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WONDER CHILD

A book to nurture wonder and awe in our children, while also rediscovering it yourself.

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Wonder world

Wonder why?

All is new,

To have an awe view.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

The first I see,

A face not me.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

Sun comes up,

To smell the yellow buttercup.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

Everyone is bigger than I,

Makes me look and spy.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

My hands a little,

But soon grow it’ill.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

I see beauty, 

In your sense of duty.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

You can talk,

And help me walk.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

Hearing your voice,

Like a bluebird joice. 


Wonder world

Wonder why?

All the words you know,

Repeat them slow.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

You and me - Side by side,

You never left when I cried.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

I feel your finger touch,

And fills me with glee so much.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

I admire Tummy time,

With you at anytime.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

I am blessed, 

With your love and zest.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

You much care,

With just being there.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

A tear goes down your face,

Like a raindrop in grace.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

In the dark night,

I don't have fright.


Wonder world

Wonder why?

Day after day,

You don't go away.


Wonder world

Wonder why

All our wonders, not just a childs’.

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

WONDER CHILD educates, inspires, uplifts and challenges - both adult and child. It creates a moment and space between adults and children to remind about the importance of the innocent, curiosity and purity of a human being who hasn't had the chance and time to discover the world so far, compared to the adult that is reading it and might take little things in life, joy and pleasure for granted that are completely new and big for a child. YOU are the aspiration for a child, no matter what.

Share your suggested book title

WONDER CHILD

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).

Wonder world Wonder why? All is new, To have an awe view. Wonder world Wonder why? The first I see, A face not me. Wonder world Wonder why? Sun comes up, To smell the yellow buttercup. Wonder world Wonder why? Everyone is bigger than I, Makes me look and spy. Wonder world Wonder why? My hands a little, But soon grow it’ill. Wonder world Wonder why? I see beauty, In your sense of duty. Wonder world Wonder why? You can talk, And help me walk. Wonder world Wonder why? Hearing your voice, Like a bluebird joice. Wonder world Wonder why? All the words you know, Repeat them slow. Wonder world Wonder why? You and me - Side by side, You never left when I cried. Wonder world Wonder why? I feel your finger touch, And fills me with glee so much. Wonder world Wonder why? I admire Tummy time, With you at anytime. Wonder world Wonder why? I am blessed, With your love and zest. Wonder world Wonder why? You much care, With just being there. Wonder world Wonder why? A tear goes down your face, Like a raindrop in grace. Wonder world Wonder why? In the dark night, I don't have fright. Wonder world Wonder why? Day after day, You don't go away. Wonder world Wonder why All our wonders, not just a childs’.

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

WONDER CHILD should reflect the idea that for newborns everything they see and get in touch with is happening for the first time, they are curious and eager to learn and explore. Everything is awe-inspiring to them, exciting, and a wonder. Based on Alison Gopnik "babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," we, as adults should be more aware of what is important for our children and how to elaborate and deploy infants and toddlers potential. Infants and toddlers can be challenged. “The brains of young children are very malleable—even the smallest babies can be challenged,” says Audrey van der Meer, lead researcher and professor of developmental neuropsychology. Giving infant’s brain stimulation doesn’t mean to go buy fancy toys. In fact children’s first toy ist their own body and more important is the interaction - the “serve and return” between the infant and the adult as Jack P. Shonkoff says, M.D. Director of the Center on the Developing Child.

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

In 2017 I was developing initiatives and advocating for children in Philadelphia with PUBLIC CITIZENS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH and I was working with ART SPHERE INC. to paint a public school and playground site mural. But not just the volunteering community service I did in Philadelphia, also my engagement with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NYC and the program Brush With Kindness where we were painting Wyckoff Gardens Community Center, or playing sports within the KEEN organization to empower youth with disabilities or teaching elementary students about the power of sport, international relations and cultural exchanges helps me to identify with and design for Philadelphia and its residents.

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

Migrated from Hungary, born and raised in Germany, coming from a small village in Germany with 845 inhabitants, I was raised by parents and 2 years older brother. My grandparents were both teachers, sending us own taped music cassettes with the entire Alphabet in Rhyme recorded to strengthen our ability to speak Hungarian. Within our family we just spoke Hungarian, outside we learned German, in School English and French. The time my parents were spending with me - talking and interacting - and putting the effort in raising us with love and patience, made me to be where I am today. Writing a children's book for early language development as a Fulbright Scholar in my third language.

Location: Country

New York City, USA

Location: State or Department

New York

Location: City

New York

Website URL (optional question)

rozsasimon.com

Tell us more about you / your team

Born and raised in Germany, Cologne with Hungarian roots, for a while Down Under, Sydney and currently living in the concrete jungle, New York. As I like to say, I “strive for progress, not perfection.” and I like to call myself a newbie ethnographer. I focus my future on designing for users´s needs, using nodes and links, puzzle my head over challenges, generate creative thinking in a collaborative work atmosphere and in turn design that matters. Unconventional Thinker | Creative Talent Active Observer | Change Agent Chatterbox | Genuine Listener Empathic Human | Witty Gal WONDER CHILD is inspired by my ambitious mother (pediatric nurse), my strict grandmother (teacher) and Louis Armstrong with What a Wonderful World (1967)

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)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

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

  • DEAREST (job) and PARSONS (school)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I am a Design Strategist

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Toddlers know the word WHY and should enjoy this one.
Nicely done.
Good luck to us all.

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