After being a first grade teacher for 38 years, author Jannie McNeely has heard her fair share of broken English from her students, their parents and other teachers. The phrase that makes her cringe all over is “I seen.” So, hoping to teach young readers an important lesson in speech through poetry, she has penned “Charlie, Please Don't Say I Seen” (published by AuthorHouse), a whimsical tale about a boy overcoming a bad speech pattern.
Charlie has always said “I seen” instead of “I saw.” From an early age, he picked up this bad speaking habit and has held onto it through the years. Now 13, his family cannot take it anymore and vows to help set him straight. Readers follow Charlie’s journey as he goes from an “I seen” individual to an “I saw” individual. Written in poetic form, readers will rhyme along with the tale helping them learn this good practice without even realizing it.
A great tool for teachers and parents alike, “Charlie, Please Don’t Say I Seen” is an energetic tale aimed at helping young speakers learn the correct way of speaking before they, like Charlie, find themselves in an intervention by their family.
“All I hope is that after reading my book, readers will learn how to say the phrase correctly,” McNeely jokes. “That they have a good time learning with Charlie.”