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Two Shoebies Save Loggerhead Lou

Engaging, fun, full of magical adventure for children and caregivers making reading again and again a joy.

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PollyWollyBoo, beach today, PollyWollyShoo, swim and play.

Whales tails, snickety snails, city to sea, just you and me.

Pack plenty of tacos and a fresh peach each.

Lunch safely stored in a shoebox, Sasha Rabbit and O’Dell Rat, two Philly

Shoebies, hop on the bus and off to sun, sand, red hot noses and ice cold

toeses.

Jersey Shore, waves thunder and roar. Skip in the surf, slosh in the sea.

Water’s a wonder, awash and a-rumble, a jumble of fun if you please.

“Look,” bellows BB the Buoy-boy, “Loggerhead Lou’s back from the South

Caribbean sea.”

OH NO! The turtle tumbles in a jangle-tangle of PollyWolly-propylene bags,

ragged ropes, and party balloons.

BG, the Buoy-girl, tugs.

The lines are too tight.

Sasha and O’Dell hurry to help.

They gnaw the nets. Bite the lines.

Loggerhead Lou paddles free.

Atop towering waves, he shouts “Gracias, mis amigos.”

Sasha sees a torn green sack plus two rubber bands.

It becomes a pony that nickers her name: Sashahaaha.


O’Dell bumps into a beach-ball bird that tweets: red skies tonight, sailor’s

delight.

Sharing tacos with new-found friends, O’Dell calls: PollyWollyBoo, free

Loggerhead Lou.

Sasha sings: PollyWollyShoo, turtle swims, water so blue. Whale’s tails and

snickety snails, City to Sea, just you and me.

BB pitches his peach to a surly gull.

Sasha and O’Dell nap on the tumble-bumble bus ride home.

BB and BG dream in the shoebox of beach-trash treasures.

Loggerhead Lou smiles.

Turtle Island is happy tonight.

I love water.

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

That children & caregiver enjoy the action , relate to the characters. Reading this story often discovering new aspects each time, reading again and again, Enjoy

Share your suggested book title

Two City Shoebies Save Loggerhead Lou

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).

1 PollyWollyBoo, beach today, PollyWollyShoo, swim and play. Whales tails, snickety snails, city to sea, just you and me. Pack plenty of tacos and a fresh peach each. Lunch safely stored in a shoebox, Sasha Rabbit and O’Dell Rat, two Philly Shoebies, hop on the bus and off to sun, sand, red hot noses and ice cold toeses. Jersey Shore, waves thunder and roar. Skip in the surf, slosh in the sea. Water’s a wonder, awash and a-rumble, a jumble of fun if you please. “Look,” bellows BB the Buoy-boy, “Loggerhead Lou’s back from the South Caribbean sea.” OH NO! The turtle tumbles in a jangle-tangle of PollyWolly-propylene bags, ragged ropes, and party balloons. BG, the Buoy-girl, tugs. The lines are too tight. Sasha and O’Dell hurry to help. They gnaw the nets. Bite the lines. Loggerhead Lou paddles free. Atop towering waves, he shouts “Gracias, mis amigos.” Sasha sees a torn green sack plus two rubber bands. It becomes a pony that nickers her name: Sashahaaha. 2 O’Dell bumps into a beach-ball bird that tweets: red skies tonight, sailor’s delight. Sharing tacos with new-found friends, O’Dell calls: PollyWollyBoo, free Loggerhead Lou. Sasha sings: PollyWollyShoo, turtle swims, water so blue. Whale’s tails and snickety snails, City to Sea, just you and me. BB pitches his peach to a surly gull. Sasha and O’Dell nap on the tumble-bumble bus ride home. BB and BG dream in the shoebox of beach-trash treasures. Loggerhead Lou smiles. Turtle Island is happy tonight. I love water.

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

Writing groups, collaboration with published children's authors, K4 literary coach, Librarians, And internet research, local publishing house with professional editors.

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

We have a friend from Philly who told us the story of the Shoebies, we enjoyed having the personal feel.

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

cities and urban area's have buses and we wanted to make it natural and a real way children in these areas might visit the sea and take home some of the joy of visiting the ocean and how we are all connected.

Location: Country

Lubec, Maine USA

Location: State or Department

Maine

Location: City

Lubec

Tell us more about you / your team

In our community we have visitors from all different parts of the country and world, we used these experiences to imagine what children might imagine as an adventure.

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

I have shared a dozen picture, I hope they give an idea of how we would love to have this book illustrated, we imagine it is 7 pages long in a board book (both sides making 14 sections) we conclude with the sign language for I love Water and the earth turtle island.

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

  • No

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

  • Publisher of charles Kniffens book/ sunbury Press

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi
just reaching out to the members of my team.
Did you make the Top Ten?

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Hi I was wondering because I heard nothing and they said they would contact everyone?

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Did you make it?

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No... I did not make it.
I was under the impression that the list would not be published and that only the Top 10 would get notice. So if we didn't get an email it means we were not successful.

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In this case what does the refinement phase mean for all of us ?

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
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Out of the 508 stories 10 have been picked.
These 10 will work too make the story better.
Out of these 10; 1 will be chosen for publishing and distribution.

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I really remember reading that everyone would be notified , weather they were picked or not? so if the two or three who have responded to me since the pick and none of your were notified , thinking you did not hear a no or a yes either? would be very easy to notify any and all of us with an email. wish they would, I do not understand. enjoy

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Would be much easier to place on the website.
The timeline bar has moved on though, indicating that all is on track.
But if you are correct then the silence doesn't make sense.

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I got my rejection email today.
Sometime tomorrow I shall be removing my entries.
Feel free to reach out to me via messenger at https://www.facebook.com/dawnnbooks

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how do we remove our entries? thanks will check your facebook, best to you and your endeavors, truly

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Click "EDIT"
Scroll to the very bottom of the page.
The delete option is just about the black part of the page.
Hope that helps.

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Photo of Dawnnbooks .
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Through the use of Loggerhead Lou (nice name) toddlers start the learn about the environment and marine life.
A day at the beach!!! They will certainly enjoy.

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thank you, down to the wire, the process has been amazing just learning from so many folks in this group , some really great stories, best of luck!