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Waiting for You

An allegory about a mother's anticipation for her baby's birth and excitement to experience the world together.

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At sunrise,

the blue jay wakes. 

She counts 1, 2, 3 eggs. 

She may wait a little while longer, but it will be marvelous. 


She flies to the fountain for her morning bath. 

Listen. Ruff. Ruff.

Four puppies jump in to play.

Everyone is happy under the sun.

It’s only for a little while, and it’s marvelous. 


She flies down Broad Street to see more. 

At the bakery, people wait for fresh bread and buns.

Smell. Yumm. Yumm.
Time for breakfast. 

It may be a little while longer, but it will be marvelous. 

 

She rests on a tree branch and takes a nap.

Nearby, a man in a hat reads his book, eats his toast, and sips his tea.

He leaves a little bread crumb on the seat. 

Wake up, blue jay. 

It’s time to eat. 

 

After lunch, she flies to the city zoo. 

Children look and laugh, while animals play Peekaboo. 

Look. Everyone is having fun. 

It’s only for a little while, and it’s marvelous. 


The sun is setting. The air is cold. 

There is a bus stop outside the grocery store.

People wait with bags of fruits to go home and eat dinner soon. 

Listen. Pitter Patter.

Rain falls. 

It may be a little while longer, but it will be marvelous. 


The blue jay returns home as well. 

1, 2, 3 eggs she counts. 

She will wait until tomorrow. 

It’s only for a little while longer, and it will be marvelous. 

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

My vision for “Waiting for You” is to draw parallels to a parent’s love and excitement for their child to be born and see the world while finding joy in small things, even in waiting. The hope is that through reading, perhaps a child may one day, ask “What are you waiting for mommy or daddy”, and the parents can further affirm their love for the child by answering “I’ve been waiting for you”.

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Waiting for You

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

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

By highlighting the various points of interest such as the fountain, Broad street, bakery, city zoo, grocery store, and bus stop offers the caregiver opportunity to teach, repeat and apply these vocabulary terms when they are out of the house and exploring the city. The direct benefits are deepening the relational bond and supporting the child in learning and making sense of the urban environment around him/her.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

California

Location: City

Millbrae

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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)

  • 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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Waiting for You Manuscript Submission Answers.pdf

Answers to the 2 questions: 1) How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? 2) Tell us more about you/your team.

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Great job. Best of luck.

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