Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

Lexile    Not Rated          Pages    30          Ages     4-8
AR Quiz No. 121390 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP, RV

"Ruthie loved tiny things - the tinier the better." So when she is playing on the school playground and finds a teeny, tiny camera, she can't believe it; how lucky can a little fox get? She puts her eye to the camera and starts snapping off pictures - clouds, bugs, the school.  But when she tries to take Martin's picture he says, "Hey, that's my camera!" Then comes what everyone who has dealt with children hears at one time or another:  Ruthie lies.

"No it's not, it's mine," says Ruthie.
Martin replies, "Give it to me, it's mine!"
"It is not!"
"Is too!"
"No it's NOT!" Ruthie insists and runs to the classroom.

The teacher asks what they are arguing about and Martin tells her that he got a camera for his birthday and he dropped it on the playground and now Ruthie has it. Ruthie lies again, yelling, "It's mine! I got it for MY birthday!" Mrs. Olsen takes the camera saying, "It can't belong to both of you. I'll keep it for now and we'll talk about it tomorrow."

Ruthie knows she lied and she doesn't feel very good about it. She can't concentrate, time drags, she can't eat - not even her favorite macaroni and cheese. Finally at bedtime Ruthie starts crying and tells her parents what happened. They ask her if she knows what went wrong and she replies that she said it was her camera when it wasn't. Papa says, "It will be okay. You made a mistake, but tomorrow you can fix it."

The next morning Ruthie goes to Mrs. Olsen and confesses what she did. Mrs. Olsen gives her a hug and tells her how brave it was to admit her mistake and tell the truth. Ruthie then apologizes to Martin and he forgives her. Ruthie immediately starts feeling better - her concentration returns, her stomach doesn't hurt anymore, and she has fun the rest of the day.

This is a great book to introduce to your children the importance of telling the truth and not taking things that don't belong to you. The illustrations get the lesson across in a non-threatening way, the animals being some of the cutest I've ever seen. Children at the older end of the age scale will probably relate to how Ruthie felt when she lied, while some of the younger ones may not have experienced those feelings yet. This book would be an excellent addition to your shelf.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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