Tuesday, November 13, 2012

sols: this is ralph

Slice of Life Stories hosted


I'm feeling a bit like Ralph.
I want to lay on the floor and look for a story.
I wish I could do anything else right now but write.
I need my students to understood that I feel this way too sometimes.
Just like Ralph.  Just like them.

Oh! What? I'm sorry. You don't know who Ralph is? Well, you have to meet him!  

I heard about Ralph on Twitter and Goodreads.  I knew he was out there, but we never really connected.

I was formally introduced to Ralph by Stacey at the Two Writing Teachers blog.  I learned about Ralph's story with some help from Abby.  There was even a little Ralph giveaway, but I didn't win Ralph.

Then Betsy mentioned Ralph on her Teaching Young Writers blog.  I knew I had to get a hold of Ralph.

I continued to check my local library day after day to see if Ralph was visiting, but he never showed up!

RALPH!!!  WHERE ARE YOU?!?

I finally clicked the link on my library's website suggesting a purchase and I requested:

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon



Within a week, I met Ralph.  And Ralph had me at:

"My teacher always said, 
'Stories are everywhere!'  
And the kids in my class were always finding them.  
But every day at writing time, 
I thought really hard.  
I stared at my paper.  
I stared at the ceiling.  
I could not write a story."

The story of trying (and trying) to write a story is shared to perfection. We all know a Ralph.  Hey, we all have a little "Ralph" in us.  The combination of Ralph's story and the illustrations:  a MUST have addition to your library and a perfect mentor text for any writer!

I was SO excited to share Ralph with a couple colleagues yesterday.  I am thrilled to share Ralph with YOU today.  But I just CAN'T WAIT to share Ralph with my students!

C'mon Ralph!  Let's go tell more stories!

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Want even more good news?!? Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon is now $5.00 on Amazon!  What are you waiting for?!?  Go get Ralph and invite him into your classroom and library . . . now!




17 comments:

  1. Love this - I want to meet Ralph too. He has many like-minded friends in my classroom. Just ordered, thanks!

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  2. Such a deal! I need to bring Ralph with me as I work with teachers and kids. Thanks for finding the deal!

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  3. You'll have to bring Ralph with you next week - I'd enjoy meeting him. As you said, there's a Ralph in all of us. That mental block that comes with not knowing what to write and then not really "wanting" to write. Thanks for sharing. Love ya, M

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  4. I just ordered Ralph, Michelle. I too saw those reviews, & know this was a book for many teachers & students. You've written this so enticingly. How can anyone resist!

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  5. I'm glad you love Ralph has much as I do. He's an inspiration for us all!

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  6. Sweet...even my sixth graders need to hear this!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing. The descriptions you wrote were great! Your writing makes me want to order it too!

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  8. Ah Ralph! You are so right...everyone knows a Ralph and everyone has a little Ralph inside of them. After reading the interview with the author I immediately sent a message to my teaching buddy to check it out and then headed straight to the computer to order my very own copy. While I'm a little jealous that you purchased it for $5, the extra $3 I spent on my copy are well worth it. Glad you enjoyed Ralph as much as I did!

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  9. Oh for sure we all have a little Ralph in us! Today although I finally posted, it just didn't feel like "normal"...I need to meet Ralph!

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  10. I met Ralph last night. There were many Ralphs in one of my classes today who I think will appreciate meeting Ralph tomorrow during a read aloud.;)

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  11. Getting him this weekend! Thanks for the reminder that we all do have a little Ralphie inside of us. xo

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  12. I got my own personal (not a library borrow) on Friday. I think I hugged it for over a minute, then quickly wrote my name in it to make sure everyone knows it is mine! I love this character and the things that he has allowed me to do and expand in my classroom this year. What an amazing find, thank you Stacey! I wrote about Ralph again today, just a little.

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  13. After reading your post and all the comments, I can't wait to meet Ralph. No library copy..hmmm...might just have to order this one!

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  14. Only $5?! Think of all the things that will last a far shorter time for $5. I think Ralph is going to be finding his way into a lot of classrooms after this!

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  15. I have been hearing about Ralph everywhere, but nobody has been quite so convincing as you in their introductions. I love the repetition of his name throughout your slice! I think Ralph will be coming home with me very soon. Wait. That doesn't sound right. I think he will be joining my classroom soon. That is better!

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  16. Ha! Yes, there were a couple times I had to play with my phrasing and wording too! :)

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  17. Woo hoo - many copies of Ralph Tells a Story arrived on my porch today! Squee!

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