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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Tattling by Dianne Miller is a picture book for children that incorporates characters from her Little Bunny series in this entertaining and educational installment. The story takes the reader into a school where Little Bunny is telling the teacher that the student next to them is using too much glue. The teacher points out that this is tattling and asks Little Bunny please not to do this. Little Bunny, either unaware or unsure of the teacher's meaning, proceeds to tattle again when another student does not get in line as instructed, which is again pointed out as something the teacher does not need to be told about. However, when a student balances dangerously on a tabletop, the teacher begins to explain to Little Bunny the difference between what constitutes tattling and what should be shared with an adult.
Dianne Miller does an excellent job of helping navigate confusing waters in Tattling. As a parent, I know all too well how difficult it can be to teach children when to bring an issue to an adult's attention and when it is unnecessary, and a book like this can make all the difference in the world in assisting with this. The drawings are simple enough not to overwhelm or detract from the message, but interesting enough to keep a young child engaged. I'd definitely recommend Tattling to parents, nursery school teachers, and carers looking for new additions to their library of educational tools that are as fun for adults to read as they are for the intended young audience.