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What is This? What is That?

This picture book works with any city from the east coast to the west coast.

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Every day from the time George woke up, until bed

he would ask “What is this?” “What is that?”

There was so much to see and learn.

One morning his mother took him for a walk in the city.

At every glance he asked “What is this?“ What is that?

There were building all around.

Some were tall and thin and some were short and fat, 

tall and fat and short and thin.

There were people walking in and out.

Some walking slow. Some walking fast.

At one corner was a large construction site, so people walked around it.

Stop signs, street signs, traffic lights of red, yellow, green.

A policeman yelled “STOP!” as the light turned red.

There were taxes, buses, trucks and cars, even people on bikes.

George heard noises he had never heard all at once.

BEEP! BEEP! 

HONK! HONK!

“TAXI!”

The city was busy.

He pointed left, right, up and down.

The whole time asking 

“What is this?” “What is that?”

“Liberty Bell”.

“Independence Hall”.

“Civil War Museum”.

“City Hall”.

George looked up to the sky and took a deep breath shouting “Who is that?”

“William Penn”.

In no time they ended up along the Parkway.

“What is that?”

“Fountain”.

“What is that?”

“A giant frog in the fountain”.

George turned around and jumped for joy shouting “Dinosaur! A very big one!”

Into the dinosaur museum they went for the rest of the day.



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

I remember when my children were small and we went to the Philadelphia Art Museum and they got so excited when they recognized some of the art work. Children will make that same connection when they recognized there own city in this book and get excited.

Share your suggested book title

What is This? What is That?

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).

Every day from the time George woke up, until bed he would ask “What is this?” “What is that?” There was so much to see and learn. One morning his mother took him for a walk in the city. At every turn he asked “What is this? “What is that? There were building all around. Some were tall and thin and some were short and fat, tall and fat and short and thin. There were people walking in and out. Some walking slow. Some walking fast. At one corner was a large construction site, so people walked around it. Stop signs, street signs, traffic lights of red, yellow, green. A policeman yelled “STOP!” as the light turned red. There were taxes, buses, trucks and cars, even people on bikes. George heard noises he had never heard all at once. BEEP! BEEP! HONK! HONK! “TAXI!” The city was busy. He pointed left, right, up and down. The whole time asking “What is this?” “What is that?” “Liberty Bell”. “Independence Hall”. “Civil War Museum”. “City Hall”. George looked up to the sky and took a deep breath shouting “Who is that?” “William Penn”. In no time they ended up along the Parkway. “What is that?” “Fountain”. “What is that?” “A giant frog in the fountain”. George turned around and jumped for joy shouting “Dinosaur! A very big one!” Into the dinosaur museum they went for the rest of the day.

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

Lots of adventure for any child and filled with sight words.

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

I am a native of Philadelphia; born in Philadelphia and raised in Bala Cynwyd. I have so many great childhood memories of my parents, brothers and sisters and our adventures going into the city. Everybody knows John Wanamaker and the Crystal Tea Room, the department store windows at Christmas time, Mummers, etc. I am also a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design. I live in Philadelphia with my three children.

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

In the book the child gets to see city life. Remember the country mouse and the city mouse? He sees places to visit during his trip to the city. This book works with any city or town, just change the sites.

Location: Country

Philadelphia

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

Website URL (optional question)

N/A

Tell us more about you / your team

I have worked in art and early education/special education since 1994. For the last 10 years I have been doing private art restoration. I have a great love for children and a good children's picture book and want to start getting published. I loved teaching. I am not connected in any way to this challenge.

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

I am open to anything. I have many people (illustrators and writers) who are published - Loren Long, Pamela Zagarenski, Aaron Reynolds, Charles Santore, Elise Primavera just to name a few. They each have a different style. Oh, someone who is super fun to be with and who has a very fast turnaround is Lynne Avril (illustrator).

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)

  • SCBWI Eastern PA Chapter Facebook page on March 26, 2019 @ 3:58 p.m.

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I have worked in early elementary and special education for a long time.

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Little ones are always filled with curiosity. Best of luck.

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