled and include them in their games and make them feel valued. I also hope that this is a tool for caregivers to encourage and help build a better place for kids who are differently abled.

Location: Country

Saint Lucia

Location: State or Department

Grande Riviere, Gros Islet

Location: City

Castries

Website URL (optional question)

http://sbpra.com/PerlinaMurray

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Perlina Murray. I value this work because of my passion for children with special needs. I want it to be special and to challenge the community to think positively about the impact that inclusion has on children with special needs and to start with a story for toddlers 0-3 years old to read with their caregivers is a stepping stone.

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

The book cover can be similar to this. The colours of the paint go on the lines and a thumbs up or happy face is for the illustrations.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Stella' Back In Town, As If On Wings, Stars In Our Hearts

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently 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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I love the message here, and how upbeat this is. What if you don't start with something they can't do? Also, what if you have a catch phrase that's repeated? Good luck with getting this into the hands of children!

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It will get into the hands of children. This I have promised
Thanks.

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