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The Mirror of Life

The mirror of life combines fun, interaction with caregivers, culture, diversity, and a sense of community in Philadelphia.

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

My true intention for this piece was to create a book that the young child can grow into. Caregivers can share the joy of close interactions, and it is an ideal time to teach young children about the history and of all the fun things there are to do in the city.

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).

THE MIRROR OF LIFE Look at me, look at me, I am waving at you, Will you wave back at me? Can we play a numbers game? 1,2,3,4, Count to 10 then let out a roar! Can you touch your nose? Can you touch your toes? Or stand on one leg? End up in a huddle, and climb on a lap for a cuddle? We should go to the park and sit on a seat, Yum, yum, yum, what would you like to eat? A Philly cheesesteak, burger and bun, Or a roast pork sandwich to fill our tum. Can we take a stroll in our neighbourhood? If we see people we know that would be good. We could say hello, or howdie mate, People are all colours of the rainbow, isn’t that great? My friends are from Africa, Mexico and India too, Maybe we can all take a trip to the zoo? I want to learn about times old and new, There’s lots of things for us to do. Go to the puppet show, play giant chess, Disappear down the rabbit hole or visit T-Rex. Museums are great with lots to show you, I want to run up the steps like Rocky Balboa, Show some brotherly love, that would be swell On the 4th July, celebrate our Liberty and ring that bell! I love to run, I love to jump, I love basketball Stomp, Stomp, Stomp. I love stories, can I sit on your knee? Grandma, what will you read to me?

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

It became apparent to me through reading the articles and listening to the podcasts, that the most important factor was how important it is for caregivers to interact with a child in a fun and positive way. Using a certain rhythm and rhyme, I felt it brought a fun element to the piece, and together with some activities that child and caregiver could take part in, this would enhance the relationship between adult and child. By mentioning some of the history of Philadelphia, my theory behind this was that this could then be shared, i.e a visit to the puppet show, museums, and other various attractions, which would then make the book more special over time. This child would be able to relate to the book in their everyday way of life and would hopefully become a favourite. The book opens up opportunities for the caregivers to introduce the child to different topics, for example, explain the multicultural society they live in. This is the reason for the title of the book "Mirror of Life".

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

All research was done online by looking at websites to see what families like to do in their city. I live in the UK and have visited the USA many times. Maybe one day I will visit Philadelphia on my travels!

Location: Country

I live in a large village called Hook in a county called Hampshire in the United Kingdom.

Location: State or Department

Hampshire UK

Location: City

Hook, Hampshire, 40 miles west of London

Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a new Author whose first book was published in November 2018. The book is for young children in the age range of 3-8 years old. "What's Wrong Arty?, is a therapeutic adventure for young children to encourage them to talk about things that worry them. Ideal for parents, teachers, therapists, educational psychologists and anyone who works with young children. I was shocked to learn that children of primary school age were suffering with mental health issues and wanted to do something to help. I heard about this competition through the society to which I belong, SCBWI.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

What's Wrong Arty? published by Austin Macauley

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)


What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I am a self employed Author


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Photo of Robyn Campbell

Great job! Good luck!

Photo of Linda Beckett

Thanks very much Robyn for the support. Glad you liked it!

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