Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: Ralph Tells a Story, by Abby Hanlon (US/CAN)

Since I’m a writer, my twins’ teachers asked me to pay a visit to the second grade classrooms last year to talk about writing. I shared some of the poetry I had written for kids, and the message I wanted to convey to children was that there is plenty of inspiration for writing in your everyday life! I wrote poems about chocolate cake, my cat, losing a tooth, a teacher, brothers, and more. They loved them and clearly understood, I hope, that just about anything can inspire a story or poem! This same message is conveyed to kids in the delightful children’s book, Ralph Tells a Story, by Abby Hanlon.

In this book, little Ralph has a serious case of writer’s block! He will do anything to avoid trying to write a story, like making multiple trips to the restroom and digging in his desk. He looks for stories on the floor, and lying under his desk reminds him of the day he was lying in the grass in the park and an inchworm crawled on his knee. Ralph senses that he has the start of a story, but he’s still puzzled about what to write. When he shares his idea with his classmates, they start asking him all kinds of questions about the inchworm. “Did you name it?” “Did it feel squishy?” Before you know it, Ralph’s mind starts churning with ideas, and he writes his inchworm story! His classmates love it, and Ralph realizes that he has all kinds of stories in his head, which he is eager to share.

I really love Ralph Tells a Story because insecurities about writing are so common among children (and adults)! Often, they feel they have nothing interesting to share or they don’t know how to transfer the thoughts in their head to the paper. This book shows them how to overcome both of these problems. The illustrations by the author are precious, and her background as a first-grade teacher is evident by the realism in the children’s comments and behavior. Every elementary school teacher should read this book to her students to inspire them to write and tell stories! Visit the author’s website at www.abbyhanlon.com.



A WRITING TIP FROM ABBY HANLON, AUTHOR OF RALPH TELLS A STORY!
(Amazon Children's Publishing, Sept. 2012)

Ask your child to tell you a story. As he/she talks, write it down verbatim. Then get ready to read it again and again because your child will love hearing it. Another fun thing to do is write and illustrate a story together. It's also great practice for them to retell a favorite story from a book.



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Ralph Tells a Story, by Abby Hanlon! To enter, simply fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only and will end on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET.



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46 comments:

  1. I would love to read this to my oldest daughter.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  2. Thank you Susan for the terrific reveiw! I wrote the book with elementary school teachers in mind, so I do hope it ends up in their hands!
    All the best,
    Abby

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  3. I would love to read this to my grandkids.

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  4. I would read it to my grandchildren

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  5. I'd like to read this to my kids. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  6. My son Alex and I would love this book.

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  7. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    TO MY GRANDSON

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  8. Auri Lae4:59 PM

    My son is due in two weeks and we're building his book library now :D

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  9. I would love to read this book to my daughter, she is 15 months and the first thing she goes for in the toy room are books! We read almost every book we own, everyday!

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  10. Anonymous10:10 PM

    I would read this to my son we need some new bed time stories
    Stephanie Behlen
    Stephb3095@aol.com

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  11. I would love to read this to my niece

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  12. I would love to read this to my grandchildren!

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  13. I would love to read this to my 3 kids (ages 6,4,2). They all LOVE to read and love me reading to them even more :)

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  14. Audra Weathers12:53 AM

    I'd like to read this to my toddler daughter. Our bedtime book routine is something she enjoys. The illustrations look very cute; I think she would like it.

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  15. Both of my kids would love this story. Thanks for sharing!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  16. my nephew
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  17. my grandchildren
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  18. I would love to give this to my granddaughter who loves to read!
    jackieque@comcast.net

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  19. Ciara B.10:46 PM

    i'd love this for my son

    cb_shorty2003@yahoo.com

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  20. We'd use it for family read aloud time

    (jen487@Hotmail.com)

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  21. I would love to read this with my daughter.

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  22. I'd love to read this to my daughter.

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  23. Anonymous4:48 PM

    I would love to read this with my boys
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. I'd love to read this to my daughter.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I would love to read this with my girls!!

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  26. I would love to read this with my kids - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  27. My oldest daughter would enjoy this book, this weekend she decided she was going to be an author when she grows up. Thank you!

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  28. I would LOVE to read this book to my son and daughter! My son is at an age that he would really appreciate it :D

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  29. I would love to read this to my nephew
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  30. My daughter and I love to read together as much as possible

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  31. Anonymous8:41 PM

    My nieces!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  32. I can't wait to read to my grandson due soon. (Marla B)

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  33. Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Hardcover
    Copy Of Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon.
    In Response To Your Question Of Who Would You Love
    To Read This Book To?
    I Would Read It To My Niece And Nephew.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!

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  34. I'd love to get this to my son.

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  35. I'd read this to my daughter

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  36. i would really enjoy reading this book to our daughter
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  37. i would really enjoy reading this to our son
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love to share this with my daughter.

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  39. Jenny Q3:36 PM

    I would love to read this to my son!

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  40. I would love to read this to my daughter before bed.

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  41. Dawn S.4:23 PM

    I would love to read this to the kids I babysit.

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  42. I would love to share this with my grandson and granddaughter!

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  43. My nieces and nephews!

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  44. my daughters would love it!
    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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