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Why chickens scratch at the ground

It's fun, you must take care of a little valuable thing: Animals' king gave chickens a needle once at the first set of chicks for a hen

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The needle given by the king of animals once to a hen for taking care of her chicks was such a helpful and also a sensitive tool, that  could

Change its color in a time of danger from normal bright white to a shiny red 

Colour, meaning, that an enemy, like the eagle, is nearer, so the hen would alert 

the chicks to take hide in the nearest hidden place, as the hen

would then keep on frightening the eagle by making urgent cackling sound, 

on and on, like Alarm cackle-An insistent 

repetitive cackle Kuh-Kuh-Kuh-Kuh-KACK! It says “I sense danger!” 

and showing agitation until the eagle disappeared, 

or it would also tell if there is a Flying object, and

 alert by-A chirruping sound 

made as the roster looks skyward. 

It says “There’s something up there, 

but I think we’re ok.” She would monitor

and then they start moving again and getting their food for the day. In contrast, the needle got lost one day when the hen went out as usual to get food. Mom, the hen left the needle with her chicks, as she tried to catch an insect, the grasshopper, and the eagle appeared and the chicks were frightened, so they took refuge under a tree, till it moved away. By coincidence, mom had caught the insect and made a food called, unfortunately, both the chicks and other chickens responded, it turned into a struggle of racing, tactfully, as mom tried to dodge other chickens, she turned left, right and round, and also would lower it down on and off, to deceive other chickens, as they stopped at every point she did that. In the end, she had managed and made her chicks enjoyed for the day. The next day, her chicks remembered, the fat grasshopper, and started sing: grasshopper, grasshopper, grasshopper! 

Arise o all of us

We go search for the nice Food 

again today
We want to eat grasshopper
mom lead us the way
And help us catch it again
The belly must not be small
And make sure it is looking fatty
And the big thorax too!

We can't wait to eat. 

The mom asked,

“Where is the needle so we go?”

The chick answered,

“I placed it in the sand,

Where we hid…” 

Mom, “Where you hid???”

“Where did you hide?”

Chick, “Under some tree…I can’t remember.”

Mom, “Let’s go and search, 

make sure you check

in the sand under every

tree,.. scratch turn, turn

and turn, for we must

find our needle….”

Needle, needle, needle…..


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

This idea to our people is meant to test and also enable strengthen a child's memory. So when the story is told to a child for some duration, then after some times they would ask a child to try to tell the story alone, while they help in other areas where he/she can not remember, so that the child is encouraged by parents, and caregivers to engage in practical learning, like talking, singing, together and storytelling that inspires infants, especially through listening,memorizing and imagination

Share your suggested book title

Another suggested book title could be" Take care of the Litle things"

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).

WHY THE CHICKEN SCRATCH AT THE GROUND. Every hen was given a superior needle by king of animals, for taking care of all sets of chicks, it was such a helpful and also a sensitive tool that could change its color in a time of danger from normal bright white to a shiny red Colour, meaning that an enemy, the eagle, was nearer, so the hen would alert the chicks to take hide in the nearest hidden place, and she would then keep on frightening the eagle by making urgent cackling sound, on and on, like Alarm cackle-An insistent repetitive cackle Kuh-Kuh-Kuh-Kuh-KACK! It says “I sense danger!” and showing agitation until the eagle disappeared, or it would also tell if there is a Flying object, and alert by-A chirruping sound made as the roster looks skyward. It says “There’s something up there, but I think we’re ok.” She would monitor and then they start moving again and getting their food for the day. In contrast, the needle got lost one day when the hen went out as usual to get food. Mom, the hen left the needle with her chicks, as she tried to catch the insect, and the eagle appeared and the chicks were frightened, so they took refuge under a tree, till it moved away. By coincidence, mom had caught the insect and made a food called, -An excited, rapid tuck-tuck-tuck that says “I found food!” unfortunately, both the chicks and other chickens responded, it turned into a struggle of racing, tactfully, as mom tried to dodge other chickens, she turned left, right and round, and also would lower it down on and off, to deceive other chickens, as they would stop at every point she did that. In the end, she had managed and made her chicks enjoyed for the day. The next day, her chicks remembered, the fat grasshopper, and started sing: grasshopper, grasshopper, grasshopper! Arise o all of us We go search for the nice Food again today We want to eat grasshopper mom lead us the way And help us catch it again The belly must not be small, ensure fatty

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

The chicks learned to use the needle to protect from the dangerous eagle, while their mom was away. So they hid......

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

No, I am not familiar with the United States, but I have been to the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium

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

Yes, mostly urban early childhoods would enjoy such stories more than rural early childhood, although every childhood's boredom could only be reduced by storytelling.

Location: Country

Lira, Northern Uganda- Africa

Location: State or Department

Northern Uganda

Location: City

LIRA

Website URL (optional question)

Sorry, these kind of books are not online yet, maybe in the near future. I have only produced, small copies of early childhood care manuals that are used locally, besides some development oriented articles, journals and training manuals

Tell us more about you / your team

We also contributed to the early childhoods innovation Prize: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/ecprize/evaluation/inspire-promote-motivate-monitor-and-support As we work with young mothers, when we experienced that most of them are having infants without caregivers, we became concerned as from time to time the mothers would leave training to attend to the kids at any moment, interrupting their training sessions, so we came up with the idea of opening a daycare centre in separate rooms, that would serve the purpose to enable young mothers to concentrate full time on training. we have involved nursery school teachers, retired experienced teachers, and community working hand in hand in the project.

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Early childhoods: 1. Early childhood tales 2. The Elephant and the rabbit 3. Mom elephant and baby elephant Developmental: 1. Agribusiness for women and youth 2. Entrepreneurship for out of school youth 3. Managing small farms 4. Linking farmers to markets 5. Starting a social enterprise and Bookkeeping guides

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • OpenIDEO announcement email
  • Direct email invitation

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

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