Tuesday, May 26, 2020

"Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle" - a bookwrap


Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle

Authored by Ashley Bartley
Illustrated by Brian Martin

* Ages:  5-10
* Grade Level:  K-5
* Paperback:  31 pages
* Publisher:  Boys Town Press
* Pub. Date:  July 14, 2020
* Language:  English

From the Inside Flap

She's proud to be the school's biggest tattler, always slithering up to the teacher to rat out anyone who makes a mistake or acts a little mischievous. One minute she's outing Opal the Octopus for doodling, and the next minute she's calling out Casey the
Cow for blowing bubbles.
Is Diamond just a snake in the grass who can't be trusted? The class busybody who likes getting her classmates into trouble? Or does she tattle because she thinks it's the only right thing to do?

Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle is a cutely illustrated tale about figuring out when the right thing to do means telling an adult and when the best thing to do is figuring it out on your own. A great lesson for young readers in grades K-5.

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You

The Book

This clever rhyming book is part of a series that teaches social skills. It is very well-written and the message rings true to kids who may be struggling with tattling. 

" Diamond Rattle loves to tattle.
She's been telling on others for years.
She's quick to glide up to her teacher's desk
and tattle to all of her peers."

Diamond's classmates nickname her "snake in the grass" and find her very untrustworthy as she is always looking for someone to bust.  Even though Diamond thinks she is doing the right thing her tattling has consequences.  She finds herself friendless and eats lunch alone each day while the other kids have a great time enjoying their food and each other's company.  

Her wise teacher, Miss Crow, patiently and lovingly explains that Diamond must learn to save her rattle signal warning for things that are important or dangerous.  Things like if someone else is hurting,  not feeling well, of if they go off with a stranger, just to name a few.  Will Diamond listen and heed her teacher's advice?  This book offers a great lesson on developing problem-solving skills and how to make friends.  

The illustrations are very well done.  They are meaningful, colourful and expressive.  This debut author has included tips for parents and educators at the end of the book... a valuable life lesson for sure.  I love the book and highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author 

Ashley Bartley, M,Ed, NCC is a school counselor whose writing has been published in The Joyful Life magazine and on the Kindred Mom blog. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in school counseling from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she grew up. She also has a diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young boys. Learn more at www.counselorstation.com

About the Illustrator

Brian is an Author/Illustrator from Richmond, Virginia. A graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Brian started his career as an Internationally Syndicated Cartoonist. Though he was passionate about his work with his comic-strip “Creek”, continuing the rigors of meeting daily deadlines became a labor of love. Brian eventually channeled his love of story telling with his illustrations to children’s picture books. To date, Brian has illustrated over 20 published Children’s Books. Being a Children’s Book illustrator has been an amazing experience so far for Brian and he is constantly looking for opportunities to bring stories to life for both children and parents to enjoy. When Brian isn’t busy making art, he enjoys using his free time to play with his 4 kids.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing my book and for your thoughtful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!