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Tara Finds the Perfect Mango

Tara goes to the Farmer's Market with Yeye to find the perfect mango.

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Food provides a bonding experience for Tara and her Yoruba grandmother. Whether they call the items by the same name - mango or mongoro, they bond over the experience.

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

My vision is to provide an opportunity to talk about food choices, cooking, availability, and differences between cultures.

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Tara finds the Perfect Mango

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).

Tara and Yeye walk to the farmer’s market on 4th Street and West Lehigh Avenue. They hold empty bags to carry their purchases. Tara wants to find the perfect mango. Farmers come to the market to sell produce. There are lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and meat at the farmer’s market. Yeye picks a bunch of spinach. “Soko,” she says. “No, Grandma, that’s spinach.” Yeye puts it in her bag. She adds collard greens and broccoli. Tara does not buy vegetables. She wants to find the perfect mango. At the fish stalls, Yeye picks two slippery fishes out of the ice. “Eww…not mangos,” Tara says. A dairy seller offers Tara a cheese sample. Tara shakes her head. Yeye buys local honey, herbs, and jelly. She walks to the fruit stalls. Tara walks past the oranges, watermelons, and plums. “They’re great fruits,” she says, “but I want to find the perfect mango today.” There are two types of mango at the stall. One is yellow and the other is orange, yellow and green. “The perfect mango will be orange, yellow, and only a little green,” Tara tells Yeye. “It will be soft not hard or mushy. It will smell sweet and taste juicy.” She picks one mango and another. Some of the green ones are soft and some of the orange ones are hard. At last, Tara holds up a mango. It was orange with a little yellow and no green. “The Perfect Mango!” she yells. “Mongoro,” Yeye says.

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

From early childhood, children know explore fruits through sight, touch, smell, and taste. This manuscript offers an advancement of that exploration by suggesting that there's a criteria for judging superior fruit.

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

I visited friends and tourist attractions in Philadelphia several times both during my college days at the University of Pittsburgh and afterwards.

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

The farmer's market is an urban phenomenon which usually sets up shop in the summer. Though most urban children don't have access to farm-fresh produce throughout the year, the farmer's market presents an opportunity to explore new experiences.

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Tell us more about you / your team

Abi Adegboye’s slogan is “Write Africa, Right Africa.” She believes that if we write the right things about Africa, we make things right with Africa. She is the author of two picture books – Butterfly and My Big Sister. She’s also written Young Adult (YA) fiction, cultural, and motivational books including the Ibadan Girls trilogy (Renike comes to America, Shally Baby, and Fine Sisi), Wanna B Prez? 10 Life Strategies from President Barack Obama’s Journey to the White House, Reflections on Nigerian Christianity, and co-authored Owanbe! Yoruba Celebrations of Life. Her books are inspired by formative years in Nigeria and raising children in the United States. She is a speaker and a writing coach passionate about helping people finish their manuscripts. You can find her at

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

The above illustration is from Butterfly.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Butterfly My Big Sister Renike comes to America Shally Baby Fine Sisi Wanna B Prez? 10 Life Strategies from President Barack Obama’s Journey to the White House Owanbe! Yoruba Celebrations of Life

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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  • 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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A lot of fun. Best of luck.

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