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A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling. No one likes “Josh the Tattler” because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy…. Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling. No one likes “Josh the Tattler” because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy…. Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson? A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who “battle the tattle” at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about “The Tattle Rules.” Every adult who desires to help children understand the differences between tattling and the need to warn others about important matters needs this book!


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A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling. No one likes “Josh the Tattler” because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy…. Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue A Book that Helps Kids Learn the Difference Between Tattling and Telling. No one likes “Josh the Tattler” because he tattles way too much. He tattles on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog! But one night Josh wakes up to find that his tongue is very long, yellow, covered in bright purple spots, and Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy…. Will a bad case of Tattle Tongue teach him a lesson? A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue gives teachers and counselors a humorous, cleverly creative way to address the time-consuming tattling-related issues that often sap classroom energy and thwart teaching opportunities. Parents who “battle the tattle” at home, on the playground, in the grocery store, or anywhere else can use this book to both entertain and enlighten their children about “The Tattle Rules.” Every adult who desires to help children understand the differences between tattling and the need to warn others about important matters needs this book!

30 review for A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brett Axel

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a wonderful way to teach children when it is ok to tell on someone and when it is tattling to tell on someone. It absolutely does its intended purpose so I do recommend it. Still, there's a couple of things that bother me. The Tattle Prince that comes to visit Josh at night and teaches him the tattling rules turns out to be his teacher in some kind of secret identity. Although it may have been a dream, this isn't explicitly said and the implication is I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a wonderful way to teach children when it is ok to tell on someone and when it is tattling to tell on someone. It absolutely does its intended purpose so I do recommend it. Still, there's a couple of things that bother me. The Tattle Prince that comes to visit Josh at night and teaches him the tattling rules turns out to be his teacher in some kind of secret identity. Although it may have been a dream, this isn't explicitly said and the implication is that his teacher sneaks into his bedroom at night and 'helps' him. That is not cool. The other thing that I find troubling is that the mother's advice does not help him, but actually makes things worse by making him afraid to tell when he should be telling, and the mysterious visitor sets him straight. Its not a great message to give children that they can't trust their parents but they can trust someone who sneaks into their bedroom at night. Someone should have given this aspect a second thought and maybe revised it to be a better overall message for children.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Van

    National Center for Youth Issues, 2005, 32 pgs., Genre: Fiction, Grade level: 1-2, GR level: P, Lexile level: 610L A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is a wonderful picture book due to its creative but effective life lesson. This books reveals the how there are consequences for tattling on others. In addition, it goes to show that you will often lose or not gain friends if you tattle. In the story, this is learned through the main character Josh who loves to tattle on everyone and everything around him. National Center for Youth Issues, 2005, 32 pgs., Genre: Fiction, Grade level: 1-2, GR level: P, Lexile level: 610L A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is a wonderful picture book due to its creative but effective life lesson. This books reveals the how there are consequences for tattling on others. In addition, it goes to show that you will often lose or not gain friends if you tattle. In the story, this is learned through the main character Josh who loves to tattle on everyone and everything around him. Suddenly, his tattling catches up with him and he grows a longer, yellow and purple spotted tongue. Teaching ideas: This is a picture book that should be taught and talked about. It would work well for a read aloud for a whole class in the elementary age group setting. You can easily create a lesson on tattling in comparison to telling to go along with this story. For this book, I would teach a lesson on tattling using the relationships between everyone Josh encounters as well as their reactions surrounding his actions. Before reading the book, I would have them discuss the differences they know between tattling and telling. Then, after reading the book, I would create an anchor chart for them to use as a reference. For the information on the anchor chart, I would have them turn and talk with their partner to discuss what a "tattling" situation entails in comparison to a "telling" situation. To conclude the lesson, I would have students explain a time or create a situation where they learned a lesson based on a time they tattled. NYS ELA CCS: RL.4.9, W.4.2b

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paige Scott

    1) This book is all about understanding the differences between unnecessary tattling and the necessity of warning others about important matters. Josh the tattler, the main character does not have any friends in the book. From tattling on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog, he wakes up one night during the night find something strange on his tongue. He figures out his tongue is covered in purple spots, has turned yellow, and has grew about 5 times. Therefore, after he wakes up knowing 1) This book is all about understanding the differences between unnecessary tattling and the necessity of warning others about important matters. Josh the tattler, the main character does not have any friends in the book. From tattling on his classmates, his brother, and even his dog, he wakes up one night during the night find something strange on his tongue. He figures out his tongue is covered in purple spots, has turned yellow, and has grew about 5 times. Therefore, after he wakes up knowing that this is what happened to him after tattling, do you think Josh or your students would think twice about tattling again? 2) Grade Level: Preschool-3rd grade Age level: 5-8 years old 3) Appropriate classroom use for this book would be teaching about self control, and respect for the other students 4) Individual students who would benefit from this book would be students that do not understand the meaning between tattling and an emergency. 5) As far as small group use, I would use this book to teach my students about when it is appropriate to give a safety "warning" and when it is just tattling. This would be a center that all of the small groups would rotate too, and the others would be about different things like bullying, etc. 6) We would read this book aloud as a class, and then after the centers use from the small groups we would all come back together as group and I would give the students different scenarios to act out tattling or not tattling, and then the rest of the students would decide whether or not each one is a tattle, and each group would get to come up and act out a scenario. 7) Related Books: The Book With No Pictures, The Gingerbread Man Goes to the Zoo, The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles 8) There is an activity and idea workbook to be used as a supplementary teacher's guide to go along with the book itself. There is everything from discussion questions to exercises to do with your students.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    The book was good at describing what you should do and what not to do in life. The setting was in modern time at school and at Joshes home. The tone was happy and sad because Josh had no friends but he then gains friends. The central conflict is Josh and his Tattle Tounge. Josh loves to tattle but it was hurting him so he had to fix it. Josh attempts to fix it by stopping what he does when he tattles but because of not tattling he put people in danger. The writing was very powerful and it taught The book was good at describing what you should do and what not to do in life. The setting was in modern time at school and at Joshes home. The tone was happy and sad because Josh had no friends but he then gains friends. The central conflict is Josh and his Tattle Tounge. Josh loves to tattle but it was hurting him so he had to fix it. Josh attempts to fix it by stopping what he does when he tattles but because of not tattling he put people in danger. The writing was very powerful and it taught the lesson that was intended for the book. One weakness of the book was the word choice if they would have added one or two words for every sentence it would have flowed very well. The author did achieve her purpose by teaching people tattling can be a bad thing but also can help people in danger. The book left me with the impression that tattling is a bad, but helpful thing and could save people from danger. I would recommend this book to young children that are still learning because tattling is an important thing to learn.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chenoa Scott

    I'm sad to say that my kindergartener didn't get the right message from this book. He was already a quiet boy and needed to learn to speak up. After being read this book in kindergarten he said to me that he will check his tongue to make sure it is fine. His best friend in kindergarten was getting hit and pushed by another student daily. Was my child checking his tongue because he wasn't being a danger ranger? If nothing happens to his tongue than it proves that he wasn't supposed to tell, right I'm sad to say that my kindergartener didn't get the right message from this book. He was already a quiet boy and needed to learn to speak up. After being read this book in kindergarten he said to me that he will check his tongue to make sure it is fine. His best friend in kindergarten was getting hit and pushed by another student daily. Was my child checking his tongue because he wasn't being a danger ranger? If nothing happens to his tongue than it proves that he wasn't supposed to tell, right? Unfortunately, my son was never one to tattle but now I fear that if he is being bullied/molested or knows of someone being bullied/molested, I will never hear of it. How do I undo what has been done in his classroom?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    I LOVE LOVE this book. After having daily problems with children tattling on each other this was a perfect book to show the students what is warning and what is tattling. I hope this book helps them!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Stritzel

    Great book to help kids learn difference of consequences of rattling along with providing helpful trick for kids to not tattle. Good educational kerning book for social workers to use with kids in foster care.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Great book for all elementary grades. Loved reading it in kindergarten and watching some of them try to see if their tongues had spots too! Haha

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    This one had a fantastic message but it creeped me out. Why does the teacher sneak into this kids window? No, just no!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This is a great book that I think could apply in multiple classrooms and even work settings!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book severely scarred me as a child

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Peanasky

    Outlined rules of tattling well. I don't know how effective of an intervention this book would be. Outlined rules of tattling well. I don't know how effective of an intervention this book would be.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hailey Condos

    This book is great for teaching young children the difference between what's important to tell and what is "tattling" This book is great for teaching young children the difference between what's important to tell and what is "tattling"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carson Anderson

    This is hands down, one of my favorite books to read to my students (multiple times a year)! Joshua is the king of tattling. He will tattle on anyone, even his friends, about anything. He tattles on his friend for taking his pencil and tattles on two girls for not sharing with each other on the playground, even though it has nothing to do with him. Josh's mom warns him about tattling about how he might get "tattle tongue"! Itchy itchy, scratchy scratchy... Terrified to get tattle tongue Josh end This is hands down, one of my favorite books to read to my students (multiple times a year)! Joshua is the king of tattling. He will tattle on anyone, even his friends, about anything. He tattles on his friend for taking his pencil and tattles on two girls for not sharing with each other on the playground, even though it has nothing to do with him. Josh's mom warns him about tattling about how he might get "tattle tongue"! Itchy itchy, scratchy scratchy... Terrified to get tattle tongue Josh ends up not tattling on a bully who is going to beat up another student the next day. That night, Josh is visited by the Tattle Prince. He warns Josh that he has gotten tattle tongue, even though he didn't tattle on the bully. Then the Tattle Prince tells Josh the 4 rules of tattling: Be a Danger Ranger, Be a Problem Solver, Now or Later, and my personal favorite M.Y.O.B. (mind your own business). Once Josh understands the rules of tattling versus telling his case of the tattle tongue goes away and appears to just have been glitter. The next day at school, Mr. Cool, his teacher talks about tattling and gets glitter on the ground! Josh learns from his mistakes and gets his friends back! This is a perfect book to use in elementary school to teach students the difference between tattling and telling/reporting. There are so many various activities that you could do with students after reading this book to help reinforce this concept. At first many students struggle with the severity of an issue and if it is worth telling an adult about. But with practice and open conversations, this can really help students squish there constant need to tattle! One of the biggest takeaways for my students is rule #4, mind your own business. Many students need to realize that if a situation has nothing to do with you, then don't get involved in it. This is a WOW book because it is just a fantastic book to help with a problem that all teachers face! The book is easy to follow and very straight forward with its rules. Plus, kids get a kick out of the possibility of a yellow and purple tongue that doesn't fit in your mouth! "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue" should be a staple in EVERY teacher's classroom which makes it a WOW book for me right there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Stuber

    A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is the story of a little boy named Josh who had a big problem with tattling. He tattled so much that no one wanted to sit by him at lunch, or play with him at recess. Josh tattled so much that he started to get "tattle tongue" where he started to twitch, scratch, purple spots start to show on his tongue. It gets really bad! Josh's mom told him that every time he tattles his tongue will grow longer and longer, and yellower and yellower with more and more purple spots. A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is the story of a little boy named Josh who had a big problem with tattling. He tattled so much that no one wanted to sit by him at lunch, or play with him at recess. Josh tattled so much that he started to get "tattle tongue" where he started to twitch, scratch, purple spots start to show on his tongue. It gets really bad! Josh's mom told him that every time he tattles his tongue will grow longer and longer, and yellower and yellower with more and more purple spots. Josh learned not to tattle because he was so worried about tattle tongue. But the time when Josh should have tattled, he didn't! That night the Tattle Prince visits Josh and teaches him the rules of tattling. As long as Josh obeys the tattling rules he will no longer have tattle tongue. This is a great book for student in grades K-3 to teach them rules of tattling. This book teaches students how to be "Danger Rangers" and spot trouble, how to be "Problem Solvers" and work situations out with others, which things need to be told "Now or Later", and when to "MYOB" mind your own business! The students will love this book! This is a WOW book for me because my students were making me crazy in the classroom with all the tattling. It seemed nothing I did would help them to stop the tattling. I was able to go see the author speak at one of our Title I conferences, Julia Cook, and loved all of her stories. She has a way of being very funny while teaching important lessons to students. I ordered this book and used it in my classroom with amazing results! I had posters printed and hung around the room and would remind the students about he Tattling Rules. Students began to understand and this book really helped ease the tattling in my class! I read this book throughout the year in to my classes and even share it with my colleagues, who also love the book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    Oh my goodness, a godsend! I love how an Tattler gets Tattle Tongue (long yellow tongue with purple spots that will grow and grow) by the Tattle Prince. The difference between warning and tattling is if someone is in danger. The only way to cure the Tattle Tongue is to learn the rules. The Tattle Rules: Rule # 1 Be a Danger Ranger. If a person or animal is in danger, you MUST warn someone! Rule # 2 Be a Problem Solver. If the problem involves YOU, take charge and try hard to solve it yourself first. Oh my goodness, a godsend! I love how an Tattler gets Tattle Tongue (long yellow tongue with purple spots that will grow and grow) by the Tattle Prince. The difference between warning and tattling is if someone is in danger. The only way to cure the Tattle Tongue is to learn the rules. The Tattle Rules: Rule # 1 Be a Danger Ranger. If a person or animal is in danger, you MUST warn someone! Rule # 2 Be a Problem Solver. If the problem involves YOU, take charge and try hard to solve it yourself first. Rule # 3 Now or Later? Is the problem a "NOW" problem or a "NOT NOW" problem? Can your problem be solved at a later time? Rule # 4 M.Y.O.B. (Mind Your Own Beeswax!) If the problem is not dangerous and it does not involve you… DO NOT TATTLE!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe Padon

    Cook, J. (2006). A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. TN: National Center for Youth Issues Josh has a terrible habit of tattling. Because of this bad habit, nobody wants to be Josh's friend. One night Josh developed a bad case of the tattle tongue. Every time he tattles, his tongue turns yellow with purple spots and becomes long and itchy. This bad case of the tattle tongue helps Josh to learn the difference between tattling and telling. I would recommend this to Kindergarten classes as this is when a l Cook, J. (2006). A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. TN: National Center for Youth Issues Josh has a terrible habit of tattling. Because of this bad habit, nobody wants to be Josh's friend. One night Josh developed a bad case of the tattle tongue. Every time he tattles, his tongue turns yellow with purple spots and becomes long and itchy. This bad case of the tattle tongue helps Josh to learn the difference between tattling and telling. I would recommend this to Kindergarten classes as this is when a lot of them develop the need to tattle. It is a good book for teachers to teach the difference about tattling and telling and how to problem solve on their own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Lucas

    This is a good/ silly book to help teach students not to tattle.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Much to my surprise, my 5 year old daughter picked this book out. I wasn't really excited about it, even as I was pre-reading it, but she loved it and as I read it aloud to her, I realized that it does have a lot of great teaching points. It is a fine line between what's tattling and what's necessary to tell grown ups about and this book does a good job of teaching kids about this difference. Since reading it, my daughter has referred back to it several times to talk about tattling. Much to my surprise, my 5 year old daughter picked this book out. I wasn't really excited about it, even as I was pre-reading it, but she loved it and as I read it aloud to her, I realized that it does have a lot of great teaching points. It is a fine line between what's tattling and what's necessary to tell grown ups about and this book does a good job of teaching kids about this difference. Since reading it, my daughter has referred back to it several times to talk about tattling.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Itchy itchy, scratchy scratchy. In the spirit of pinnochio this book teaches that for every action (or choice) there is a reaction. I was skeptical at first worried that the book would fall into the "don't snitch" category. Instead the book very carefully defines when its okay to "tell" and when is is simply none of your beeswax. Very well done in my humble opinion. Please keep in mind this book is wordy so it is not for younger kiddos, but an older group who will understand the concepts. Itchy itchy, scratchy scratchy. In the spirit of pinnochio this book teaches that for every action (or choice) there is a reaction. I was skeptical at first worried that the book would fall into the "don't snitch" category. Instead the book very carefully defines when its okay to "tell" and when is is simply none of your beeswax. Very well done in my humble opinion. Please keep in mind this book is wordy so it is not for younger kiddos, but an older group who will understand the concepts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Someone posted this on pinterest so I gave it a shot. This book gives several examples of when to tattle, when not to tattle, when to tell (if there is danger) and when to mind your own business. Would be great for teachers to read in class. Also illustrates the consequences of tattling on friends too much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ria Gill

    A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook is a creative means of teaching young children how to decipher the difference between tattling and letting an adult know when someone is in danger. This is a book with humor, which wold keep the attention of boys who frequently need more motivation to read. The illustrations are sure to catch any reader's attention. A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook is a creative means of teaching young children how to decipher the difference between tattling and letting an adult know when someone is in danger. This is a book with humor, which wold keep the attention of boys who frequently need more motivation to read. The illustrations are sure to catch any reader's attention.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz B

    A Bad Case of the Tattle Tongue is a nice book to illustrate to students the difference between tattling and giving teacher a warning. This is a good book to read more than one time to help them get the concept.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelbi Carter

    Audience: This book would be great for pre-k through sixth graders. All teachers who are struggling with tattle taling in their classrooms would benefit from this book. Appeal: This book could be used to discuss the topic of when it is appropriate to tattle and when it is not. Pre-class book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gaby Roman

    This is a great book for the younger grades of students who tattle a lot. I would read this in the beginning of the year and discuss the difference between tattling and telling something. As a class we will come of with examples of each and discuss the difference between the two.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Martin

    This is a good book to read if your students are tattle taling. After reading the book the students can discuss when it is right and wrong to tattle tale. Discuss the differences between tattling and telling.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mariel Galgas

    This book has been a life saver this school year! Reading it has slowed down tattling in my class. The rules for tattling are great and I love to say "itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy" to stop them in their tracks! This book has been a life saver this school year! Reading it has slowed down tattling in my class. The rules for tattling are great and I love to say "itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy" to stop them in their tracks!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thao

    This book can be read in the beginning of the school year, preferably the first week, to teach students the difference between tattling and telling. This book would be useful to read throughout the school year to remind the students of these rules.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Croaning

    This is a good book to read to help children figure out the difference between tattling and telling. The illustrations are colorful, but the figures are not really appealing. My daughter told me they were weird and she didn't like them. This is a good book to read to help children figure out the difference between tattling and telling. The illustrations are colorful, but the figures are not really appealing. My daughter told me they were weird and she didn't like them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeaneen Kindschuh

    As a librarian I try to read a lot of books for all age groups. Julia Cook is an author from Nebraska! She has created wonderful stories to help teach children of all ages lessons! I think I have read them all! Check her out.

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