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Turtle Dreams a Sweet-tweet

Kids and caregivers will love this story, and read it again and again! It tells one of Turtle's sweet dream. Turtle has two wings,but....

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Turtle sleeps in a dream.

He gets two beautiful wings.

What is everyone screaming?

“Be careful! Turtles cannot fly.”


Pink Birds are telling Turtle,

“You can fly with those wings.”

Turtle is so afraid and stands still.

Is that ok? Can a turtle ever fly?


Turtle hears wind speaking,

“I hold you. Let’s swing together.”

Swing, swing, slow swing,

fast swing with soft wind.


Up to the high in the sky.

Down to a beautiful park.

Above a lake near a river.

What a wonderful swing!


Turtle sees a duckling crying.

"Why is that duckling upset?"

"Does she need a real friend?"

“Let’s swing to that pond "


Turtle takes off the wings.

He quickly jumps into the water.

Swim, swim, slow swim,

fast swim close to Duckling.


Turtle asks the little duckling,

“What can I do for you, sweetie?”

Duckling is crying even louder,

“Mommy, I lost my way home.”


“You are not alone. Duckling!”

“I can help. Pink Birds can help.”

Duckling stops crying and smiles.

“It is so kind of you able to help!”


Turtle holds Duckling up,

He puts Duckling on the back.

Where can they find Mom Duck?

In the pond? But no duck around.


Pink Birds fly above the pond,

What are they tweeting now?

“Please help! We need to find,

'Where is Mommy Duck?'”


All the birds hear it and start tweeting

Tweet---tweeet---tweeeeet---Tweeeeeeet.

Do they really wake up Turtle? Yes. Too Loud!

Turtle sees Pink Birds tweeting as a music band.

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

The little kids love this fantasy story because it can greatly inspire them and feed their wonder. Some beautiful Philadelphia’s historic scenery sites will be illustrated sinceTurtle’s dream happens in Philadelphia! which can bring caregivers and little ones real connections with Turtle’s flying adventure and see the beauty of the city, also, the story tells how good friendship and kindness works. I adopt most daily conversational sentences with over 60 tier1&2 words in repetition and rhythm

Share your suggested book title

Turtle Dreams a Sweet-tweet---- It is a lovely story about Turtle's dream. Three Pink Birds are all the way with him and give him a lot of courage and help. I cut the 3D design of 'Turtle in the dream' and Pink Birds, which are my paper art work. I illustrated them by photoshop. Also, I created the word 'Sweet-tweet :-). After reading the whole story, people can understand why. ;-)

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).

Turtle sleeps in a dream. He gets two beautiful wings. What is everyone screaming? “Be careful! Turtles cannot fly.” Pink Birds are telling Turtle, “You can fly with those wings.” Turtle is so afraid and stands still. Is that ok? Can a turtle ever fly? Turtle hears wind speaking, “I hold you. Let’s swing together.” Swing, swing, slow swing, fast swing with soft wind. Up to the high in the sky. Down to a beautiful park. Above a lake near a river. What a wonderful swing! Turtle sees a duckling crying. "Why is that duckling upset?" "Does she need a real friend?" “Let’s swing to that pond " Turtle takes off the wings. He quickly jumps into the water. Swim, swim, slow swim, fast swim close to Duckling. Turtle asks the little duckling, “What can I do for you, sweetie?” Duckling is crying even louder, “Mommy, I lost my way home.” “You are not alone. Duckling!” “I can help. Pink Birds can help.” Duckling stops crying and smiles. “It is so kind of you able to help!” Turtle holds Duckling up, He puts Duckling on the back. Where can they find Mom Duck? In the pond? But no duck around. Pink Birds fly above the pond, What are they tweeting now? “Please help! We need to find, 'Where is Mommy Duck?'” All the birds hear it and start tweeting Tweet---tweeet---tweeeeet---Tweeeeeeet. Do they really wake up Turtle? Yes. Too Loud! Turtle sees Pink Birds tweeting as a music band.

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

Turtles, squirrels, ducks and birds are very common animals everywhere we see them in the yards of urban areas, like Philodelphia and other USA big cities, which can be directly linked to daily life talking. 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, a lot of caring and loving emotional expressions and questions(majority words are from tiers 1&2) and 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 of friendship with true love and caring can create strong emotional impact and a lovely bonding between children and parents/caregivers .

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 teaching job offered by a school in Philadelphia 10 years ago! I love to learn more about this 1st city which ever announced the Independence of the USA. I belong to a very active online book club located in Philadelphia, and joined them 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 city 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)

Parents in unban contexts are busy with jobs. Caregivers/grandparents usually look after a child, but, they most are new immigrants with limited English communication skills or lack of imaginative ideas. My fantasy stories are enjoyable to them. I adopt high volume daily conversational sentences which cover the most vocabulary from tiers 1&2, and keep repetitive with rhythm, which help improve their daily conversational skills while reading to a child. The illustrations are adopted from the real historic scenery sites in Philadelphia. Such as, the Independence Hall, Fairmount Park… which can build the great emotional intimacy to the words and language they use from the stories.

Location: Country

the United States

Location: State or Department

IL

Location: City

Chicago

Website URL (optional question)

This site featuring my art work Pink Pig, which is an important figure in my story 'Turtle is Loved' https://www.papercutters.org/resources/Documents/First%20Cut%20February%202019.pdfhis public art

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)

A Magic Rainbow Pen is another stand-alone story of Butterfly series It is telling a fantasy story that Bunny came from the Moon. He lost the key to go back to the Moon…It will provide parents /caregivers/educators a lot of fun ways to enjoyably engage the child in stories with meaningful conversations and simple interactive fun games and crafts. This series will also bring a lot of imagination and wonder to little ones, which may greatly stimulate the child’s innovative sense and skills.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

1) Rooster Series: Playing Soccer 2) Halloween Plans

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • William Penn Foundation website / social media
  • SCBWI

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Photo of Itika Gupta
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Hi LucyP Liu  Welcome to the Challenge Community!
Very lovely story, amazing to see your manuscript touch upon so many emotions like love, empathy, dreaming and everything in between.
How might you evolve your manuscript to introduce new nudges of engagement and interaction for caregivers, to help them with their child’s learning development as they narrate the story? You can find some inspiration in the Final Toolkit and Challenge Resources listed on the challenge page

Photo of LucyP Liu
Team

Thank you, dear Itika!!
Great!!
I am almost done with all the readings and will plug them into it.

Photo of LucyP Liu
Team

Dear Itika,
Please help me correct it.
I just saw my profile page, and saw something strange I never put in 'Location" with that way. Those must be Korean or Japanese symbols. They showed up in my profile page.
I have been a resident in Chicago, IL, USA for about 10 years, and have been teaching in the States for decades. So I put my location ---Chicago, IL. I have no idea why now I saw those strange figures made up there in my profile page.

Photo of LucyP Liu
Team

Thank you in advance, Itika!

Best,
Lucy

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