It’s Treat Tuesday! Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

treatbadgeIt’s Treat Tuesday! What are you reading….I mean eating?!

Thank you Shannon Houghton for the awesome meme picture! Check out Shannon’s fabulous blog!

Ralph Tells a StoryRalph Tells A Story by Abby Hanlon goes well with mixed fruit. If you read my blog weekly, I know you are as shocked as I am that I actually have two weeks in a row of healthy treats. It is mind-blowing.

What is also mind-blowing is how amazing my Twitter friends are when it comes to recommending books. I love how they always come up with titles that my students and I will enjoy. The perfect example is Ralph Tells A Story! My friend  recommended this book to me as one of her top 5 must read picture books. I can see why it came with such high praise. It is a perfect book to use as a mentor text for writing. I plan on using it to teach about coming up with ideas for writing stories.

At the beginning of this story Ralph has a difficult time figuring out what to write. I really love how Ralph shows some of the same behaviors my students do when they don’t know what to write.  The pictures are great. The writing is funny and students will be able to relate to Ralph. He finally overcomes his writing block and is able to write and share. I love Ralph’s writing tips at the back of the book. You will have to read the book to find out why tip #4 is my favorite!

The author Abby Hanlon is a teacher. You can tell that she has taught first grade based on the humorous classroom pictures and writing. I recommend you read this book and then use it as a mentor text for writing in the fall. I think your students will enjoy it.

Check out    interview with Abby Hanlon. The author talks about writer’s workshop and how she came up with the idea for Ralph Tells a story.

What are some of your favorite picture books to use as mentor text for writing? What gem of a book have you read that was recommended to you by a friend? I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section.

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