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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 2006 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591472407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591472407
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—The piggies in Mrs. McNeal's class learn the difference between tattling and informing an adult in an emergency. After enduring a morning of students "squealing" on one another, the teacher explains that kids should try to work out their kid-sized problems themselves, but they should seek help when a more serious situation arises. When Mrs. M. falls down, the children take the appropriate action and call for help. Although the plot is contrived and the ending abrupt, readers will recognize the familiar-sounding accusations. The brightly colored cartoons are on target and add a touch of humor to the didactic text. A concluding note discusses common reasons why children tattle as well as ways to turn these episodes into teachable moments by using problem-solving skills. This book may be helpful for teachers and parents who need to deal with this particular nuisance.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Great book for teaching children about tattling.
K. Gonzales
This is a great book for helping kids understand when they need to "squeal".
TerriVancouver
It has a good message and it is a very cute story.
Bernadette Drew

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. Kline on October 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a third grade teacher, this book is excellent for my students plus a few grades younger. My students have talked about the book several weeks since I've read it to them. I am buying another copy to share.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Stutzer on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
A tale of Tattletales is a great tool to use with children in play therapy and who need help learning when it is okay to tell and when it is just squealing. Teachers can use this book to cut down on the day to day squealing in the classroom and parents can use it to stop the sibling-she did it-he did it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lynn Pothier on February 17, 2009
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I purchased this book to try to get my 1st graders to stop tattling on each other. This is a good book and I love the rules of tattling that teach everyone the proper time to tell on someone.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on August 5, 2010
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I'm a school counselor and work with about four hundred K-5 students and yep.....they sure can tattle! So being the proactive lady I am....I have scoured the EARTH for SOLID books on tattling. I say solid because I am not a fan of books that make kids feel bad for tattling. Not cool. Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal is definitely a favorite. I work really hard on helping students see the difference between small problems ("Laura looked at me!") and big problems ("Laura punched me!"). Hint: make sure to incorporate lessons on how to problem solve with tattling lessons. If they truly don't know how to solve a problem - then of course they'll tattle! I seriously notice a decrease in tattling when the kids feel educated and AWARE of their behavior. And of course I have a blast with this lesson when I use my trusty pig puppets. The kids love coming up and using the puppets to figure out how not to sweat the small stuff.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Darcia L. Mortiboy on December 8, 2009
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Hilarious book about pigs and how often they tattle to their teacher. I read this during Guidance lessons to K-3rd grade once a year. I also made a poster for each classroom that say 'don't squeal unless its a big deal' and the times it is important to 'squeal'. The kids think the book is funny, and I enjoy reading it. Win Win!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tilton on August 26, 2012
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Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal, is written by Jeanie Franz Ransom and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic for pre-schoolers to third graders. A great message for children accompanied with colorful, expressive pictures emphasizing how exhausting tattling can be for all involved. There are 19 students in Mrs. McNeal's class. And 19 tattletales. Teacher McNeal does a wonderful job of asking the tattlers if they've talked with the accused student, have they been hurt, or have they tried to fix the problem first before coming to her? She comes up with a new rule that she prints on the blackboard: " Don't squeal unless it's a big deal." The piglets learn when it is the proper time to tell a teacher. Then one afternoon that rule is tested when something BIG happens. The children are left to their own resources and have to use everything they've learned to take care of the problem. The author is a school counselor and does an outstanding job of showing and not preaching to the students. She has included a guide for teachers and parents at the end. Kids will enjoy this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Xena Baby on May 23, 2010
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My class has had a big problem with tattling. The title of the book sounded cute. I was worried that the book would be too childish for my 6-10 year olds, but it wasn't. They loved the pictures, and they continue to ask to borrow it to read it. It has definitely helped explain what is a big enough deal to tell the teacher about. I love this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MunnyBunny on March 19, 2011
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This book is absolutely wonderful! I can't say enough about it. My son and daughter (4 and 2 respectively) really enjoy reading this book. It's humerous and just great fun. My son reads it on his own, or reads to his sister. It really teaches little ones how to know the difference between telling and tattling. It shows when a problem can be taken care of by a kid vs.when it needs to be taken to a grown up. Cannot say enough about this book. I highly recommend it!
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More About the Author

Jeanie Franz Ransom got the writing bug when her third-grade teacher read Jeanie's poem aloud to the entire third grade. Jeanie entered her first writing contest in fifth grade and won a twenty-pound turkey. (Yes, the contest theme was Thanksgiving.) She sold her first story (for money, not turkeys) to Seventeen magazine when she was seventeen. Since then, Jeanie's worn many writing hats: advertising copywriter, magazine freelancer, and her very favorite, children's author. Jeanie started writing for children when she had children. Now an award-winning picture book author, she frequently speaks at schools and professional conferences. Jeanie lives near St. Louis, Missouri, with her art-director husband and a rescue Sheltie named Nemo (aka Jeanie's "office assistant," even though his typing skills are atrocious!). When she's not working at home in her "writing "lair," she's often "cafe writing" at Starbucks, where she works part-time as a barista and Coffee Master. To find out more, visit Jeanie's website: www.jeanieransom.com.

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