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The Story of Jasmine the Jaguar

Jasmine's story is a story of staying happy and communicating to teach a positive lesson to children.

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Jasmine the Jaguar lives in a zoo. It’s a really big place with lots of things you can do.

Jasmine is happy because she sings and is on her way to a show. But other animals who have jobs of their own are not happy, and are feeling quite low.

Tim the Teaching Turtle wears a frown. “What’s wrong Tim?” Jasmine asks, looking down. “Oh Jasmine,” he says, “I explain to my students as many times as I can, but they still don’t understand!

Jasmine wonders what she can do. She did not want Tim to feel so blue! “Maybe there is another way. Try drawing it out so they know what to say!”

Genny The Guiding Giraffe hangs her head. “What’s wrong Genny?” Jasmine asks, stopping in her tread. “Oh Jasmine,” She says, “When I give my tour of the zoo, no one asks questions so I’m in a bad mood.”

Jasmine thinks long and hard about this one. Being in a bad mood is not very fun! “Don’t let those people get you down. Leave them with some happiness, and not more of a frown.”

Genny and Tim follow Jasmine’s advice and go with her to hear her song. It turns out, solving the problems did not take very long!

Jasmine reaches her show and sings to all of the zoo: “Sometimes people feel sad when they do what they do, but when you talk with care like me, you can make people happy too!”

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

This book is intended to promote language development skills in children while also teaching an underlying message of the effectiveness of communication. It is meant to be an entertaining story that makes kids want to read through it again and again so they learn something new every time.

Share your suggested book title

The Story of Jasmine the Jaguar

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).

Jasmine the Jaguar lives in a zoo. It’s a really big place with lots of things you can do. Jasmine is happy because she sings and is on her way to a show. But other animals who have jobs of their own are not happy, and are feeling quite low. Tim the Teaching Turtle wears a frown. “What’s wrong Tim?” Jasmine asks, looking down. “Oh Jasmine,” he says, “I explain to my students as many times as I can, but they still don’t understand! Jasmine wonders what she can do. She did not want Tim to feel so blue! “Maybe there is another way. Try drawing it out so they know what to say!” Genny The Guiding Giraffe hangs her head. “What’s wrong Genny?” Jasmine asks, stopping in her tread. “Oh Jasmine,” She says, “When I give my tour of the zoo, no one asks questions so I’m in a bad mood.” Jasmine thinks long and hard about this one. Being in a bad mood is not very fun! “Don’t let those people get you down. Leave them with some happiness, and not more of a frown.” Genny and Tim follow Jasmine’s advice and go with her to hear her song. It turns out, solving the problems did not take very long! Jasmine reaches her show and sings to all of the zoo: “Sometimes people feel sad when they do what they do, but when you talk with care like me, you can make people happy too!”

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

The point of this story is to be an educational book for children presented in a way that will make them want to learn and have a fun experience while doing it. There are several factors of "The Story of Jasmine the Jaguar" that will support this. One is the fact that it rhymes. Even if a child does not fully comprehend the words in the book the first time through, the bouncy rhythm will be a memorable pattern to the child that hopefully will inspire them to pick the book again. This story also uses strong imagery. Using animals as characters will encourage readers to discover things. Jaguars or Porcupines are not common in a baby's vocab, so it challenges them to learn new things in a realm in which they already have info (dog, cat, etc. is in the animal vocab). The validating message at the end, an encouraging assurance of "you can do it too", influences their thinking after reading the story. It is the perfect story to be read by an enthusiastic caregiver to inspire a young learner

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

I have visited Philly a few times before and have observed people walking in the street, seen the kind of hustle and bustle that goes on, the kinds of people that work there and who are present in the street, etc.

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

I wanted to use a zoo and different animals to represent the city of Philly and the diverse kinds of people that live there. Philly is a city with lots of working people. My story is meant to be a way to introduce the city to young kids as a way to introduce the kind of environment in which a lot of the young readers will be growing up. The Story of Jasmine the Jaguar is meant to teach kids that not everyone is always smiling in the big city or in other urban areas, but that doesn't mean they can't!

Location: Country

The United States of America

Location: State or Department

Permanent address is in New Jersey, however I am currently at school in upstate New York.

Location: City

Teaneck, New Jersey (permanent address) Clinton, New York (school address)

Tell us more about you / your team

My name is Kayla White. I am nineteen years old, I am a college student at Hamilton College and I am an aspiring writer. Naturally, I value the power of communication and learning and I think that any skills one can learn in these realms are valuable when taught at a young age. My connection with the partners and communities at the focus of this challenge is at the pure level of my love for children. Because of that, I really wanted to make this a fun story for them to love and share even with their kids when older to build those happy, nostalgic memories and always encourage learning.

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

I am interested in something colorful with the kind of illustration that looks like it was colored and drawn by colored pencils. I want the zoo to be portrayed at the wide view, so that details of the cages on the sides and paths in the middle convey the look of a city. The animals should be unique, kind of like caricatured versions of the real thing. The attached screenshots are examples of the kind of illustration I'm thinking of, specifically color and texture.

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)

  • My school posted an announcement to our academic site.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Good way to meet animals.
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

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