Gestalt Images Help Young Readers on the Road to Reality in New Picture Book

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J.B. Ralph portrays ‘A Kid’s World,’ which will be featured at the 2014 Texas Library Association Book Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas on April 8 – 11, 2014.

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People do not look, act and think alike, nor do they read and talk alike. It takes almost a magician to be able to communicate with everyone while treating them all as though they were all the same. Many teachers have discovered that stimulating every child’s thinking process and helping them to find the truth in their reality can be very difficult, which is where author J.B. Ralph’s new picture book enters. It gives children and adults a fun-filled shared learning experience that will take them inside “A Kid’s World.”

Ralph’s book is a vehicle of unrelated little stories, vignettes and observations that portray a child’s awe, dream-like wonder and simple descriptions of the world and its inhabitants. These descriptions dovetail with the author’s mission to entertain, to educate, and to attract and stimulate his young audience’s interest in examining dreams, fantasies and other influences in their lives. The author calls it the “interesting process of gaining maturity and sophistication.”

A child can certainly gain a message different than that on the mind of the author. It is a type of teaching technique through reverse psychology, one that utilizes a child’s connecting to reality while he or she still is unfamiliar with many things. It is a purpose wonderfully circumscribed by this provocative juvenile reading experience.

By portraying “A Kid’s World”, Ralph hopes that even the youngest child will be stimulated to be thinking, evaluating, and might even be saying, “That’s not me. I don’t have to believe that, and I would never say or do that. I’m not a child anymore.” Through this, Ralph aims to help them take a real step on the road to maturity, facilitating their personal growth and development through shared experiences with their parents, family members and teachers.

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About the Author

Jack Ralph, a Navy veteran, was born in Chicago, grew up in Easton, Pa, attended Lafayette College, Georgetown University, and graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. His wife of over 60 years is a beautiful redhead and a former professional bowler. They are parents who enjoy their two sons, have five grandchildren, terrific daughters-in law, and they joyously share their sense of humor also with that of their cousins, their fine in-laws and, with encouragement, possibly the receptive word.

Ralph has devoted much of his life in the interest of civil rights, both as a volunteer and as a professional. He wrote and published documents and delivered speeches on behalf of all minorities, handicapped persons and the aging population.

A Kid's World - Part One * by J.B. Ralph
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4931-2396-4
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-2397-1

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