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Who's Taking Care of You

When a new mom cares for a small cat, the cat watches over her baby's growth and family.

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Hey cat

Who’s taking care of you?


The girl with the big belly asked


Long dress 

Flowy hair 

Timid Smile 

Small Bowl…

Bowl? Food!


Chomp chomp, chew chew.


Different room

Different house

Different Street 

Different People

People who love you.


But who’s taking care of you?


Night drifts to day

Soft light warms my fur

City bustles to life

Sounds of your fussing beguines,

Fussing that draws curly black hair to your side.


Large frame 

Sleepy smile

Comforting eyes

Strong arms

Arms that lift you up


Up up up you go

Soaring through the sky 

Whoosh whoosh whoosh he sings 

Laughing with your surprise

Laughter waking this cat up more than she would like 


Papa takes care of you

Wispy hair

Soft hands

Wrinkled face

Quiet voice

Voice that starts singing for you


Granna takes care of you.

Granna leads you to the floor


Stringy legs

Shiny bracelet 

Cheerful Smile

Playful Feet

     Feet that took you all over town


Jumping on concrete puddles

Riding on high shoulders

Waving to windy trees

Tossing crumbs to crows 

Crows that look rather interesting

Be right back


Coming slowly as not to startle you 

I waft my tail across your cheek


Long whiskers

Wet nose

Pink tongue 

Fluffy fur 

Fur that’s thrumming with the sound of my purrs 


Settling on your lap

Cleaning your paws

Batting at your hair

Snuggling your noes

Snuggling closer we drift off to sleep


I take care of you


We all take care of you


We all love you





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

To share that different members of a large complex, biological and adopted, multi-ethnic urban family facing challenges show many different voices and kinds of care for a loved child throughout their life.

Share your suggested book title

Who's Taking Care of You?

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).

Hey cat Who’s taking care of you? The girl with the big belly asked Long dress Flowy hair Timid Smile Small Bowl… Bowl? Food! Chomp chomp, chew chew. Different room Different house Different Street Different People People who love you. But who’s taking care of you? Night drifts to day Soft light warms my fur City bustles to life Sounds of your fussing beguines, Fussing that draws curly black hair to your side. Large frame Sleepy smile Comforting eyes Strong arms Arms that lift you up Up up up you go Soaring through the sky Whoosh whoosh whoosh he sings Laughing with your surprise Laughter waking this cat up more than she would like Papa takes care of you Wispy hair Soft hands Wrinkled face Quiet voice Voice that starts singing for you Granna takes care of you. Granna leads you to the floor Stringy legs Shiny bracelet Cheerful Smile Playful Feet Feet that took you all over town Jumping on concrete puddles Riding on high shoulders Waving to windy trees Tossing crumbs to crows Crows that look rather interesting Be right back Coming slowly as not to startle you I waft my tail across your cheek Long whiskers Wet nose Pink tongue Fluffy fur Fur that’s thrumming with the sound of my purrs Settling on your lap Cleaning your paws Batting at your hair Snuggling your noes Snuggling closer we drift off to sleep I take care of you We all take care of you We all love you

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

We made use of some of the early words, showing not telling, repetition and patterned structures, and had a desire to see the imagery express interactive play opportunities based on the different activities in the book -- outside play, discovery, inside physical play, soft, close play, etc. We would LOVE to see multiple languages in the book, the imagery translating the text...the granna's lullaby in the pictures, set in several languages! We want to have this book or each book in the series show the different possibilities of care and games. Maybe one book the cat follows the brother, maybe the next, the grandda. We have an idea for critical reasonning games based on a game we have (Syllygisms) in which the child's play is all about words and puns and little logic. We think this would encourage conversations when the child in the story is growing up, getting bigger, being cared for and the cat places the meta role, questioning and approving that care, narrating it.

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

We imagine this as a series where each caregiver of the family has a different style, a valuable contribution. We imagine the baby's young mother being patient, learning how to care for her child even when her baby may be shy with her, even when there are challenges; the baby's biological granna, using quiet play, doing fun faces, baby leg massages and feet tickles, singing songs, using words from her home country, different background textures, smells, colors; the baby's adopted dads with an energetic style, more wealth, but maybe more stresses in their environment; the baby's biological and adopted brother, sister, grandda...the cat learning about how the baby is loved and cared for.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

CO

Location: City

Broomfield

Tell us more about you / your team

We are a mother-daughter team. We own a tiny start-up, Viv LLC, seeking to cultivate creativity to solve humanity's grand challenges in a global citizenry. We have experienced some poverty, but also great opportunities and education. We have close friends in many communities served by books like the ones these are aspiring to be. We have a love of books and of Little Ones.

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

We imagine this illustrated so that it will have simple colors and large white space, and then brilliant colors. But we're very open to ideas!

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Axon and Echo's protoyping adventures Invent Now camp invention

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Who can take care of you?

For 0-3 ages, parents, grandparents, as well as caregivers are very important roles.
Thank you for sharing the work!

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