Saturday, November 24, 2012

BEING FRANK by Donna W. Earnhardt, illustrated by Andrea Castellani

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     5 and older
 AR Quiz No. 154904 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Young Frank is, well . . . . frank.  He believes honesty is the best policy - in ALL things.  In his honesty, Frank is alienating everyone - his friends, the principal, and even his mother!  When people start avoiding him he is unhappy.  Hoping to feel better he goes up the street to visit with his Grandpa Ernest.  He tells Grandpa how everyone is upset with him and that he isn't so sure that honesty is, in fact, the best policy.  Grandpa tells him that when he was younger he had felt that way too. Then by example he teaches Frank the fine art of tact. When Mrs. Peacock walks by in a massive, flowered hat and asks Grandpa how he likes it he tells her, "There are an awful lot of flowers up there.  But my favorite is the purple one in the middle."  Frank thinks his grandpa has lied but Grandpa tells him that no, he didn't lie.  He really does like the purple one best. He goes on to explain how to talk about the good things instead of the not-so-good.  The next day Frank tries out Grandpa's approach and finds out that it works!  Everyone is happy again and Frank has learned a valuable lesson.

How often have you experienced the precocious and sometimes embarrassing "out of the mouths of babes" moments?  This is a book that is loads of fun for both children and adults, while teaching the meaning and necessity of tact.  Kids will giggle when Frank tells his teacher her breath smells funny and the principal that his toupee looks like a weasel!  I laughed right out loud when Frank told the police officer that had stopped his mom, "Yes, officer.  She knew how fast she was going.  I told her."  Andrea Castellani's illustrations are brilliant and add to the fun.

I enjoyed Being Frank and think it would be a great addition to any reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Being Frank can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/a8ex9h3  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


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