Is that true? Kids talk about honesty

Pamela Hill Nettleton

Book - 2005

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Series
Kids talk jr.
Subjects
Published
Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books c2005.
Language
English
Physical Description
32 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
1404806199
Main Author
Pamela Hill Nettleton (-)
Other Authors
Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt, 1974- (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2-4-In watered-down "Dear Abby" style, fictitious Frank B. Wize, an alarmingly well-adjusted 13-year-old, serves as the character guide in each of these books, giving computer-generated, written responses to younger children who request advice on moral topics. Is That True? deals with everything from cheating to protective white lies, and the other titles have a similar scope that takes an issue from home to school to the world at large. The books include an introduction to the topic from Frank, several question-and-answer pages, a quiz with an answer key, and a short bio from the teen's "Personal Hero File." The "File" is the most interesting part of each book, with Rachel Carson the exemplar in True?, Eleanor Roosevelt in Pitch In!, and Sadako Sasaki in Get Along! The colorful, digitally rendered illustrations have a flat cartoon style that vaguely suggests "textbook." While kids might be struggling with some of the dilemmas presented, any helpful advice risks being lost in the bland pages, Frank's condescending voice, and the heavy-handed morality. Kids will find it easier and more rewarding to glean advice on honesty, cooperation, and tolerance from good stories with strong plots.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Uses a question-and-answer format to discuss the importance of being honest, the consequences of lying, and how to be truthful with friends and family without hurting their feelings.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Uses an advice-column format to define honesty as a character value and demonstrates how it can be used in daily situations.