Monday, September 07, 2020

Learning The Difference Between Tattling To Help & Tattling To Get Someone In Trouble

 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 on developing problem-solving skills for young readers in grades K through 5. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the story to help children learn other options besides tattling and getting to know the difference between trying to HELP someone in trouble and trying to GET someone in trouble. 31 pgs. 

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About 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

The 411:

This is the perfect book for ages 5-8. It is such a fine line when it comes to tattling. Most kids really want others to follow the rules. They tattle because in their mind someone is not doing the right thing. While adults understand it can be distracting to a class setting as well as makes the child a target where friends don’t want to be with that child anymore. My son struggled with this in elementary school. He wanted everyone to follow the rules. He is Autistic and needs everything to be predicable. If a friend didn’t follow the rules he would tell his teacher which also made friends not want to be around him.  He finally learned that he is only to tattle if someone would be hurt if he didn’t say something. 

Diamond Rattle is the same. She really wants her friends to follow the rules but also enjoys that her rattle grows when she tattles. Her teacher finally explains to her that Diamond should find a solution with words or to  let the small things go and only come to the teacher when she cannot work out a problem but to also understand if the problem involves her. 

It doesn’t take Diamond very long to learn how to talk to her peers, go to her teacher if someone will be hurt or deflect a situation herself.  I loved all the wonderful examples that shows children how to be like Diamond. 

This is a perfect book for home or the classroom. 

I cannot wait to pass it around at my preschool to the older classes. I think the teachers are going to love it.

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