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Turtle is Loved

Turtle fell and broke one arm badly, but Turtle felt so loved since his friends came and showed how much they cared about him.

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OUCH!

Turtle is in pain. His arm is broken.

Turtle is in bed. Help him, please!

Turtle is in need. Hurry up, please!

Dr. Panda comes to help all around,

PITY!

The pain stops thanks to the doctor.

Turtle needs rest for a good healing.

Dr. Panda is gone. Turtle is alone.

He talks to Chair, “I miss my friends.”

SURPRISE!

Yellow Chair is sparling with soft sound.

One sparkle, two sparkles…flying around.

Turtle hears a voice, “You are not alone.”

“Surprise!” Fairy is here, dancing along.

SMILE!

Turtle hears Fairy, “Your dream’s coming.”

 A magic door is open. Here comes Bunny,

 holding an apple to tell him ” Be Cool!”

 Bunny smiles and smiles, “True friends care.”

SMILE!

Here comes Squirrel, another friend.

with grapes in hands,  What a gift!

Grapes are always Turtle’s favorite.

Love your friend, give what he loves.

SMILE!

Here is coming another friend Pig.

Pig has a big smile with beautiful pink.

Pink Pig asks, “Guess, who are here?”

I would guess, "Is that also with pink?"

SMILE!

You are right! Pink Birds are here.

They love singing and dancing for Turtle.

Tweet—tweet—tweet ---sweet tweet….

Turtle falls asleep with a sweet tweet.

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

I have used key words of expressing emotions, such as " OUCH!" " SMILE!" for parents/caregivers to make sounds and make facial expressions to stimulate little kids' brain and emotional movements. Kids can get more excited and deeply engaged to watch while listening to the story.

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Turtle is Loved---Turtle fell and broke his arm badly. Turtle’s physical pain is healed by Dr. Panda. But Turtle's emotional pain of being alone and missing friends is essential. (In this situation, usually, younger children are very venerable of being alone in pain. We parents and caregivers need to take very good care of the child’s emotional health). So Fairy comes full of compassion to comfort his friend Turtle. All the friends come and show how much they care, which make Turte feels loved

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).

OUCH! Turtle is in pain. His arm is broken. Turtle is in bed. Help him, please! Turtle is in need. Hurry up, please! Dr. Panda comes to help all around, PITY! The pain stops thanks to the doctor. Turtle needs rest for a good healing. Dr. Panda is gone. Turtle is alone. He talks to Chair, “I miss my friends.” SURPRISE! Yellow Chair is sparling with soft sound. One sparkle, two sparkles…flying around. Turtle hears a voice, “You are not alone.” “Surprise!” Fairy is here, dancing along. SMILE! Turtle hears Fairy, “Your dream’s coming.” A magic door is open. Here comes Bunny, holding an apple to tell him ” Be Cool!” Bunny smiles and smiles, “True friends care.” SMILE! Here comes Squirrel, another friend. with grapes in hands, What a gift! Grapes are always Turtle’s favorite. Love your friend, give what he loves. SMILE! Here is coming another friend Pig. Pig has a big smile with beautiful pink. Pink Pig asks, “Guess, who are here?” I would guess, if it is in the pink? SMILE! You are right! Pink Birds are here. They love singing and dancing for Turtle. Tweet—tweet—tweet ---sweet tweet…. Turtle falls asleep with a sweet tweet.

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

The adorable figures with animals Turtle, Squirrel, Bunny, Pink Birds are very popular to see everywhere if people live in the urban ares, like Philodelphia and other USA big cities, those can be directly linked to daily talk. As Mr. Rogers talks about that children see and wonder about their surroundings and encourages the adults in their lives to actively respond to this wonder. Also, I got inspiration from http://talkingisteaching.org/. talking and reading to a baby is not always easy since it needs a lot of fun tips. In my manuscript, I use emotional words as OUCH..., and questions..., smooth rhythm since children love reading aloud in rhythm and feel great fun to read again and again. Especially, To read this story as singing a popular rap song can fully excite both caregiver and a little one. This story is about friendship with loving feelings, which creates strong emotional impact and a lovely bonding between children and caregivers or parents. Majority words are from tiers 1&2

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

How could I not be too excited!? I almost got a job offer in Philadelphia about 10 years ago since I want to know more about the first city announced the Independence of the USA.I also belong to a very active online book club located in Philadelphia. I joined them about three years ago. There are 52 people in the club. We read every day, and always enjoy all the good thoughts and knowledge. For many times, they invite me and I would love to join some great events and visit that beautiful place and beautiful people, but not able to make it. I feel this Early Childhood Book Challenge just tailor-designed for my little early childhood books! :-),and will make my dream true.

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

I have read a lot about the research fact by James J. Heckman at https://heckmanequation.org/resource/the-case-for-investing-in-disadvantaged-young-children/ ) Dr Hechman has claimed "Families play a powerful role in shaping adult outcomes." I also agree that parents/foster parents and caregivers always are 'the 1st teacher' to a child. Especially, if ask, who plays the top #1 role to a child at early childhood development? The answer is; “Our parents.” But we know most of the parents in unban are too busy. Caregivers and grandparents( most new immigrants) are always with little ones. They need many skills to help the little ones, so my books give great attention for them and little one

Location: Country

The United States

Location: State or Department

Illinois

Location: City

Chicago

Website URL (optional question)

This link of First Cut fituring my art work of Pink Pig, which is an important figure from the story Turtle is Loved, Please copy and paste the link, it will lead you there. https://www.papercutters.org/resources/Documents/First%20Cut%20February%202019.pdf

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a member of writer and illustrator in SCBWI( Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). I have been a language teacher to enjoy teaching children for 2 decades with my art skills. I hold an IL Paraprofessional Educator license. I have done a lot of research since 1992, hands-on work with 0-6 y/o kids at early child language development and healthy emotion development through homeschooling programs. I am amazed that children’s brain from 0-3 years is as powerful as a sponge, and it absorbs any languages much faster than any other ages. I believe that the best age to start reading is from 0-3 years old, but not easy to find these sorts of fun picture books. Since 2014, I have been focusing on writing for 0-3 years old and caregiver/parents , self-published a few, but still looking for the best platform to publish more. I am also an ‘Artist in Residence’ at Heritage Museum of Asian Art, Chicago, IL, as well as, a member of GAP(the Guild of American Paper cutters), PA.

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

This Rooster series tells about friendship in team work. It talks about Rooster's favorite ball is kicked into a very deep huge jar. All his friends are coming to invest how to get the ball out. Each one tries their own 'smart' way to get the ball...but does not work it out. Finally, a white bird has an idea. They follow his way and get the ball. This series story includes a lot of science knowledge. Caregivers and kids can really entertain some hands-on exciting science experiments.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

1)Playing Soccer (1) 2)Halloween Plans(1)

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • From the link through SCBWI since I am a member of this organization.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Love is never boring! Beautiful message is conveyed through a fun way. Great job Lucy!

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