Rrralph

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert was a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Rrralph is a very easy-to-read book about a dog who seems to be able to talk. He even told his owners that his name was Ralph! Ralph tells his owners when he’s on the roof, that there’s bark on the tree, that the path is rough, that a wolf is nearby, that he wants to come in the house when he’s scared, and he makes it clear when it’s time to sleep. Can Ralph really talk to his owners? The fun will be in having young readers decide!

Like many books by Lois Ehlert, the best part of this book, in my opinion, is the illustrations. These collages were made from zippers, wood, buttons, twine, metal, tree bark, screws, hand-painted and handmade papers, and textile fragments. Readers will enjoy seeing how these objects come together to make lively pictures, and they may even be inspired to use everyday materials to create their own pictures.

Rrralph is an excellent book to share with art teachers and students who are interested in visual arts. This book may also generate discussion on different ways we can use or recycle materials.

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