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The market

Liam goes to the market with his father and brother Noah, where his curiosity transforms a brief routine moment into a life experience.

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Today Liam can feel the sun on his face. Many things happen in the market. Liam can admire every color. He can feel different sensations. On his way, he can find many things that make him want to play. His brother Noah jumps and plays with his yellow wooden giraffe. Dad stops and talks to the shopkeeper and he brings Liam to the ground. Dry brown leaves call Liam's attention. A soft wind takes them away, the leaves dance and play like Noah does with his yellow wooden giraffe. Liam looks at them. He follows them. A dog wants to smell them. Suddenly, a pair of shiny black shoes of a lady no longer let see the dog. Liam turns around to go back to his dad and Noah, but stumbles. He finds a shopping cart for a man with mountain shoes. He stands up. Liam approaches the cart. Maybe it's full. What will it have inside? And while he stretches his arm to open the button with his hand, the man in the mountain shoes turns around. Taking his cart with him, he moves away among other legs. Liam feels sad and his tears in his eyes. He gets irritated. He gets scared. He gets angry. He began to feel himself lost when he suddenly saw ... A yellow wooden giraffe! And next to the giraffe, the red shoes of Noah that jump and play around. And he saw dad's trousers and he strongly grabbed his leg. Dad's arms came down. And Liam raised his." Liam smiles looking all over Dad's shoulder and the market recovers life, voices and colors. Next stop, the library. Liam continues discovering the world.

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

Children value daring characters and those linked to their daily life. The story shows a daily scene, a safe space in which the youngest child explores and tests, in a controlled environment that allows him to challenge himself but also seek protection if he feels lost.

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The market

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

Meaning of childhood can be heterogeneous. If adults do not recognize ourselves in a single model, is there a unitary idea of what being a child means? Children are persons in development, who experience, who need space, who need to move, who need to challenge, who construct meanings from reality and fiction, with one foot in what they see and what they hear and the other in their imagination , which needs to give meaning to lots of things. Nurturing care is to respond timely and adequately to what the brains of babies expect. This means, the use of an appropriate language; if they express fear, help them; if they are thirsty, offer them water; celebrate their great advances in motor skills and accompany them in this process; Be attentive to their needs. We know that in the first years of life, just when we could believe that nothing was happening, everything happens (Thompson and Nelson,2001). The highest point for the acquisition and formation of language is at nine months of age.

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

I have never been to Philadelphia. Nevertheless, according to the information that I have been able to find, it constitutes a city with enough urban quality. Babies depend on an adult to take care of them, which is why, in order to offer the necessary conditions for an adequate early childhood development, it is so important to value and adequately care for the caregivers of these young children, who have a Quality environment, such as taking care of the spaces in which these children grow, giving them a safe, healthy and stimulating environment. We know that the moment of greatest impact of the immediate environment on infant brain development occurs in the growth stage (Charles Nelson).

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

One of the best ways to stimulate the language of children is through story telling or songs. The best way to do it is by direct contact of their caregivers, which strengthens the bond. Stories of daily life allow an internal connection with the experiences of children and offers opportunities for caregivers to establish quality conversations with the baby. In this story, the illustration must also offer resources to engage in specific conversations about the different scenes, describing the context, emotions and the scenario of each moment.

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Tell us more about you / your team

I am Spanish and I have been living in Peru for 12 years now. I am coordinator of programs in the Bernard van Leer Foundation, with headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands). I have been working in social development projects for almost 15 years. Early childhood development was an amazing discovery for me. How investment in early childhood is a measure to contribute to fight inequality and social exclusion is really my passion.

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 are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

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Great idea and well done. Best of luck.

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