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TESSA ON HER OWN-Homeless, Moving, Self-Esteem Children's Book (Life Skills Childrens eBooks Text-Only Version 24) [Kindle Edition]

Alyssa Chase
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Book Description

For the serious young reader - ages 6-9

This version of TESSA ON HER OWN does not include the illustrations. The text carries the story pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.

If the luminous illustrations are better for your needs, then please click on TESSA ON HER OWN in the Fully Illustrated Version.

TESSA ON HER OWN will encourage young readers to take care of themselves in age-appropriate ways. It will also help develop a positive attitude toward work.


Meet Tessa, a beautiful California red fox, and share a modern fable in praise of industry.

While her brothers and sisters learn to stalk, chase, and pounce-Tessa lies half asleep under a blackberry bush, waiting for lunch to be served.

Then one day, big brother Rex decides it is time Tessa started hunting for herself. "You can't be a lazy fox forever," he tells her.

Tessa doesn't like to be told what to do. So with her bright tail dragging in the dust, she strikes off to live on her own. Tessa soon discovers, however, that the life of a scavenger is not easy. And when she has to spend a scary night in a smelly garbage dumpster, she decides she is better off doing what foxes do naturally-hunting for dinner.

Tessa's tale takes place in the Ojai Valley of southern California's coastal mountains. From the rough chaparral of the Topa Topa bluffs to the wildflower fields and orange groves of the valley below, author Alyssa Chase has recreated the beauty of one of California's most scenic locations.

And in addition to her perfect descriptions of the elusive red fox, she has rendered a charming supporting cast of wildlife-playful field mice, a bossy California quail, a gruff mule deer, an unfriendly coyote, and a bandit raccoon with her laughing pups.

Alyssa's story has the straightforward charm of a fable-a classic statement in praise of industry for today's child.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about the flora and fauna of the Ojai Valley of Southern California. There are colorful facts about the Red Fox and its den, Predators, the Coyote, the California Poppy, the Deer Mouse, the Territory, Scavengers, the California Quail, and the Mule Deer. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the value of work and becoming self-reliant. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.


If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 6-9.

Read WITH your children, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Tessa, a red fox kit, is too lazy to hunt, but she can always talk her brother Rex into sharing his catch. Finally Rex's altruism wears thin, and he declares that he's going off on his own. Not to be outdone, Tessa goes her own way as well, eventually vying with the raccoons for the scraps in city garbage cans. Only after she is trapped overnight in a dumpster does Tessa finally face up to her indolence and resolve to change. Lest any reader miss the point, an afterword addressed to "parents and educators" pounds home the book's didactic purpose: people "must work to live succesfully." However, Maeno's (Minou; Kylie's Song) lovely watercolors, filled with botanical abilities, may redeem this heavy-handed story for some nature lovers. The illustrated endpapers add facts about flora and fauna glimpsed within. A videocassette and an activity guide are also available. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1?Tessa is a lazy fox who decides to go live on her own. She survives by eating out of garbage cans and gets caught in a dumpster, where she spends hours contemplating her indolence and subsequently vows to learn to hunt. While the book claims to promote self-reliance, the plodding and uninvolving writing and the use of anthropomorphism just muddle the issue. The endpapers contain a two-page spread of information on the Ojai Valley, CA, which gives the definite impression that this is a nonfiction title; however, very few facts are offered and the emphasis is placed instead on animals' (decidedly human) emotions and thought processes. The illustrations rely heavily on wide-eyed creatures smiling at one another, with the piece de resistance being Tristan, a dog fox, stepping out of the tall grass and introducing himself to Tessa. This well-meaning, but unfocused, meandering effort misses the mark by a mile.?Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC Self-Esteem and Self Respect Publications-MarshMedia (October 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046REKJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tessa On Her Own April 3, 2013
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This is a charming story with beautiful illustrations that will help children learn that it is neither desirable nor beneficial to be lazy, and that they need to develop skills as they grow which will help them to live on their own someday when they are grown. The "Letter to Parents & Educators" with the questions at the end of the story will help children think about and discuss the message that the story conveys. The "Enrichment" page with ecological information about the wildlife in that part of California where the story takes place is also a plus. This story is a nice way to teach these valuable life lessons to children, and is highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars KINDLE VERSION HAS NO ILLUSTRATIONS March 2, 2012
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This is a nice story about learning to take care of yourself and not being selfish. However, although the hardcover version is apparently a very nice picture book, the kindle version has no illustrations at all and is just plain text. I was disappointed to see that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Kindle Illistrations! March 3, 2012
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OK book, but for kids, illistrations are a big part of the fun. If you have a kindle, don't buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cute Story of Independence! August 21, 2013
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Tessa on her own Homeless, Moving, Self-Reliance Children's Picture Book by Chasse is another great animal story with message. Tessa the fox learns how to be independent by doing herself. Something every child should learn. The illustrations are fabulous, although I found the print too small for the book layout. However I definitely recommend this story because the storyline shines! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids book January 24, 2013
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Bought this book for my child, and she loves it and it can keep her occupied when needed. Easy to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and caring January 19, 2013
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Great practice reading for little ones with a good moral for the children to learn. My third grade girl loved the story.
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