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Who Do You See?

A child learns to look beyond uniforms and understand those who wear them have names, emphasizing individuality and dignity with service.

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Art note: caregiver is older male figure with female child

Games are fun

for you, for me.

Let’s play

Who Do You See?

Art note: caregiver is speaking to child while helping dress her

Clothes can tell us what folks do.

We will say their colors, too.

We will count as we go,

We will learn how much we know.

Art note: service woman in uniform inside apartment family room with family photos

1

Look, look; who do you see?

Aunt June who serves our country for me.

Thank you, Aunt June.

GREEN

Art note: busy street scene with a mail delivery woman in uniform outside apartment building as characters depart

2

Look, look; who do you see?

Mrs. Ruth who brings the mail to me.

Thank you, Mrs. Ruth.

GRAY

Art note: characters outside apartment building wave to waste pick-up man in uniform; one character signs “Thank you”; setting is street scene

3

Look, look; who do you see?

Mr. Jon who collects waste for me.

Thank you, Mr. Jon.

RED

Art note: characters at the front of a bus, bus driver in uniform; setting features diverse group of riders

4

Look, look; who do you see?

Mr. Sing who drives the bus for me.

Thank you, Mr. Sing

BLACK

Art note: fire station with fire woman in uniform beside firetruck and waving to main character; setting is street scene with diverse characters

5

Look, look; who do you see?

Captain Beck who fights fires for me.

Thank you, Captain Beck.

BROWN

6

Illustration: male nurse in uniform; setting is doctor’s office

Look, look; who do you see?

Nurse Dom who checks my health for me.

Thank you, Nurse Dom.

WHITE

Art note: female in uniform at counter; setting is fast-food restaurant featuring diverse group – one child is signing “eat” to an older person

7

Look, look; who do you see?

Miss Maria who brings lunch to me.

Thank you, Miss Maria.

PINK

Art note: policewoman on horse patrol; setting is Independence Hall in background featuring diverse group

8

Look, look; who do you see?

Officer Jan who guards the city for me.

Thank you, Officer Jan.

BLUE

Art note: man in uniform in wheelchair taking admission tickets; setting is inside Independence Hall or other Philadelphia/big city location - another caregiver is signing to a child in the background

9

Look, look; who do you see?

Mr. Johnson who takes my ticket for me.

Thank you, Mr. Johnson.

YELLOW

Art note: school bus crossing guard holding stop sign as an older girl crosses road from bus; setting is outside apartment

10

Look, look; who do you see?

Mr. Bud who keeps Sissy safe for me.

Thank you, Mr. Bud.

ORANGE

Art note: older male figure and child again in apartment with objects in the room that are the colors featured throughout the book

Such fun, learning as we see!

I learn from you,

You learn from me!


 

 

 

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

Children see many individuals dressed in uniforms in the urban setting and may believe they are defined by the work or situation the uniform represents. Caregivers may help children understand that these people remain individuals with specific names who are not defined by their work. That realization is crucial to teaching children the concept of dignity.

Share your suggested book title

Who Do You See?

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).

Games are fun for you, for me. Let’s play Who Do You See? Clothes can tell us what folks do. We will say their colors, too. We will count as we go, We will learn how much we know. 1 Look, look; who do you see? Aunt June who serves our country for me. Thank you, Aunt June. GREEN 2 Look, look; who do you see? Mrs. Ruth who brings the mail to me. Thank you, Mrs. Ruth. GRAY 3 Look, look; who do you see? Mr. Jon who collects waste for me. Thank you, Mr. Jon. RED 4 Look, look; who do you see? Mr. Sing who drives the bus for me. Thank you, Mr. Sing BLACK 5 Look, look; who do you see? Captain Beck who fights fires for me. Thank you, Captain Beck. BROWN 6 Look, look; who do you see? Nurse Dom who checks my health for me. Thank you, Nurse Dom. WHITE 7 Look, look; who do you see? Miss Maria who brings lunch to me. Thank you, Miss Maria. PINK 8 Look, look; who do you see? Officer Jan who guards the city for me. Thank you, Officer Jan. BLUE 9 Look, look; who do you see? Mr. Johnson who takes my ticket for me. Thank you, Mr. Johnson. YELLOW 10 Look, look; who do you see? Mr. Bud who keeps Sissy safe for me. Thank you, Mr. Bud. ORANGE Such fun, learning as we see! I learn from you, You learn from me!

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

This manuscript provides readers with majority Tier One vocabulary in a rhyme and repetition structure. Diversity will be apparent through depiction of individuals with differing cultural backgrounds, varied physical challenges, and different means of communicating. The manuscript contributes to a foundation of language and literacy in young readers, allows authority figures to acknowledge the voices of early readers, and models the treatment of all as persons of value. It includes tangible learning elements of colors and numbers. My experience publishing a picture book utilizing the Tier system, as well as my publication of classic novels paraphrased and shortened into “high/low” language reading materials for adult literacy teaching also informs my manuscript.

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

I visited Philadelphia as a child with my family and am familiar with its more popular landmarks. My residency in Chicago and Kansas City provides empathy and identity with residents in an urban environment, like that of Philadelphia.

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

The book characters represent diverse members of urban communities. Those communities are built on shared values, and all share the value of the dignity of the individual, which language and voice afford to us. A large number of those people in the urban core are in uniform, which may cause children to objectify them. The manuscript names and thanks each character, emphasizing their individual value. Children and their caregivers will benefit through the Q&A format, allowing a natural and fun sharing approach. The manuscript’s stressing of the values of dignity and individuality are especially pertinent to urban dwellers, who may interact with many people each day without "seeing" them.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Missouri

Location: City

Kansas City

Website URL (optional question)

https://virginiabrackett.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I retired in 2016 as a Professor Emeritus of English. Service learning was a major focus during my work as director of the Park University Honors Academy, as was service to student veterans. Since retiring, I continue to value service and supporting others through tools of communication, as I continue to focus on veterans’ issues. For example, I facilitated a discussion of literature for veterans and civilians in spring 2017 as part of “Planting the Oar,” a National Endowment for the Humanities grant-supported initiative (https://thetellingproject.org/planting-the-oar/). I am on the Kansas City Veteran’s Writing Team, which offers bi-annual writing workshops for veterans in partnership with local libraries. I serve on the board of the Moral Injury Association to help mitigate against veteran suicide. I have helped children write their stories in grade-school-literature festivals. I have participated in language therapy with my preschool-age grandson who has Down syndrome.

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

These images are representative of illustrations that I envision for my book.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

200 articles and stories appearing in Junior Trails, Single Parent, Today’s Family, Once Upon a Time, and many others. 15 books, including Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf; A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros – both received PSLA and Tri-State citations - What Is My Name (picture book); The Contingent Self: One Reading Life – Sunbury Press will publish my memoir in the fall; I won second place in the winter 2018 Owl Canyon Press Hackathon fiction competition

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Author newsletter from Sunbury Press

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Photo of Itika Gupta
Team

Dear Virginia Brackett  congrats on this being this week's Featured Contribution!

Photo of Virginia Brackett
Team

I'm so grateful, Itika, for this recognition as Featured Contributor. Thank you for the encouragement, which will stand me in good stead as I continue my work on this project. I still have more work to do!

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

I'm learning daily, nice to see there is a recogniton system included in there. So we are able to see how we are doing. Wonderful. Virginia well done. Keep up your work.

Photo of Virginia Brackett
Team

Thank you, Ashanti, and we'll continue to encourage one another. We're forming a community of our own through this initiative.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
Team

So right Virginia with the answer of creating a community. Appreciated your evaluation and comments on one of my story.

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Team

You’re most welcome!

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