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

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

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

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Dear Team Member...
It's only hours now until the close of submissions.
Still time for the last minute polish.
There are some really strong stories among the almost 400 entrees.
Good luck to us all.

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Today (21 March) is World Poetry Day.
Thought I would reach out to ÔÇïmy Team and ÔÇïsay Hey!
This competition is great and
We have over 100 submissions to dateÔÇï!!!ÔÇï
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https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-poetry-day-2019/
>>Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.<<
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Read any 5 stories in this competition and see how true that statement is.
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GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!!!!

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Behavior management skills are important to children's emotional and social development! Good content!

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Thank you for your feedback! I hope you had a chance to look at the attachments. I see that you are an educator of young children. I commend you. How children respond to their emotions and how adults respond to the child's behavior, I feel is an important dialogue to be had. This is what sparked me to create these characters.

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I see you have added me to your team.
I am honoured.
Feel free to reach out to me. If I can I shall surely assist.

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Thank you. I hope you don't mind. Your feedback is appreciated.

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no not at all. it's alright.

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A great way to improve and revise your work is through connecting with others and receiving feedback. Anne-Marie Akin  is another storyteller who is also exploring the theme of positive and negative feelings of children. I encourage you both to provide a couple of lines of feedback to one another’s manuscript submissions through the comments section to support the refinement of your work!
Happy connecting!

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I read this when you put it up and I was not quite clear on Two books, with 3 rhyming stories each.

So I came back today.
Is Rough Rowdy Ralphy an example? Or will all six stories to be considered.

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Hello, thanks for your inquiry. Rough Rowdy Ralphy is just one example. He is one of six characters. I did upload the stories from the first book as attachments. Tonya's Temper Tantrum, Hector's Horrible Habits and Rough Rowdy Ralphy. I will upload Book II as well. I wish to have both Books considered. You can click on the attachments to view the other two characters in Book I. I appreciate any feedback. Thank You.

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Oh I missed that.
Will have to re-explore
Thanks

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Lillian Hightower I did access the attachments. The message in the stories are good. Your illustrations and colours are great I can only draw stick-men. I like how you slipped in some Spanish. Good job.

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Thank you. I appreciate your input. I am still working on developing each character and their story. The books are a rough draft. My children were developed from stick figures. I used shapes to create the look of each child. (All using CoralDraw).

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Hi Lillian Hightower welcome to the Challenge Community!
You're so beautifully talking about such natural yet difficult to understand emotions that children and adults go through alike. Whats amazing about this manuscript is how it has the potential of trigger a conversation of difficult emotions between the child and care giver.
Since you have an option of 250 words, how might you use this word limit to make small paragraphs about each of your characters and their emotions in one submission ?

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Thank you for your suggestions. I wasn't sure how I should bring this all together so that each character is presented. Describing in more detail about each character and the emotion they are experiencing in short paragraphs makes sense. I am still working on developing the characters in more detail. This is just a really rough draft. Thanks again!