Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

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Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little . . . and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell. Debut author/illustrator Abby Hanlon’s endearing text and charming watercolor and colored pencil illustrations prove that writing can be fun! This story works nicely with Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop model of teaching.

“It's a promising debut by Abby Hanlon, a former first-grade teacher who does delightful childlike drawings.”- USA Today

About Abby Hanlon

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Abby Hanlon has a master’s degree in early childhood education from the City College of New York and bachelor’s from Barnard College. Abby has taught creative writing and first grade in the New York City public school system. Inspired by her student’s storytelling and drawings, Abby began to write her own stories for children. Determined to illustrate her stories, Abby taught herself to draw after not having drawn since childhood. Ralph Tells A Story is her first book. Abby lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and her two children. Learn more about the author: www.abbyhanlon.com
Published September 18, 2012 by Two Lions. 1 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Ralph Tells a Story

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Stories are everywhere! exclaims Ralph's teacher, and Hanlon proves it in her debut picture book. While Ralph's classmates eagerly scribble stories, he displays his creativity by finding excuses to

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Eventually, Ralph finds inspiration in a memory of an encounter with an inchworm, and when it comes time to share his story, Ralph's classmates' questions prompt him to wildly embellish it, emphasizing the value of oral storytelling.

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