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The Hide and Seeker

A simple, repetitive, rhyming story about a typical day in the life of a young child's game of hide and seek, including real photos.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!

Play with me!

Close your eyes and count to five.


1   2   3   4   5

Eyes open wide!

Where are you?


Look and see.

Come find me!


I can’t see you!

Where are you?

Are you ON the bed?

No, not there!

Are you UNDER the bed?

No, not there!

Are you BEHIND the couch?

No, not there!

Where can you be?


Look and see.

Come find me.


I’m coming to get you!


Whoo Hoo!


I can’t see you, but I can hear you.


Tee hee hee,

Giggle with me.

Ha ha ha!

Laugh out loud.


Am I close?

Keep making noise.

I hear you.

Almost there.

Are you IN the closet?

No, not there.

Are you UNDER the blanket?

No, not there.

Are you BEHIND the door?

No, not there.

Where can you be?

I can’t see.

I want to find you.

Help me, give me a clue.


Look and see.

Come find me.

Tee hee hee,

Giggle with me.

Ha ha ha!

Laugh out loud.


I’m getting closer!

Keep making noise.

I see feet, are they yours?

Yes, they are!

I found you, I got you!

Ha ha ha!  

Now it’s my turn to hide.

Close your eyes and count to ten.


1    2    3    4    5    

6    7    8    9   10


Ready or not here I come!

Ready to play it over again!

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

I intend my story to be inclusive for all children but adapted in size (12x12) for any visual impairments, simple photos with clear background, easy to share with all readers to interpret. The story includes funny sounds, simple actions for young children to anticipate, imitate, and interact.

Share your suggested book title

The Hide and Seeker

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).

Peek-a-boo, I see you! Play with me! Close your eyes and count to five. 1 2 3 4 5 Eyes open wide! Where are you? Look and see. Come find me! I can’t see you! Where are you? Are you ON the bed? No, not there! Are you UNDER the couch? No, not there! Are you BEHIND the door? No, not there! Where can you be? Look and see. Come find me. I’m coming to get you! Whoo Hoo! I can’t see you, but I can hear you. Tee hee hee, Giggle with me. Ha ha ha! Laugh out loud. Am I close? Keep making noise. I hear you. Almost there. Are you IN the closet? No, not there. Are you UNDER the blanket? No, not there. Are you BEHIND the coats? No, not there. Where can you be? I can’t see. I want to find you. Help me, give me a clue. Look and see. Come find me. Tee hee hee, Giggle with me. Ha ha ha! Laugh out loud. I’m getting closer! Keep making noise. I see feet, are they yours? Yes, they are! I found you, I got you! Ha ha ha! Now it’s my turn to hide. Close your eyes and count to ten. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ready or not here I come! Ready to play it over again!

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

This book includes ways for caregivers to read the story as is with it's simple repetitive text or to look at the photographs and interpret the story. Babies and young children learn by hearing, seeing, and doing. This book can help language development by modelling the gestures and actions involved for the child to imitate. If one of the senses is compromised, caregivers can do hand-over-hand with the child to include them in the story which entails a game of hide and seek that most children would be exposed to. In my career as a Speech-Language Assistant, I am constantly targeting goals that involve pronouns, actions in photos, and prepositions. I chose a game of hide and seek which my children play all the time that includes a lot of the common targets for speech-language development. I made the story simple so that children who may have difficulty understanding can still have a way to be interactive and part of the story about a fun game.

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

I am from Canada in a city that is very multicultural. I come from immigrant parents who came to Canada for a better life. I grew up with families in similar situations although our school system did not feel as diverse, therefore I felt a lot of struggle with sense of belonging and confidence. I currently work in the Speech-Language field, very confident in the rise of diversity in the community that I serve, where I was raised. I am confident in helping families to use strategies to develop language learning with their children with special needs as well as being sensitive to their cultural background.

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

I want readers to identify actions that can be a part of their daily life with their children but also including literacy which is a passion of mine. I always promote literacy even when the child is not yet interested but the question arose of what to do when children aren't interested in looking at books. This is where I decided that real photos would be valuable in helping children identify themselves in the book using simple actions that they could imitate (with or without support) as part of the story. ESL caregivers can easily model the actions for their child to encourage a fun back and forth interaction.

Location: Country

Canada

Location: State or Department

Ontario

Location: City

Brampton

Tell us more about you / your team

I am constantly on a journey to fulfill a purposeful calling. I have a passion for language, linguistics, literacy, and teaching children. My journey has led me to self-publish a children's book that is inclusive about very common activities that all children may be interested in. There is still more work to be done to include families with diverse backgrounds, especially with special needs, to be seen as part of the story.

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

My son is holding the book to reference the size because size matters in the production of this book as it's important to consider any visual impairments that a child or caregiver may have. Real photographs, with clear backgrounds, thick stock (board would be best) to keep the child engaged. After creating my first self-published book, my daughter was inspired to continue my story using the same rhythm. This manuscript was inspired by her story to continue the series of my work.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Self-Published: Under My Chin

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
  • I am a Speech-Language Assistant by trade, aspiring writer.

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Great use of directional words Michelle! This sounds like fun.

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Thanks Cathy! Your words mean so much!

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Nice. But why not into the life of children 0-3 years old with real pictures as highlighted in the guidelines.

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Hi Perlina,

Thanks for your comment, I'm working on the pictures. Stay tuned!.....

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Nice

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DeletedUser

This is such a cute story Michelle and perfect for the 0-3 age range. I really enjoyed reading it :o)

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Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. I'm feeling encouraged!

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DeletedUser

You're welcome! Good luck :o)

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Great.

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I'm on it, thank you!

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Hi Michelle Diaz-Jones  welcome to the Challenge Community!
Thank you for sharing such a fun, playful story that teaches children all through a game.
How mighty you evolve this story to include a little more details about the relationship and interactions between the caregiver and the child?

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Hi Itika,

Thank you for your message. This story has not been published before. It was inspired by my previous published work (of kids playing all day). Sorry for the misunderstanding, should I remove the section of published work so that it's not confusing?
Thanks!

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Hey Michelle, sorry that was an error on my part. Misunderstood. The submission details from your end our perfect. Look forward to seeing it evolve over the next few weeks.

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Well written. Great story line. Very happy mood and very interactive with lots of fun.

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Hi Ashanti,
Thank you so much. Your words are very uplifting.

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You are welcome. Actually it is the energy emanating for your work.

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Perhaps it's from the last full moon energy that I called upon to help me get this crossed off my list! ;)

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@Michelle,Very interesting response. However, the mood that is expressed in the work, especially the way it is crated was able to resonate with me. I felt what you expressed. Continue to try, different phrases / expressions to see what you may need to keep or change,. This will help give the story more strength. I do that with my own writing and it has proven to be a blessing for me. Regards.

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Great idea! I'll look with a fresh eye first thing in the morning...
It's ok to keep editing even though I posted already?

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Oh yes it is'
you are allowed to continue to edit your work until the 12 of April.

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>> (250 word limit, not including title)<<

I suggest you remove the title and your name.

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Ok, thanks for the tip. How do I get back into it to edit?

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Never mind, found it!

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Hahahaha
Cool.

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A fun piece.
Nicely done.
Kids like hide n seek.

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Thank you! Your words mean more than you know!