is featured in a series of picture books from Free Spirit Publishing.
Visit again in the future to read more about the delightful
and curious Tessie in her upcoming books.
section in the back of the Tessie
book provides tips for parents, educators, and school counselors
to reinforce the themes of the books.
Tames Her Tongue,
2017 Free Spirit Publishing
Juvenile Fiction/Growing Up
36pp., full-color, 8"x10" Ages 5-9
Core State Standards
Tames Her Tongue
A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen
puts a positive spin on children who talk too much while she
learns to listen as much as she speaks
MINN.--From school success to stronger leadership--even better
manners--developing listening skills is essential to a child's
growth. Through bright and talkative Tessie, author Melissa
Martin delivers practical ways for children to open their ears
and wrangle their mouths in Tessie
Tames Her Tongue, wonderfully illustrated by Charles Lehman.
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Melissa's Blog at Free Spirit. ... Click
has boundless energy and loads of curiosity, but her motormouth
tendencies aggravate everyone around her. A school counselor
encourages her to "tame her tongue" by learning to take a pause
and listen to others. Child therapist Martin asserts that kids
with big personalities and lots to say can express themselves
while also improving their socialization skills. ... Read
is bright and eager to share all the stories about her life.
She talks to her parents, her little brother, the bus driver,
her teacher, and her classmates. But when she gets chatty, she's
loud . . . and talks with her mouth full of food . . . and doesn't
give anyone else a chance to say what's on their minds. After
her little brother complains and her classmates ignore her,
Tessie knows it's time to tame her talkative tongue. With help
from her school counselor, Tessie learns to talk less and listen
more. ... Read
big seller for me as a parent though was what came after the
story. The author provided tips on how to help children in a
positive manner as well as educational lessons for caregivers,
teachers and kids. This is truly a wonderful book that would
not only help children learn the proper time to speak up but
also help the adults learn how to encourage children to have
a voice but not at the detriment of others. She even broke her
tips up into sections specifically for parents and educators.