A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen Tessie is bright and eager to share all the stories about her life. She talks to her parents, her little brother, the bus driver, her teacher, and her classmates. But when she gets chatty, sheâ€™s loud . . . and talks with her mouth full of food . . . and doesnâ€™t give anyone else a chance to say whatâ€™s on their minds. After her little brother complains and her classmates ignore her, Tessie knows itâ€™s time to tame her talkative tongue. With help from her school counselor, Tessie learns to talk less and listen more.