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Tommy the Cat.

Tommy the cat is a colorful sing and read along, educational book, for caregivers and children 0-3 years old.

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Tommy the cat sits on the blue mat. (Illustration)

Tommy the cat catches the fat rat.

Tommy the cat loves to eat cheese.

Tommy the cat sings his song alas!

1, 2, 3, 4, I love cheese,

5, 6, 7, 8, I want some milk;

9 and 10, please give me some treats.

Tommy the cat sees a green Lizard. (Illustration)

He runs to catch it.

Tommy the cat is smart.

He loves my purple blanket.

He plays with my black knitting thread.

Tommy the cat sings a new song.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G,

 H, I, J, k, L, M, N, O, P, 

Q, R. S, T, U, V, 

 W, X, Y, and Z,

Now I know my ABC,

Come along and sing with me.

Tommy the cat loves the park!

He puts on his white winter jacket.

He races me to the park.

Tommy the cat makes a snow angel. (Illustration)

We sing along: (Illustration)

I swing and slide,

I make a white snow man.

It is snowing, 

It is snowing,

Can’t you see?

Can't you see?

Falling down from the sky,

Falling down from the sky,

White snowflakes,

White snowflakes.

Tommy the cat, is very tired,

 And ready for his bed,

But first he stretches, meows,

 Sits on my lap,

Drinks some milk,

And he brushes his teeth.

 Tommy and I sing, The Good Night Song.

Good night, Good night,

Have a restful night.

Please say you prayers,

To God who loves you dear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Reading together with an adult, the child learns numbers, colors and Alphabet in a sing and read along way. The illustrations are colorful, exciting and familiar for the child, and the sing-along music, will be included in the book.

Share your suggested book title

Tommy the Cat.

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).

Tommy the cat sits on the blue mat. (Illustration) Tommy the cat catches the fat rat. Tommy the cat loves to eat cheese. Tommy the cat sings his song alas! 1, 2, 3, 4, I love cheese, 5, 6, 7, 8, I want some milk; 9 and 10, please give me some treats. Tommy the cat sees a green Lizard,. (Illustration) He runs to catch it. Tommy the cat is smart. He loves my purple blanket. He plays with my black knitting thread. Tommy the cat sings a new song. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, k, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R. S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, Now I know my ABC, Come along and sing wirh me. Tommy the cat loves the park! He puts on his white winter jacket. He races me to the park. (Illustration) Tommy the cat makes a snow angel. We sing along: (Illustration) I swing and slide, I make a snowman. It is snowing, It is snowing, Can’t you see? Can’t you see? Falling down from the sky, Falling down from the sky, White snowflakes, White snowflakes. Tommy the cat, is very tired, And ready for his bed, But first he stretches, meows, Sits on my lap, Drinks some milk, And he brushes his teeth. Tommy and I sing, The Good Night Song. Good night, Good night, Have a restful night. Please say your prayers, To God who loves you dear.

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

I agree that, "Children learn more between the ages of 0-3 years than ever again in their lives;" and therefore, I have created this colorful, fun, sing-along, educational book, to help caregivers be creative as they assist toddlers and infants while having fun together. The language also is very simple, and the character sketches, as well as the songs and colors, help with the language development for caregivers. Tier 1 vocabulary is also used. Because of the pictures and colors the book is not abstract and the children can learn faster and have more fun learning. From Early Childhood Development List: Watched: Learning and Development of Toddlers. I familiarized myself with, UNICEF Early Development Read: Milestones of Early Literacy Development, Dear Mr. Rodgers, Does it Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood? before I put this manuscript together and also asked for feedback from the Early Childhood Unit in my country, and from teachers and caregivers of Early Childhood Centers.

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

I visited Philly once and I loved the green grass, and the lovely trees and the sun at dusk, was just a beauty to behold. The parks created a serene atmosphere for a nice picnic. The residents were nice and their smiling faces, some of them, gladdened your heart.

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

I have crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/ or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts; and it is relative to other contexts as well. I am quite sure that this manuscript will help readers with easy to read words and as a means of helping toddlers and infants with the knowledge they need as beginners. The sing along music will help them remember too, as they learn more than ever in their lives at this age. I think this is important so that the child is able to relate to the story from the perspective of where she/he lives or his/her surroundings. The child must be able to feel and live the story and therefore the content of the story gives that experience.

Location: Country

Saint Lucia

Location: State or Department

Degazon

Location: City

Grande Riviere, Gros Islet

Website URL (optional question)

YouTube and Google.

Tell us more about you / your team

I am Perlina Murray, a Saint Lucian, Poet and Author. As a former Early Childhood Teacher, I have access to all kinds of networks for kids and when a friend from the Saint Lucia Writers Forum, of which I am vice President, posted the challenge I could not resist. I wanted to do something special and meaningful, educational and inclusive to both infants, toddlers and Early Child hood Care Givers. I wanted it to be fun and exciting and something the kids can relate to and therefore, I created, Tommy the cat, a read, and sing along story book that is inclusive so children can engage in with their caregivers. As I focused on this challenge, I connected with the partners by using the site and navigating through the "Learning center for Learning Development of Toddlers, site and that helped with the creation of my though process in developing this manuscript.

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

Tommy the cat.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Stella's Back intown, As if on Wings.

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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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Everyone sit tight as the shortlist is in a few hours. All best everyone.

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Tommy the Cat is a manuscript kids I have read to mmare asking for. Love that they love it.

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I am happy that many readers especially children are content with this manuscript.

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I plan to do as much as I can.

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How is it Perlina, we are asked to comment on each others stories until the process is done. I plan to do a few.

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As this submission phase ends I want to applaud all who took part and those who mentored me and the others Thank you for the wxperience which brought out more of my creativity and helped me grow. I enjoy my time with this community and will always remember this community. Best of luck to us all.

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A lot of repetition. Best of luck!

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Thank you much. To you too.

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Dear Team Member...
It's only hours now until the close of submissions.
Still time for the last minute polish.
There are some really strong stories among the almost 400 entrees.
Good luck to us all.

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Yes

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It sure is.

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Thank you much. I want it to be a learning experience and fun too. I am glad you think so. Happy they will.

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I enjoyed reading this. I can see my students enjoying it also. Good Job

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I see I have been added to you Team.
I am honoured.

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Yes. You welcomed. I love having you.

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You welcomed

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Sure

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I think that you should stick to fewer concepts. In this way, you are better able to reach the child in this age group.

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Thank you.

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I see you still at it. Did you try what I suggested

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Yes

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okay teammate .

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Hi again Perlina, I love the gist of this piece and as I've said, indeed it is nice. But is it possible to get some more rhymes hence making the rhythm more catchy.
Example: Tommy the cat sees a green Lizard,
So he runs to catch it, oh that hazard

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A great way to improve and revise your work is through connecting with others and receiving feedback. Ashanti Antonio Prescott  is another storyteller who is also exploring an educational story for the challenge. I encourage you both to provide a couple of lines of feedback to one another’s manuscript submissions through the comments section to support the refinement of your work!

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Thank you. Great idea.

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Thanks for adding me to the team. I'll collaborate as much as I can

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Cool

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Perlina, good effort, keep up the good work. Keep believing as you continue improve

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Thank you, much.

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You are welcome

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As of 10th March there are now five Saint Lucians in the comeptition. Good luck to us all.

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Thank you! Same to you.

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Good job

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Way to go, my girl. And thanks for the encouragement.

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Thank you, dear. You most welcomed.

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Hi thanks for adding me to your team. I think Tommy can have other adventures too.

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Welcomed. Was looking for the entire Dawnnbooks. Got it.

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Good effort Perlina. Nice to have Saint Lucia so well represented.

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Thank you Dawn. Good job yourself.

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Hi Perlina Murray  welcome to the Challenge Community!
Its such a power packed manuscript you have. It is amazing to see how you've covered so many aspects of childhood learning, ranging from colors to alphabets to objects etc in one single story.
A lot of early childhood experts talk about the power of rhythms and tag lines to make a story book memorable for children from 0-3 yrs of age. How do you think you can refine your story to make it more musical for little kids ? You can refer to our resources on "Writing for Early Childhood" listed on the challenge page for some inspiration.

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First of all thank you for your interest and constructive criticism. I can refine this story to make it more musical for children by making some of the lines musical and adding a phrase after the Alphabet, which is what I have done. Please continue to guide and inspire. I think you.