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The Human Bean

A little bean learns about big ideas.

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Welcome human bean.

We have been waiting for you!

Magical you say...

From the sky or the ground, where do you come from human, bean?

What do you need to grow, human bean?

Water, sun, sky, play-time, space, friends, food?

(Human beans aren’t food!)

So I have a plan human bean...

First you must learn human bean history, from scratch!

So dinosaurs existed. Then God existed. Wait, God existed first... hmm... yes it’s confusing.

Ideas existed too!

Boom. Ice Age.

Okay. Now it’s the 21st century. And there are many human beans everywhere. 8 billion or more!

And we find dinosaurs remains to make power.

Then light the dinosaur remains on fire to make cars go forward. Hmm... yes also confusing.

But we also have planes that fly across the globe.

And spaceships that fly to other planets.

And 200 years ago we used to ride horses to the store or to work.

Now human beans ride horses for fun.

Human beans like bringing the past to the future. Retro!

Human beans eat plants from the ground and animals from the land and fishes from the sea.

They call this organic!

Then human beans made fake food from chemicals in a factory because it cost less. Then they learned it was bad for them.

Ew! Chemicals!

Now human beans eat plants from the ground and animals from the land and fishes from the sea again.

Yum! Retro! Organic!

This was discovered in science. Science is cool!

Human beans made up science. It makes sense because it just involves experiments and learning.

Experimenting with science also found new ways to power cars and homes... from the sun!

Solar energy! Simple and powerful!

Did you know a human bean can become a magical human bean from a special recipe?

Want to know how?

Magical human beans are created when they make the world a more beautiful (and beaniful) place.

They have human bean superpowers and other human beans know they are special when they walk by.

How do you make the world more beautiful and beaniful you ask?

By being a nice bean! A helpful bean. A happy bean. A generous bean.

Oh! Guess what? We have big hopes for you! We have chosen you to be the magical bean!

Wow! Look! Human bean glow!

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

A visual dialogue that provokes conversation around complex topics that even adults battle with everyday. The Human Bean was written to inspire upstanding citizenship and teach the power of philosophy at a young age.

Share your suggested book title

The Human Bean

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).

Welcome human bean. We have been waiting for you! Magical you say... From the sky or ground, where do you come from human bean? What do you need to grow, human bean? Water, sun, sky, playtime, space, friends, food? (Human beans aren’t food!) So I have a plan human bean... First you must learn human bean history, from scratch! So dinosaurs existed. Then God existed. Wait, God existed first... hmm... yes it’s confusing. Ideas existed too! Boom. Ice Age. Okay. Now it’s the 21st century. And there are many human beans everywhere. 8 billion or more! And we find dinosaurs remains to make power. Then light the dinosaur remains on fire to make cars go forward. Hmm... yes also confusing. But we also have planes that fly across the globe. And spaceships that fly to other planets. And 200 years ago we used to ride horses to the store or to work. Now human beans ride horses for fun. Human beans like bringing the past to the future. Retro! Human beans eat plants from the ground, animals from the land, and fishes from the sea. They call this organic! Then human beans made fake food from chemicals in a factory because it cost less. Then they learned it was bad for them. Ew! Chemicals! Now human beans eat plants from the ground, animals from the land, and fishes from the sea again. Yum! Retro! Organic! This was discovered in science. Science is cool! Human beans made up science. Science is about experimenting and learning. Experimenting with science found new ways to power cars and homes from the sun! Solar energy! Simple and powerful! Did you know a human bean can become a magical human bean from a special recipe? Want to know how? Magical human beans are created when they make the world a more beautiful and beaniful place. How do you make the world more beautiful and beaniful you ask? By being a nice bean! A helpful bean. A happy bean. A generous bean. Oh! Guess what? We have big hopes for you! We have chosen you to be to be the magical bean! Wow! Look! Human bean glow!

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

I studied early cognitive development at Johns Hopkins through my degree in Cognitive Science. I am testing out the hypothesis that "big picture" philosophical learning at a young age will lead to a more well-rounded individual with better decision making skills as an adult. By asking questions and provoking conversation through fun visuals, The Human Bean makes learning history and philosophical thinking more enjoyable and memorable. My hypothesis is that discussing such topics at such an early stage will leave an imprint on the children's mind with the subtle abstractions tied into high energy dialogue.

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

I lived in Baltimore for 6 years, and have visited Philadelphia 4 times in my life. I can compare Baltimore to Philadelphia in a handful of ways. Baltimore is a city I have great respect for and see huge potential in. It inspired a photo collection of mine during walks around some of the toughest of neighborhoods. I see Baltimore and Philadelphia to have incredible pockets of culture in between neighborhoods that are in need of help. My hope is The Human Bean will be in the hands of children across the world, and act as a beam of light in their live that inspires them to stay positive, ask questions, and pursue their dreams.

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

Answered above.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

Brooklyn

Tell us more about you / your team

www.linkedin.com/in/josephloren I am looking to make the world a better place. I write personal poetry and work in technology.

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

Examples of conceptual art below. Style: minimal with pops of color Welcome human bean.---> (image of super simple image of bean) We have been waiting for you!---> (image of bean looking skeptical at a throne) Magical you say...---> (image of bean sits in throne and magical hue hovers over bean) From the sky or the ground, where do you come from human, bean?---> (image of god-like creature questioning the bean) What do you need to grow, human bean?---> (image of bean watering itself)

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)

  • 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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Hi Joseph Loren welcome to the Challenge Community!
Absolutely loved your manuscript for its fascinating, scientific yet magical narrative. Extremely unique.
Since your final readers will be from the age group of 0-3 yrs, it may be interesting to tweak the manuscript to make it simpler, rhythmic and more engaging for your readers. You can learn more about early childhood development and tips on writing for this age group in the “Challenge Resources” listed at the end of the Challenge Page.

Photo of Joseph Loren
Team

Itika Gupta thank you for the kind words and support Itika! Do you think the 5-7 year old bracket could be better fitting?

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