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A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue (Children's/Life Skills) Paperback – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Children's/Life Skills
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974778982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974778983
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Helping kids learn the difference between tattling and telling.

"No one likes"Josh the Tattler" because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! Until one night he wakes up to find his tongue is very long, yellow, and covered in bright purple spots. Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson?

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who "battle the tattle" at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else, can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about "The Tattle Rules." Every adult that desires to help children understand the differences between unnecessary tattling and the necessity of warning others about important matters needs this book!

"It is clear Julia Cook is very in-touch with the realities of how much to both engage and educate children. She has created a fanciful story replete with rhyme, repetition, and a healthy dose of imagery and imagination that tastefully and responsibly tackles the problem of childhood tattling. A wonderful book that children, parents, and educators will love!"

– Dr. Laura A. Jana – Author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: Birth to Reality

About the Author

Julia Cook is a former teacher and school counselor with a Master’s degree in Elementary School Counseling. She strives to help children explore their untapped potential by actively engaging them in creative stories that not only entertain, but inspire children to change for the better. Her fun, child-friendly stories are inspired by years of working with children and carefully listening to parents and teachers. She lives in Freemont, Nebraska with her husband and three children. A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is her first children’s book.

More About the Author

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook, a former school counselor and teacher, never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's book author. Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book - Tattle Tongue. Fast forward seven years later, and she has more than 50 published books and activity guides. She now travels the country inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared" says Julia who takes top research and creativity and translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.

Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by the National Parenting Center and Mom's Choice Awards. Her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, drlaura.com, and babyzone.com and she has also been featured on CNN's HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.

Julia has presented in more than 800 schools across the country and regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education, counseling and character conferences. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world.
- Julia Cook

Customer Reviews

This book has been great for my 9 and 7 year olds.
Evan
The illustrations compliment the book nicely and the children enjoy the storyline and pictures.
kj
I read this book to my first grade classes, and they love it!
Guidance Counselor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on April 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
After seeing the author, Julia Cook, read this at a local book store's story time, I immediately purchased Tattle Tongue. With a 6, 4 and 3 year old it was a fabulous place to start understanding tattling. Within days I was reading it to my son's first grade class and his teacher was absolutely thrilled. This is a great story that really gives youngsters an idea of how to separate tattling from necessary information. The rules are explained in simple language with good examples. A great basis to help kids with the topic of tattling.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Guidance Counselor on January 28, 2008
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I am an elementary school guidance counselor. I read this book to my first grade classes, and they love it! It really helps them to clarify what the difference is between "telling" and "tattling." Moreover, it allows me to elaborate on examples of when it is necessary to talk to an adult about dangerous situations. I would definitely recommend this book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Heather on May 31, 2008
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I am an elementary school counselor and have read this book to my 1st and 2nd grade classes and they absolutely love it! It is entertaining as well as educational and really explains the difference between "tattling" and "reporting" so these students understand it! I definitely recommend this book for parents and educators alike!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lacie Wolfrey-O'Brien on July 29, 2009
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I purchased this book for my Kindergarten class. The book has some great ideas on how to combat tattling, but as a read aloud, I feel it is too long and not engaging enough to get the point across. This might work better for 2nd and up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Grimes on September 27, 2008
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Tattle Tongue is a very clear, cute way to stop tattling in the classroom. It models for children the difference between telling and tattling. Being able to purchase a poster of the rules was a nice bonus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlynn Mauer on October 22, 2011
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As a 2nd grade teacher, I love using the book "Tattle Tongue" along with the activity book to teach my students about when it's appropriate to give a safety "warning" and when it's just tattling. I particularly love the activity page that offers a variety of different scenarios and the students decide whether or not each one is a tattle. It's also fun for the kids. If a student starts to tattle, I just say "itchy itchy, scratchy scratchy" and we both end up laughing. All of her books are great for covering social skills in a way that is fun for the kids. Love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AMD on October 22, 2009
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My 4 year old son had developed a horrible problem with tattling. We read this book solidly for a week, then off and on for the next month. It helped break his habit and also gave me a quick and handy phrase (are we having tattle tongue) when he'd slip and start to tattle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Tyre on November 3, 2010
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I used this book with 2nd graders for a lesson on tattling vs. reporting. They loved it! The twist at the end had them guessing and discussing as well. I only wish the language in the book had been the same as what we call it at school . . . tattling and REPORTING. Still a good book though. I would definitely recommend it.
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