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Celeste upside down

Hello,

First of all, thanks for this class! It helps a lot relaxing about the whole process and helped me actually start the story I had in mind. Sorry for mistakes, English is not my native language.

Unit 1

I plan on writing an Easy readers book. I like the idea of having a more structured story strengthened by illustrations.

As a favorite picture books, I chose "Le loup qui mangeait n'importe quoi" ("The wolf who ate anything") written by Christophe Donner and illustrated by one of my favorite illustrator, Manu Larcenet.

I chose this book because we had tons of fun reading it with my daughter. She has a blast everytime and wants to go back to it all the time. The illustrations are just amazing and strongly contribute to the fun and interest she (and I too) has in it. A perfect alliance of text and illustration. The rythm, the colors, the illustrations and the craziness of the story make it a fantastic Picture book.

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Unit 3

This is the first draft. There are 647 words. I tried to translate it as well as I could and planned 32 pages, thinking it would be a 36 pages book finished. It is a story about self acceptance and how parents can sometimes hurt their kid while trying too much to protect them.

Page 1

This is Princess Celeste and her best friend, Allegra. (it will show in the drawing that Allegra is a unicorn)

Pages 2-3

Celeste loves clothes and spends her time creating new outfits, each one more outstanding than the other. But what she loves most of all, is to wear them upside down!

Pages 4-5

She has always studied at the castle, but for next school year, she wants to persuade her parents to let her go to the village school.

Pages 6-7

She is extremely motivated and therefore constructs a plan:

Find the proper moment.  Tomorrow, when dad returns from his journey.

Pages 8-9

Show last semester’s amazing report card, a recommendation from her teacher (whom she managed to convince), and the tidiness of her bedroom.

Pages 10-11

Promise to behave and to do homework before playing with Allegra and most of all

Pages 12-13

Explain how much she wants and needs to make new friends.

Page 14

After her presentation, her parents are moved and proud of their daughter. Nevertheless, they fear mockery from others and then declare: “We agree on one condition: you have to dress like everyone else”.

Page 15

Celeste is stunned and finds that decision unfair. And what does it mean anyway to dress as everyone else? Why does everyone has to be alike?

Page 16

She decides to keep wearing her clothes as she wishes.

Page 17

The traditional open house of the castle arrives and the inhabitants of Libertyville are eager to participate. The entire village is getting ready for weeks, it is an event to honor.

Page 18

Lady Aida and her two daughters plan on arriving early at the castle to enjoy most of the planned activities. As soon as they arrive, the girls flock to the embroidery stand, their passion. Lady Aida walks in the castle.

Page 19

Suddenly, she sees a girl who seems fascinated by all the activities but she hides. Intrigued, Lady Aida observes the child and eventually recognizes Celeste.

Page 20

She approaches her discretely and softly says “Hello Princess”. Celeste is startled and looks down, embarrassed, before answering “Hello Madame”.

Page 21

“Why don’t you join us?” asks Lady Aida gently. Celeste, still head down and hands folded in front of her, doesn’t know what to say.

Pages 22-23

But Lady Aida looks so nice and comprehensive and especially, she doesn’t seem to care about the way she wears her clothes, that she entrusts her secret. Lady Aida is moved and reassures Celeste that she is beautiful, her outfit is very creative and she encourages her to  remain herself. She tries to reassure her and tells her that no one will laugh at her but Celeste prefers to stay hidden.

Page 24

After their discussion, Celeste hastens to tell her parents about it. They are relieved yet they remain skeptical.

Page 25

One week later, an invitation arrives at the castle. It is customary in the Realm to invite back the royal family and organize a feast in the village to thank them. But this year, for the first time, it states on the invitation that Princess Celeste is also expected.

Page 26

Unable to refuse, the royal couple agrees. For the entire week that precedes the event, the Queen insists that Celeste dresses conventionally but the Princess refuses and her mother does not have the heart to force her.

Page 27

The day of festivities arrives. The King and Queen, accompanied by Celeste, dressed as she pleases and riding Allegra, remain speechless as their reach the village.

Pages 28-29

All the people put their clothes upside down and leading the procession to greet them is Lady Aida and her two daughters. Celeste jumps out of the carriage and runs into her arms. Lady Aida is delighted and relieved that her initiative pleased the little girl.

Pages 30-31

Celeste spends an exceptional day and makes many friends. Little girls love her outfit and absolutely want to dress identically. Her parents are reassured yet feel guilty for not believing enough in their daughter and the compassion of their fellow citizens.

Page 32

They finally accept Celeste’s request to go to the village school, but on one condition. That she remains herself.

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This is the third draft - the text in parentheses represent the explanation for the illustration. I reduced the text and it now holds in 28 pages, which should end in a 32 page-book.

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Page 1

This is Princess Celeste and her best friend, Allegra. (Allegra is a unicorn)

Celeste loves clothes and spends her time creating new outfits, each one more outstanding than the other. But what she loves most of all, is to wear them upside down! (Celeste showing Allegra her new creation, she spins in her dress. Allegra is also wearing her saddlecloth upside down)

Pages 2-3

She has always studied at the castle, alone, but for next school year, she wants to persuade her parents to let her go to the village school. (huge school class filled with tons of books, science stuff, sports, geography, history, etc. - only Celeste and her teacher are in the room - one desk isolated in the room - Celeste is day dreaming while her teacher writes on the black board - math)

Pages 4

She is extremely motivated and therefore constructs a plan. First, find the proper moment. Tomorrow, when dad returns. (Celeste is laying down on the floor in the middle on the room, spotless, building up her plan on a large piece of paper)

Pages 5

Then, show last semester’s amazing report card with a recommendation from her teacher and the tidiness of her bedroom. (her parents are in her room, sitting on stools. She's showing them her report cards with the recommandation)

Pages 6

Finally, the promise to behave and to do homework before playing with Allegra and most of all (she shows a certificate where Allegra agrees on the terms - Allegra signed with a print of her shoe)

Pages 7

Explain how much she wants and needs to make new friends. (scene where she dreams of what it's like to have friends)

Page 8-9

After her presentation, her parents are moved and proud of their daughter. Nevertheless, they fear mockery from others and then declare: “We agree on one condition: you have to dress like everyone else”. (p10: wow! Awesome! Parents are proud and enthusiastic. p11: the condition - the parents happiness drops and give their condition)

Page 10-11

Celeste is stunned and finds that decision unfair. And what does it mean anyway to dress as everyone else? Why does everyone has to be alike? (she's alone in her room, on the bottom right of the page, little, the room seems huge and the little girl so tiny, her head resting on folded knees)

Page 12-13

She decides to keep wearing her clothes as she wishes. (Breakfast with her parents, Celeste is dressed as usual - her parents look at each other, startled)

Page 14

The traditional open house of the castle arrives and the inhabitants of Libertyville are eager to participate, especially Lady Aida and both her daughters. (Villagers are getting ready, show them doing tons of stuff, buying clothes, preparing the carriage and horses, smiling, and an aparté of lady aida and her girls choosing their outfit)

Page 15

As soon as they arrive at the castle, the girls flock to their favorite stand and Lady Aida enjoys a walk in the castle. (the girls are excited at the embroidery stand and Lady Aida is drawn further away, walking and admiring the castle, she goes to the Royal stables)

Page 16

Intrigued, Lady Aida observes a child who is hiding and eventually recognizes Celeste. (Lady Aida pauses to observe the child hidden in the barn)

Page 17

She approaches her discretely and softly says: “Hello Princess”. Celeste is startled and looks down, embarrassed, before answering “Hello Madame”.

Page 18

“Why don’t you join us?” asks Lady Aida gently. Celeste (still head down and hands folded in front of her) hesitates.

Pages 19

But Lady Aida looks so nice and comprehensive and especially, she doesn’t seem to care about the way she wears her clothes, that she entrusts her secret. (Lady Aida is moved and hugs the little girl, telling her she’s beautiful).

Page 20

Mom! Dad! Guess what! Celeste then tells her parents about her encounter with Lady Aida. They are relieved yet they remain skeptical. (The Queen hugs Celeste but looks at her husband, doubtful )

Page 21

One week later, an invitation arrives at the castle. It is customary in the Realm to invite back the royal family and organize a feast in the village to thank them. But this year, for the first time, it states on the invitation that Princess Celeste is also expected. (Huge official invitation with Celeste’s name on it)

Page 22

The royal couple is pleased to accept. For the entire week that precedes the event, the Queen insists that Celeste dresses conventionally but the Princess refuses and her mother does not have the heart to force her and capitulates. (we see the Queen showing different conventional outfit but the Princess refuses them all, she stands tall, her arms folded and her eyes shut, looking away)

Page 23

The day of festivities arrives. The King and Queen, accompanied by Celeste (King and Queen in a royal carriage and Celeste is dressed as she pleases, riding Allegra), remain speechless as they reach the village.

Pages 24-25

(Everybody is wearing their clothes upside down and leading the procession to greet them is Lady Aida). Celeste runs into Lady Aida’s arms who is delighted and relieved that her initiative pleased the little girl.

Pages 26-27

Celeste spends an exceptional day and makes many friends. Little girls love the originality of her outfit . Her parents are reassured but they feel guilty for not having supported their daughter and for having doubted the compassion of their villagers. (Celeste is among little girls that touch and admire her outfit. Her parents watch a bit aside of the action, moved)

Page 28

They finally accept Celeste’s request to go to the village school, but at one condition. That she remains herself. (Celeste is in her father's arms and hugs both of her parents)

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