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Tessie Tames Her Tongue

Tessie Tames Her Tongue

A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen


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.

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ISBN: 978-1-63198-133-3
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–9
Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Measure: 600L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Page Count: 36
Praise for Tessie Tames Her Tongue
Featured in Publishers Weekly’s list of children’s titles that offer “emotional guidance through the thick and thin”

“A fine addition to collections geared toward adults working with children.”—School Library Journal

“Highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”—Children’s Bookwatch
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  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.2, MS.3, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.4
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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August 18, 2017 / WanderingBookseller - Washington
Dynamic book for talkative extroverts!

We all know and love a kid (or even adult) with a gushing river of things to say but how to we get a word in edgewise or engage the vital lesson of also being a listener? As a parent, educator and bookseller, I have yearned for this exact book. Told with pedagogical humor and wisdom, Tessie discovers she has wonderful things to share alongside tools to tame her tongue!


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