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The Rhythm of My Street

An introduction to counting via the sights, sounds, and feel of a dynamic urban street.

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THE RHYTHM OF MY STREET

By Janice M. Yuwiler


One bus rumbling down the street.

Two boys boogying to the beat.

Three dogs search for something to eat.

Four friends share a single seat.

Five babies playing with their feet.

Six windows hold a flapping sheet.

Seven teens share a birthday treat.

Eight cats rub against those they meet.

Nine neighbors gather in the heat.

Ten trees shade the hot concrete.

I love the rhythm of our street.

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

A fun, rhythmic read that introduces numbers and the concept of counting via the activities of a dynamic urban street. The story is designed to be interactive, with a re-appearing character on each page of the book that encourages the parent and child to examine and discuss the illustrations and build their own narrative to augment and personalize that of the story.

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The Rhythm of My Street

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 RHYTHM OF MY STREET By Janice M. Yuwiler One bus rumbling down the street. Two boys boogying to the beat. Three dogs search for something to eat. Four friends share a single seat. Five babies playing with their feet. Six windows hold a flapping sheet. Seven teens share a birthday treat. Eight cats rub against those they meet. Nine neighbors gather in the heat. Ten trees shade the hot concrete. I love the rhythm of our street.

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

The story uses rhyme to create a rhythm that pulls the reader through the story. The predictable nature of the rhyme helps young children remember and anticipate what comes next in the story, making the story more interactive. The introduction of numbers paired with common activities, helps a child understand the concept of numbers. And in this case the activities center around the child's street, helping the child grasp their connection with their community and how they fit into their world. I envision illustrations that are rich and detailed including other things happening on the street and a character (mouse or bird or ??) that appears on every page encouraging the parent and child to search and look for the repeating image and to point out and discuss what's happening in the illustrations. This makes reading the story more interactive and personal, builds the relationship between parent and child, and reinforces the child's imagination.

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

I've visited Philadelphia, stayed with cousins, and still have relatives who live there.

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

The story focuses on the people, animals, and objects frequently found on an urban street. It sets the stage for illustrations that depict a dynamic urban environment and can showcase the diversity and urban architecture of Philadelphia.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

San Diego

Website URL (optional question)

www.janiceyuwiler.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am Regional Advisor Emeritus of the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a published children's book author. I believe in the power of books to change the world and the importance of stories that both mirror a child's world and provide windows into the experiences of others.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Yuwiler, JM. What is Self-Injury Disorder? Reference Point Press, 2016 Yuwiler, JM. Diabetes. Reference Point Press, 2010 Yuwiler, JM. “Celebrate Hanukkah with a Game,” Highlights for Children, Dec 2008 Yuwiler, JM. Great Medical Discoveries: Insulin. Lucent Books, 2005 Yuwiler, JM. Family Violence. Lucent Books, 2004 Yuwiler, JM. “A Great Miracle,” Spider Magazine, Dec 2004 Yuwiler, JM. “Make a Hannukkiya – a Hannukkah Menorah,” Highlights for Children Magazine 2003 see website

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
  • My writer's critique group

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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I like the zippy rhythm and the way you got counting into it.

Photo of Janice Yuwiler
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Thanks Dee. Nice to hear that the rhythm worked for you. Also glad to see some of your work entered in the Challenge. I noticed you formed a team around one of your pieces. Was that based on those who'd addressed a similar issue?

Reading through the submissions now (I couldn't figure out how to join the community before I posted), it's been interesting to see how many of us have written about similar issues/settings/topics. Makes sense in that we're all answering the same challenge, but fun and wonderful to see just how many different approaches there are.

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