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Matt The Cat Wants To Nap

A fun book with familiar sounds of the city that might prevent a cat from napping.

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Matt the cat wanted to nap,

during the day. 

The night before, 

a pain on his paw at his claw kept him awake.

That day the city was extra busy with loud sounds. 

He found a spot on a cot,

in the house. 

Matt heard a sound around the corner. 

(Count along)

Plop, Plop, Squeak! 1 bus stopped to pick-up people.

He fussed in disgust and tried to sleep.

Beep, Beep, Beep! cars were trapped behind a bus.

"There are no sheep to count to help me sleep," Matt meowed.

(What do your ears hear?)

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!   3 police cars zoomed down the street.

Matt put his head down and frowned.

Ring, Ring, Ring! 4 fire trucks sped away.

"What now?" he meowed.

(Can you meow?)

Toot, Toot, Toot! trains whistled on the tracks.

Matt swirled and curled to nap.

Tap, Tap, Tap! 6 men hammered on a roof.

(Where's the hammer?)

Matt meowed," How will I nap?"

Bang, Boom, Bang ! 7 bags of trash got smashed in

the garbage truck.

Matt jumped onto the bedspread.

Knock, Knock, Knock!

Click, Clack, Rattle!

Matt knew that sound.

The doorknob moved around.

Bark, Bark, Bark! 

puppies jumped up and down.

(Count the puppies)

friends visited from the westside of town.

Together they celebrated. (Art-hugs, happy to see each other.)

They sang 10 songs.

The puppies barked along.

Matt the cat gave up on taking a nap

upstairs.

He raced to a quiet space,

the basement. (Art- curled up on outdoor chair with pad in storage room)

Meow!

(Where's Matt sleeping?)

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

The book is intended to reach a large diverse group of caregivers to share with infants and toddlers. By making the book fun with familiar sounds is a way for children, and caregivers to easily relate to the book and enjoy it. It will effortlessly spur a conversation.

Share your suggested book title

Matt The Cat Wants To Nap

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).

att the cat wanted to nap, during the day. The night before, a pain on his paw at his claw kept him awake. That day the city was extra busy with loud sounds. He found a spot on a cot. Matt heard a sound around the corner. (Count along) Plop, Plop, Squeak! 1 bus stopped to pick-up people. He fussed in disgust and tried to nap. Beep, Beep, Beep! 2 cars were trapped behind a bus. "There are no sheep to count to help me sleep," Matt meowed. (What do your ears hear?) Buzz, Buzz, Buzz! 3 police cars zoomed down the street. Matt put his head down and frowned. Ring, Ring, Ring! 4 fire trucks sped away. "What now?" he meowed. (Can you meow?) Toot, Toot, Toot! 5 trains whistled on the tracks. Matt swirled and curled to nap. Tap, Tap, Tap! 6 men hammered on a roof. (Where's the hammer?) Matt meowed," How will I nap?" Bang, Boom, Bang ! 7 bags of trash got smashed in the garbage truck. Matt moved to the bedspread. Knock, Knock, Knock! Click, Clack, Rattle! Matt knew that sound. The doorknob moved around. Bark, Bark, Bark! 8 puppies jumped up and down. (Count the puppies) 9 friends visited from the westside of town. Together they celebrated. (Art-hugs, happy to see each other.) They sang 10 songs. The puppies barked along. Matt the cat gave up on taking a catnap upstairs. He raced to a quiet space, the basement. (Art- curled up on outdoor chair with pad in storage room) Meow! (Where's Matt sleeping?)

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

Language development in the early years and C0X Campus influenced the book I'm submitting. By using words (onomatopoeia) sounds with repetition that is related to an object, puts emphasis on the sounds and will help the child engage in the reading experience. By adding a numerical association with the objects, will encourage the child to count to ten.

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

I am familiar with Philadelphia through historical sites and CHOP.

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

The city is full of sounds and children are aware of them at an early age and learn to associate the sounds with objects. I hope to create curiosity and fun while reading together.

Location: Country

Denver Pennsylvania United States

Location: State or Department

Pennsylvania

Location: City

DENVER

Tell us more about you / your team

I'm a retired Pediatric Nurse practitioner with three grandchildren that are, six, four and one. Reading is the basis for knowledge and influences everything in life. Children have always been my priority from health to their social well being. I also have multiple sclerosis and know what it means to have your needs met; to be able to function in this complex world.

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)

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Dear Team Member...
It's only hours now until the close of submissions.
Still time for the last minute polish.
There are some really strong stories among the almost 400 entrees.
Good luck to us all.

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