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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 Fremont, Nebraska with her husband and three children. A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue was her first children's book.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931636869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931636865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Brown on April 21, 2007
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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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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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The book was a little too long for my five year olds, so I read ahead and noted the pages I needed to summarize.
This is still great for teaching tattle rules. We read the rules at the end of the book and wrote the rules out on chart paper. We even made our own tattle tongues after reading the book. The anchor chart below has been in my classroom all year and I refer to it at least once a day! :)
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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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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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By Martha on February 7, 2016
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This book terrified my son. It sends the message that if you "tattle" you will not have friends - nobody will sit with you at lunch and nobody will play with you at recess. Worst of all, your tongue will begin to get longer & become yellow with purple spots. Towards the end of the book Josh is pushed by a classmate who butts in line, and his reward for not tattling is that now the boy will sit with him at lunch. Several other example are included that as far as I'm concerned need to be "tattled" - the family dog chews up a new rug, but because he didn't do it "on purpose," Josh should not tattle - What???? This book encourages kids to stay quiet no matter what.
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While I think this is a great book it has had a real negative in my life. The children have taken this as a 'do not tell anything ever' vs tell important things. I just found out a child had been bulling and hitting mine and she cried sobbing say she did not want tattle tounge.
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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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