As school is about to start, I have selected a couple of books that tackle a common childhood problem, lying. Children lie so they won’t get into trouble, to impress friends and feel important. As the following books illustrate, honesty is always best, and sure makes you feel better. Great books to read to young children.
Ruthie is an adorable little fox, who loves tiny things, especially toys. Where ever she goes she collects everything teeny, like the bird shell of a hummingbird. One day at school, when she’s playing on the playground, she finds a very tiny camera. She is exuberant at first, because it has been her best find ever. She walks around snapping photos, until Martin says “Hey, that’s my camera! I dropped it on the playground.” Ruthie wants the camera so badly that she lies in front of Martin and the teacher, claiming it s hers. Ruthie feels sick inside from guilt, can’t concentrate at school, and won’t eat her dinner. This book has an excellent lesson for children about how awful it can feel to lie, and how good it can feel to tell the truth.
Pinky Promise, written by Vanita Braver, M.D., is a book about telling the truth for children 4- 8 years of age . It is part of a series called, “Teach Your Children Well.” It is illustrated by Cary Pillo with colorful and detailed pictures that will captivate kids.
Meet Madison, her favorite bear, Honesty, and her best friend, Emily. The girls spend the afternoon stringing beads to make necklaces and bracelets. They show off their designs to Madison’s Mom, who admires their creations. Madison begs her mother to take a picture, and she agrees — once she has finished a task. An impatient Madison grabs the camera and it slips from her hands. Madison’s mother appears and takes the picture. Nothing happens. Madison lies to her mother about breaking the camera. Later, her stomach hurts, she feels awful and she reaches for Honesty to comfort and help her make the right decision. The author has done an excellent job helping children discern between what is right and wrong, without being preachy.