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Why Walk When You Can Run?

Encouraging children's curiosity, expression and finding joy in life.

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                                  WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN RUN?

                                                A Picture Book By:

                                                Yael Kagan Levy

  

Why walk when you can run?

Or be quiet when there’s fun?

When the sun shines bright above, 

Fill the day with joy and love!

 

Ride,

and climb, 

and spin,

and swing.

Have a party,

Be a queen or king.

 

Why watch the rain inside?

Jump in puddles--

Slip and slide!

And when rain quiets down,

Watch for worms that squirm around!

 

When friends come in to play,

Make it a dazzling day.

Dance,

And sing,

Laugh out loud—

Have fun with everything!

 

Why squeak when you can roar?

Be a beast,

Growl and snore.

Pretend that you’re a tiny snail,

Wiggle,

Crawl,

Shake your tail.

 

When it’s time to be alone,

Play the games you love and know,

Color,

Bake,

Build with blocks,

Craft funny creatures from old socks.

 

Take a bath with bubbles and boat--

It’s always fun to watch things float!

And when you clean your teeth and face,

Imagine you’ve just won a race!

 

 

Stories read,

A hug and kiss,

Tucked in tight—all love and bliss.

Sunset drifts to dreams

of play,

As tomorrow brings a whole new day.

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

Joyful. Encouraging children to be curious about the world.

Share your suggested book title

Why Walk When You Can Run?

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).

Yael Kagan Levy Picture Book 1269 Wildcliff Parkway NE Word Count: 197 Atanta, GA 30329 929 – 243 - 9144 yaellevyauthor@gmail.com WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN RUN? A Picture Book By: Yael Kagan Levy Why walk when you can run? Or be quiet when there’s fun? When the sun shines bright above, Fill the day with joy and love! Ride, and climb, and spin, and swing. Have a party, Be a queen or king. Why watch the rain inside? Jump in puddles-- Slip and slide! And when rain quiets down, Watch for worms that squirm around! When friends come in to play, Make it a dazzling day. Dance, And sing, Laugh out loud— Have fun with everything! Why squeak when you can roar? Be a beast, Growl and snore. Pretend that you’re a tiny snail, Wiggle, Crawl, Shake your tail. When it’s time to be alone, Play the games you love and know, Color, Bake, Build with blocks, Craft funny creatures from old socks. Take a bath with bubbles and boat-- It’s always fun to watch things float! And when you clean your teeth and face, Imagine you’ve just won a race! Stories read, A hug and kiss, Tucked in tight—all love and bliss. Sunset drifts to dreams of play, As tomorrow brings a whole new day.

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

Caregivers would have an incentive to read this book as it is encouraging to all ages.

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

I have visited and enjoyed.

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

Joy is a choice, independent of circumstances.

Location: Country

Currently in Israel, although also in Atlanta.

Location: State or Department

Atlanta

Location: City

GA

Website URL (optional question)

www.yaellevyauthor.com

Tell us more about you / your team

Growing up among Holocaust survivors, I work on projects that attempt bring more joy and compassion into people's lives.

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

Please see my website for my illustrations.

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Brooklyn Love, Simon and Schuster/ Crimson Romance, 2012 Touchdown, Simon and Schuster/ Crimson Romance, 2013 Starstruck, Simon and Schuster/ Crimson Romance, 2013

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

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

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)
  • My critique partner thought this mss. would be a good fit.

What best describes you? (optional question)

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

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Hi - I really like what you have and hope you keep at it! I agree about some of the rhythm. I'll throw in one suggestion to shore up the second stanza:
Instead of "be a king or queen," how about "dance and sing"? It fits the rhythm and avoids references to empire and gender (if you're into that kind of thing :)).

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