Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley


Bibliographic Information Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley, Writen by Lane Fredrickson. Illustrated by Jon Davis. Published by Sterling Children’s Books, New York, c. 2012

Age : 4-7

SynopsisThis is the hilarious story of a very rude little girl who learns her lesson when a Mocking Tongue-snatcher bird builds a nest on her outstretched tongue. The tale is told in a lively rhyme, incorporating many higher level vocabulary words into the fairly accessible text.

Rationale for Classroom Use: The predictable rhyme scheme and pictures combined with a sprinkling of tier two vocabulary words make this book a great tool for introducing the use of context clues to learn vocabulary words.

Common Core Connection:

3.RL.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Picturebooks, Uncategorized and tagged , , .

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