Unwrapping some Tattletale humour....
Unwrapping to-day's featured book...
"Miles McHale, Tattletale
Authored by Christianne Jones and illustrated by Elina Ellis
Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy...
About the book...
Miles McHale is a compulsive "tattletaler". Is that even a word? Well if not, he definitely is a taleteller. It seems everytime he opens his mouth he is tattling on someone. Unfortunately his classmates are bitten by the tattletale bug too so his teacher, Mrs. Snitcher, knows the time has come to challenge her class and sets them up to fight the Tattle Battle. What in the world is that you ask? Well teams are formed within the class and at the end of the week the team with the fewest tattles win. Sounds easy right? Wrong... it's hard to do for one whole week.
Are there rules for this battle? You bet. Mrs. Snitcher unveils these rules so everyone understands what is expected:
"If a friend is sick, hurt, or in harm's way, / Then telling someone is OKAY!"
Oh my! Can Miles change his behaviour and discern what needs to be reported and what he needs to let go? Miles has some trouble over the week trying to figure this out but has an Eureka moment when he discovers his little sister has had an accident in the kitchen while she is trying to reach for cookie. The lightbulb illuminates and he realizes he's not tattling to his mother about his sister but he is telling her about how she is hurt. What an important revelation is revealed to him!
Although Mile's team does not win the Tattle Battle, he gets awarded a special bonus. As the class comes together to recite the pledge one more time, Miles goes on to add...
"Unless it's sickness, danger, or bullying I see, I will mind my own business and worry about me."
Mrs. Snitcher is so impressed with Mile's contribution that she awards three points off Miles team for his stroke of genius. Alas, it is still not enough to win but through this challenge Miles learns some very valuable life lessons. He finds out that it's always right to apologize to your friends and he that must try his best to never tattle again. Think he can? With practice... Miles certainly can do it!
About the author...
Christianne Jones is an award-winning author of books for younger children. Her picture book Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker won a 2013 Gelett Burgess Award and was a Midwest Book Award finalist, and Hello, Goodbye, and a Very Little Lie was listed as one of the 100 best children's books by popular parenting site babble.com. Christianne lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband and three daughters.
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