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HEY! That's No Way To Behave Book I

Three rhyming stories about behavior.

Photo of Lillian Hightower

Written by

Rough Rowdy Ralphy

Ralphy is a little boy who mischief sometimes follows; 

When the other children see him coming, they run, hide, and holler.


“Ralphy!  Ralphy! don’t do that”, his Father’s heard to say…

”You mustn’t push the other children and take their toys away”. 


Now Ralphy is not a bad 3 year old, he just gets a little anxious;  

Sometimes it’s really hard to control being so rambunctious.


Ralphy’s Dad explains to him that when he begins to feel this way, 

that he needs to take some quiet time to think about his day. 


He tells him that to make new friends “you must be nice, not mean”; 

A lesson that he also taught to his sister Celine. 


So now when Ralphy starts to feel like he wants to push and tug; 

He takes a moment, stops and thinks…and instead gives a Great Big Hug.

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

My goal is to help children and parents talk about behavior and examine how behavior can result in different outcomes. I am currently working on creating an interactive website, were each character is animated, and children and parents can choose different outcomes based on the behavior. The website will also include original songs that children can sing along with about behavior.

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Hey! That's No Way To Behave

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Ralphy is a little boy who mischief sometimes follows; when the other children see him coming, they run, hide, and holler. “Ralphy! Ralphy! don’t do that”, his Father’s heard to say…”You mustn’t push the other children and take their toys away”. Now Ralphy is not a bad 3 year old, he just gets a little anxious: Sometimes it’s really hard to control being so rambunctious. Ralphy’s Dad explains to him that when he begins to feel this way, that he needs to take some quiet time to think about his day. He tells him that to make new friends “you must be nice, not mean”; A lesson that he also taught to his sister Celine. So now when Ralphy starts to feel like he wants to push and tug; He takes a moment, stops and thinks…and instead gives a Great Big Hug.

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

I am born and raised in Philadelphia. I currently live in the Northwest Section of Philadelphia.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

My goal is to identify children of all nationalities and that all children regardless of ethnicity, share issues about behavior.

Location: Country

Philadelphia, PA USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am creative and love telling stories through words, pictures and song. I write and perform music with my husband. I wrote my first rhyming story for my daughter, who at the age of 3 had a temper tantrum. This resulted in the story of Tonya's Temper Tantrum. I co-own a media company with my husband in Philadelphia, PA. I am a marketing consultant for a number of non-profit organizations.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • In the news

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
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Attachments (3)

Tonya's_Temper_Tantrum_revised.pdf

Tonya's story examines anger and how it makes you feel.

Hector's Horrible Habits_revised.pdf

Hector's story examines how to be a good neighbor.

Rough_Rowdy_Ralphy_revised.pdf

Ralphy's story examines better ways to make friends.

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Hi
just reaching out to the members of my team.
Did you make the Top Ten?

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Team

Hi, unfortunately I didn't make the Top Ten. How about you?

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

No I wasn't chosen either.
I got my rejection email today.
Sometime tomorrow I shall be removing my entries.
Feel free to reach out to me via messenger at https://www.facebook.com/dawnnbooks

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Team

Thank you for your feedback through this process. I wish you much success as you continue your creative and inspiring writing.

Photo of Dawnnbooks .
Team

You are very welcome.
Though unsuccessful it has been a unique and rewarding experience.
Every success to you too.

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