Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales

Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales


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There were nineteen students in Mrs. McNeal's class. And nineteen tattletales.

In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn when "squealing" on your fellow classmate is appropriate and when it is merely tattling! Set in a school classroom, the "kids" in the class—really, feisty piglets—constantly tattle on each other, creating an air of frustration and distrust. As the story unfolds, the teacher, rather than strictly policing the situation, addresses underlying feelings and encourages mutual problem solving.

Although most kids' problems are kid-sized ones that they can work out themselves, tattling is a fact of life for young children. Their ability to solve problems on their own is just developing, and they often feel they can't manage a situation without help from an adult. As every teacher and parent knows, kids also tattle on their classmates and siblings because they want to look like the "good child," or be appreciated as helpful, or even just get some attention. And of course, kids sometimes tattle as a means of getting back at another child, especially a bigger brother or sister.

With warmth and humor, this story for young grade-schoolers offers easy guidelines so that kids know when to talk to each other, and when to call in the grown-ups.

A Note to Teachers and Parents is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591472407
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 181,118
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jeanie Franz Ransom is a licensed professional counselor whose books include Big Red and the Little Bitty WolfDon't Squeal Unless It's a Big DealI Don't Want to Talk About It, and What Really Happened to Humpty? She's also worked as an elementary school counselor, where she was never without her popular puppet, Mr. Know-It-Owl. Jeanie and her husband are parents to three grown boys and two dogs, and divide their time between St. Louis, MO, and Northport, MI. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook: @JeanieRansomAuthor

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door and many other books for children. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit her at

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