"When it comes time to present her science project, no one is surprised when Tessie (the main character in our book today) does a report on her tongue.
'Do you know your tongue has eight muscles and 3,000 to 10,000 taste buds? Tongues are about four inches long and girls have shorter tongues than boys. And sticking out your tongue at people in North America is rude, but it's a greeting in Tibet.'
Who knew? A great book offering guiding principals to tame that wagging little appendage that is conveniently placed behind a mouth that closes and can put it to rest. Enjoy!
"Tessie Tames Her Tongue"
Authored by Melissa Martin
Illustrated by Charles Lehman
Grade Level: K-4
Available August 2017
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About the book...
Oh boy, to say Tessie has run-on mouth is an understatement. She not only talks non-stop but she is loud and overbearing on top of it, wanting everyone to hear all about every little aspect of her life. Her brother has had enough, her parents are worn out trying to discipline her and her classmates are constantly running away from her incessant babble. Suddenly Tessie realizes she is not much liked and isolated so she must find a way to tame that tongue that is on fire, and wagging, all the time. How can she do it?
She seeks the help from her patient teacher, Mrs. Hardy, who refers her to the school counsellor, Mr. Abel. Together they hatch a successful plan that teaches Tessie to quiet herself, talk way less and listen way more to what other people around her have to say. There is an old saying that says, "God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason." Isn't that the truth?
The back of the book features a segment entitled, "Tips for Helping Talkative Children". It is packed full of wise advice and ideas to aid you if your child is a overachiever when it comes to talking. I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!
About the author...
Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a clinical child therapist with experience as a play therapist, adjunct professor, workshop leader and trainer, and behavioral health consultant. Her specializations include mental health trauma treatment, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and expressive therapies. A self-syndicated newspaper columnist, she writes on children’s mental health issues and parenting. Melissa lives in Ohio.
About the illustrator...
Charles Lehman is an illustrator, Boy Scout leader, dad, and all-around great guy. He lives and works in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and four children. They have a traveling family singing group often compared to the Von Trapps. He has worked with many publishing houses and magazines in his illustrative career.
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