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Wake Up City

A day in the city full of moving feet and busy streets is extra sweet when you share a smile and hold my hand.

Photo of Patricia Kreiser
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Wake up with the morning sun!

Rise and shine, let’s find some fun!


Down the stairs, out on the street

Look at all the moving feet!



Big tall buildings touch the sky.

Where do all the pigeons fly?


Red means stop and green means go.

Garbage trucks can move too slow.


A trolley’s coming down the tracks.

Watch out for the sidewalk cracks!


Hiss! The bus comes to our stop.

Take a ride downtown to shop.


We can sit, but some will stand

Share a smile, hold my hand.


Big and little, short and tall,

We can watch the traffic crawl.


There’s a yellow taxi car.

Screech, hiss! Here we are!


Cool green grass and shady trees,

Where puppy dogs chase bumble bees.


Ice cream man stops his truck.

We have bread crumbs for the duck.


Lunch is from the pretzel stand.

Share a smile, hold my hand.


Pitter, patter, drips the rain.

Swoosh! Here comes the uptown train


Bong! Bong! Clackety Clack!

The train goes rocking down the track.


At the stop, musicians play

It’s been a very happy day.


Splash in puddles, get all wet.

Now the sun begins to set.



Street lights shine and windows glow,

From pretty houses in a row.


Neighbors sitting on the stoop

Let’s go inside to have some soup.


Bubbles filling up the tub,

Everybody gets a scrub.


Turn out the light upon the stand,

Share a smile, hold my hand.

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

Discovery is the best part of sharing a picture book with a little one. I envision a book in which the illustrations are full of all sorts of fun things to find and see.

Share your suggested book title

Wake Up City

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).

Wake up with the morning sun! Rise and shine, let’s find some fun! Down the stairs, out on the street Look at all the moving feet! Big tall buildings touch the sky. Where do all the pigeons fly? Red means stop and green means go. Garbage trucks can move too slow. A trolley’s coming down the tracks. Watch out for the sidewalk cracks! Hiss! The bus comes to our stop. Take a ride downtown to shop. We can sit, but some will stand Share a smile, hold my hand. Big and little, short and tall, We can watch the traffic crawl. There’s a yellow taxi car. Screech, hiss! Here we are! Cool green grass and shady trees, Where puppy dogs chase bumble bees. Ice cream man stops his truck. We have bread crumbs for the duck. Lunch is from the pretzel stand. Share a smile, hold my hand. Pitter, patter, drips the rain. Swoosh! Here comes the uptown train Bong! Bong! Clackety Clack! The train goes rocking down the track. At the stop, musicians play It’s been a very happy day. Splash in puddles, get all wet. Now the sun begins to set. Street lights shine and windows glow, From pretty houses in a row. Neighbors sitting on the stoop Let’s go inside to have some soup. Bubbles filling up the tub, Everybody gets a scrub. Turn out the light upon the stand, Share a smile, hold my hand.

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

Tier 1 words are used as well as rhythm and rhyme to reinforce a positive reading and listening experience. Research was done into these words as well as viewing the videos in the resources provided. Of particular note was the Ted Talk given by Dr. Alison Gopnik, reinforcing my view that we should encourage children's thinking, not talk down to them. The Beginning of Life series reminded me that the person holding the childs hand in my story could be anyone.. a big sister, a mother, a father, a grand parent. This can be different for each child, but the common thread is the desire to share closeness, and to want the child to succeed. It is the triangular give and take between what is on the page, the reader, and the child that makes the early reading experience rich. The positive and powerful early experiences will affect the child's attitude toward learning for a lifetime.

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

I am an author/illustrator living in the Philadelphia suburbs. I raised my kids visiting all of the highlights, the Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, Art Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, and many more. Even as I did these I was acutely aware that not all children have these opportunities to enjoy their city the way we did. Therefore, I tried to focus my manuscript on many common city features, with the assumption that the illustrator could fill in with Philadelphia specific landmarks.

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

Fun is where you find it is an expression I used with my kids growing up. Sometimes our environment becomes routine and mundane, but if children in the urban setting enjoy finding things around them that they've seen in my book, that would be delightful!

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

Ardmore

Website URL (optional question)

www.patriciakreiser.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am an pre- published author illustrator living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Although I would enjoy illustrating this story very much, I understand that this is an editorial decision. I love creating picture stories that mostly feature animals, but I also enjoy diving into the intricate detail of representational work. Watercolors are my favorite medium, but my versatility extends to oils, scratchboard, pastel, and mixed media. I have a BFA from Pratt institute where she majored in illustration. Accolades include the 2016 SCBWI BIG shortlist gallery, acceptance to the Rutgers University Council On Children’s Literature conference in both 2014 and 2015. Originally from central Pennsylvania, I now reside with my family in the Philadelphia suburbs. I am looking forward to my debut in children publishing, and sharing her picture stories with everyone!

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

I would love to illustrate this book per my attached portfolio web site, however I understand that this is purely an editorial/art director decision.

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

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • Previously yes, currently 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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You did a great job rhyming! I know how challenging it can be, and you rocked it!

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