Tessie Tames Her Tongue: Spotlight and Giveaway


Guest Blogger, Amanda Shofner

Tessie puts a positive spin on children who talk too much while she learns to listen as much as she speaks

From school success to stronger leadership—even better manners—developing listening skills is essential to a child’s growth. Through bright and talkative Tessie, author Melissa Martin delivers practical ways for children to open their ears and wrangle their mouths in Tessie Tames Her Tongue, wonderfully illustrated by Charles Lehman.

While children will have fun with Tessie’s playful language and zany ideas, parents and educators will appreciate the message that being a better listener goes beyond just closing one’s mouth. With the help of her teacher and school counselor, Tessie realizes her potential as an intelligent and caring student who entertains her classmates with funny stories.

Martin’s goal was to make sure talkative children had a picture book that highlights their strengths and teaches the communication skills of listening and talking. Tessie Tames Her Tongue provides an accessible story with practical solutions, making it perfect for bookshelves in counselor’s offices, in school libraries, in the classroom, or right at home.

To request a review copy or set up an interview with the author, please contact Free Spirit’s publicist, Amanda Shofner, shofner@freespirit.com.

Click here to purchase Tessie Tames Her Tongue.

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