One baby snuggled as close as can be. What do you see?
[Imagery: Baby on mum's chest]
Two mums catch the bus to the library. What do you see?
[Imagery: Children on mum's laps looking out the window, on way to Free Library]
Three dads meet at the park. Wheee! What do you see?
[Imagery: Wooden slide at Smith Memorial Playground or another park in Philadelphia]
Four grandparents share afternoon tea. What do you see?
[Imagery: Typical family kitchen, kids helping prepare it and making a mess]
Five little ones splash. Don’t wet me! What do you see?
[Imagery: Children splashing in Love Park]
Six aunties come to visit my family. What do you see?
[Imagery: Family celebration with typical elements for audience, eg celebration foods, cake, decorations]
Seven families have lunch under a tree. What do you see?
[Imagery: Tree in park like Dickinson Park, Pennsport, multicultural feast]
Eight friends play in a cardboard cubby. What do you see?
[Imagery: Kids playing in cardboard cubby shaped like a Philadelphia iconic building eg Buerger Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia]
Nine neighbours make music at a street party. What do you see?
[Imagery: Set in neighbourhood streetscape, kids playing musical instruments]
Ten of us as happy as can be!
[Imagery: From view point like Penn Treaty Park, showing cityscape, families doing active outdoors things, maybe walking dog]
[Last page - stylised map of Philly with drawn images from story shown in place - not sure if this is needed or not]
[Inside the back cover, a section for the adult reader to encourage talking with their child]
More to do in the city
More ideas for how you and your little one can discover the city together.
What do you hear? Talk about the sounds of your city - Birds chirping, Breeze in a tree, Kids playing, Trucks rumbling, Elevators that go bing, Train whistles. What more can you find?
Listen to the different sounds of rain – heavy drops, light drops on your window, drops that hit the pavement, drops that fall from a tree, the splash as a car drives through a puddle.
What can you smell? Talk about the different smells in your city - Cooking and baking smells and spices, Fish and chip and takeaway shops, Fresh flowers, Cut grass, Coffee shops, Salty smell of the beach, Animals at the zoo, Rubbish bins that need emptying! What more can you find?
How many can you see? Cities are full of things to count… Try these - Cars by colour, Number of people walking past, The time from when you see lightning to hearing the rumble of thunder, Donuts in a shop window, Blocks or stops to get home, Steps to your front door, Swings at the park.
How does it work? Stop and look at how things work through young eyes, talk about how and why - A window cleaner, Cranes being put up and dismantled and carrying a load, Traffic lights, New footpaths and road surfaces, Washing your clothes, Mail that goes into a postbox and ends up somewhere else. So much more to discover in your city!