Ralph Tells A Story
You gotta feel for the young hero of Abby Hanlon's Ralph Tells A
Story. His exuberant teacher (who looks like a red haired version of
one of your favorite reviewers) announces to the class that stories
are everywhere. His peers agree whole heartedly. You see them
gleefully writing and sharing with each other. Ralph, however, can't
think of a thing to write. Nothing happens to him. He spends a lot
of time making trips to the bathroom and water fountain and walking
around the room. His muse is MIA. Nothing inspires him.
Then the moment of truth. It's sharing time. His teacher calls
on Ralph and...
...read the book to catch the very affirming surprise ending.
It's a super read aloud.
On a personal note, I tried my future son-in-law's fetticini recipe
and found it as easy to make as it is delicious.
A great big shout out goes out to all kids and adults who struggle
with writers' block and don't give up.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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