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Tessie Tames Her Tongue

Tessie 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.

A section in the back of the Tessie book provides tips for parents, educators, and school counselors to reinforce the themes of the books.

Tessie Tames Her Tongue,
2017 Free Spirit Publishing
Juvenile Fiction/Growing Up
ISBN 978-63198-133-3
36pp., full-color, 8"x10" Ages 5-9


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Tessie Tames Her Tongue
A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen

Tessie puts a positive spin on children who talk too much while she learns to listen as much as she speaks

MINNEAPOLIS, 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. ... Read more.


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Tessie 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 more.

Tessie 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 more.

The 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. ... Read more.

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