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What We See 1, 2, 3

A manuscript for young children to be comfortable with their outdoor surroundings as often seen from their point of view within a stroller.

Photo of Oren Tuchin

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Jump in the stroller we’re going outside

Count what you see on our neighborhood ride.


I can hear singing way up in the tree.

How many birds do you think you can see?


There is the person who gives us the mail.

How many stamps do you see have a whale?


Clouds float so slow and are fluffy and big.

How many look like a dog or a pig?


Look at the buildings and all of the stores.

How many shop signs hang over the doors?


There is a crane helping lift heavy bricks.

How many holes will they fill up and fix?


Up in the sky planes are flying so high.

How many do you see zooming right by?


As the sun sets I see windows with light.

How many lamps can you see shining bright?

Out comes the moon and the stars all appear.

How many dots do you see sparkling here?

Over the sidewalk street lights hum and glow.

How many brighten the people below?


I hear soft meows at the top of a stoop.

How many cats are there in this big group?


Now we are home and it’s time for some sleep.

Try to rest now, if it helps count some sheep!

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

The vision is for caregivers to be aware of the limitations of what a baby sees when in a stroller, and also get curious by looking up themselves.

Share your suggested book title

What We See 1, 2, 3

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

I tried to stick with Tier 1 words, with a handful of two syllable words. I incorporated counting as research has shown babies around 15-18 months start doing "simple" math. Studies have also shown that positive experiences in the first year of life are crucial to healthy development. As such, I hope this book helps children relive positive experiences they may have had during the day if they were pushed in a stroller.

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

I live in Philadelphia and have met people within various neighborhoods I cross through.

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

In an urban setting, nature tends to be minimal, but one can see the vertical frames created by the sides of buildings and houses. Using this narrowed perspective I'm hoping the child connects his/her experiences in the book to what he/she sees outside.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department


Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

I am a stay-at-home dad for a two year old. I spend a lot of time reading to him and taking walks. I approach this work as someone who would love to help add to the richness of developing reading habits early on in life, as well as give the child a positive bedtime experience if this is one of the last books read at night. I want not only the child to engage, but keep the caregiver stimulated enough as well so as not to get bored reading the book over and over again. My partner and I strive to raise our two year old in a healthy environment based on child led play. I also help parents with raising newborns to be independent and self-confident. Melissa writes a lot and does voice over recordings.

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)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

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


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Photo of Matthew Sindelar

I love that each phrase ends with a question. I can see how this would be engaging for children!

Photo of Oren Tuchin

Hi Matthew Sindelar , thank you for commenting!

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