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Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley by Lane Fredrickson

on August 26, 2014

Watch your tongue, Cecily Beasley

Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley by Lane Fredrickson

Picture Book

Age: 3+

Genre: Manners

Find this book at your local library

Cecily Beasly is a rude and rowdy girl. She doesn’t share her toys and she especially likes to stick out her tongue. At Bernard’s birthday party, she rudely sticks out her tongue only to find that its frozen that way! The mockingbeak tongue-snatcher has a nest and laid some eggs on her tongue. Now Cecily has to wait and wait until the eggs hatch before she can use her tongue again.

Although this book means well, I really didn’t like it. I don’t think its something that translates well to explaining manners and common decency to kids. Cecily is cooped up in her room for 13 days with a bird’s nest on her tongue. When she finally ventures outside, she’s victim to public shaming akin to the Scarlet Letter. In the end, she does realize that she was wrong and writes an apology letter to Bernard, but I don’t feel as if she really learned her lesson. She just felt shamed into feeling guilty. Her parents most certainly didn’t sit down with her to explain what went wrong. In fact, they are almost absent throughout the entire book other than rushing her and her bird’s nest tongue to the emergency room.

There are better books about manners and bullies which actually discuss conflict resolution.

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney

Following their teacher’s lead, Llama Llama speaks to Gilroy Goat and tells him he should not act like a bully on the playground.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? Mo Willems

Should I share my ice cream?

Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make, but will he make it in time?

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Yolen

How do dinosaurs play with their friends?

Rhyming text and illustrations present some of the ways dinosaurs can play with their friends, from hogging the swings to sharing toys.

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