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Miles McHale, Tattletale

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Miles McHale is a tattletale. And everybody knows it. But he's not the only one who needs help, so his teacher decides: it's time to fight the Tattle Battle! But will Miles figure out the right time to tell a grown-up about another person's behavior, or is he doomed to be a tattletale forever? ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Picture Window Books
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Miles McHale is a great boy. He is funny, and smart, but he has a big problem, he is a tattletale. He tattled all day long, and even during night. At school he wasn't the only tattletale, but he was definitively the worst. So one day Mrs. Snitcher decides to start the Tattletale Battle, whith the pledge "If a friend is sick, hurt, on in harm's way, then telling someone is OK". The team with fewest number of tattles at the end of the week gets extra recess. Miles is not doing really well. He is t ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful, I used it to teach grade 2s about tattle tattling and created an activity from it. The mantra in it is awesome and an easy way to grasp the difference between tattling and telling!
Cute story about the difference tattling and telling. Putting on my display for "Chicken Month!" ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's to Christianne C. Jones, writing all the books educators have been wishing for! This one and Harrison P. Spader, Personal Space Invader are my new fave behavioural picture books. Love the Tattle Battle pledge! ...more
Didactic, but useful when talking to littles about the difference between tattling and reporting.
We've all known someone like Miles McHale or had him in one of our classes. He just can't help but keep an eye out on what everyone else is doing and either correct them, point out what they're doing wrong, or tell the teacher. Mrs. Snitcher has seen this sort of behavior before, and she comes up with a plan to help Miles and his other classmates, but especially Miles, learn how to tell the difference between tattling and telling the teacher based on whether someone is sick, hurt or in harm's wa ...more
Jessica Rodrigues
I hadn't realized until now that our library collection was missing a good book on tattling as opposed to telling adults important information. The book has a great message and wonderful illustrations, and will keep children entertained while they learn an important lesson. I will certainly use this book in library programming.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kristina Jean Lareau
A book without ANY subtlety, but an amusing and effective nonetheless.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sbliss-text-set
TED 8650 Children’s Literature
Literature Extension One- Opening Moves

Picture Book Four
Tattletale by Miles McHale

In the book Tattletale by Miles McHale I would begin with the opening move that Fountas and Pinell refer to as “raise questions in the student’s minds.” I would do this by saying, “This book is called Tattletale. What is a tattletale? When is it important to tell an adult something? Lets see what this book has to say about when it’s ok to tattle.”
Another opening move I’d use woul
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a great book to use with young children who are going through the Tattle-Tale phase. Miles tattled on everyone, all the time. He told about things that were not even wrong. When his teacher Mrs. Snitcher got tired of the tattling (he was not the only one, just the worst one) she came up with a contest. The class was decided into two teams and the team that had the least amount of tattles got an extra recess at the end of the week. They had to recite the Tattle Battle pledge each day that ...more
Alexis Jaimes
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
The Tattletale is about a young chicken named Miles McHale who tattled on everything he saw. It started becoming a problem at home, and in school. It got to the point that the teacher made a competition between two teams, whoever tattled the least won extra recess on Friday. Throughout the book, Miles learns when he can tell someone something (which was when someone was in harm's way, or if it was important). The main theme of the story was that tattle telling is unnecessary, you should "tell" s ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bright illustrations of the animal characters, many with dialogue bubbles, make this book a lot of fun to look at. The message of when it’s okay to “tell” and when you shouldn’t is clear, but doesn’t belabor the point. My child is a bit of a tattletale herself, so this was a good review of just what we need to tell about and what we don’t.

Possible Objectionable Material:
Can’t think of anything.

Who Might Like This Book:
Parents of tattletales, and the tattletales themselves.

Thank you, NetGalley, f
Steve Holden
Christianne Jones gets right to the point she wants to make in this book, and she's very effective. This is colorfully illustrated and funny to read aloud. I'd consider this a great book for kindergarten, but my second graders enjoyed it too. There are funny situations with the tattling and characters, and the teaching in the book is helpful and catchy. I liked this and recommend it as a positive behavior discussion read aloud. ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles is a tattletale in his class and won't mind his own business. It takes patience and some changes to help Miles with his problem at school and at home. There is some good advice in this book for what to worry about and what to do to stop tattling and only reporting the important things. Good read aloud for kindergarten through second grade students and then having a discussion. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is too wordy. Children with "control" issues will find it hard to sit and listen to this book. Too many words leaves too much room for excuses. If only the same message was relayed with less text. ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story of a little tattletale! The illustrations are fun, and fun enough so that if one is reading this book to a child who tattles a lot, the child will understand the story and be able to enjoy it.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesson-anchors
Finally, I have the perfect book for the "tattler"! ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute! I love the little rhyme the teacher comes up with that Miles ultimately internalizes by making it his own :D
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Perfect read aloud for a primary class struggling with tattling.
Every first grade teacher needs to read this at the beginning of the year!!
As an elementary school counselor, I LOVED using this book for a quick kindergarten lesson. Such a simple, fun book that really gets the message across.
Gretchen Oates
3 1/2 stars
Laura Molinario
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picture Book
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this one!!
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teaching very much

I like how it teaches you Very important especially at this time of 2020
Very good book for children and adults
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, it-was-eh
--I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are purely my own and not influenced in any way.--
Miles McHale is a chronic tattler, so his teacher sets up the great "Tattletale Battle" with the prize being extra recess! Throughout the week Miles learns the difference between tattling to get someone in trouble and telling to help them.
For some reason, this one didn't really do it for me. I found the plot a bit dull and the illustrations overlapping into
Juliana Lee
Miles was a huge tattle tale. He tattled at home and at school. He tattled about everything! One day his teacher started a Tattle Battle at school. Miles team was losing because he could not stop tattling. Miles couldn't tell the difference between tattling and telling when someone was hurt or in danger. But when his little sister fell and hurt herself trying to get the cookie jar, Miles understood the difference and told his mother. The next day at school, Miles pledged not to tattle and added ...more
Kelly Snyder
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kids are constantly tattling on each other and this book does a great job of explaining what tattling is and how to tell the difference between telling and tattling. Miles is a cute hero, but he has a problem with tattling and when the class is divided into two teams for the "Tattle Battle" he continues to tattle. Does he know the difference or does he just enjoy tattling? Read the story to your little tattletale and see if they start to understand a little better. ...more
Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For writing this book! It needed to be written, and more books like this?…that would be wonderful.

Miles McHale is a smart, funny, sweet little chick with one major character flaw: he likes to tattle tale. Like, ALL THE TIME! Seriously, it’s a shocker this kid has any friends at all. So, his teacher comes up with a game. She breaks them into teams, and whichever group tattle tales the least
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles McHale is funny, smart, and sweet, but he’s also a tattletale. He tattles all day long, to anyone who will listen. Mrs. Snitcher, Miles’ teacher, decides to seize the teachable moment and decrees a Tattle Battle: two teams, one week, no tattling, and gives them a pledge: “If a friend is sick, hurt, or in harm’s way, then telling someone is okay.” It’s a hard lesson for him to learn, even when his friends stop talking to him over it, but when Miles’ little sister gets hurt, it’s up to him t ...more
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