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Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie Hardcover – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599900100
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruthie, a fox girl, loves teeny-tiny things, so when she finds a miniature camera in the schoolyard, she claims it as her own. And lies about it when fellow student Martin tells their teacher, Mrs. Olsen, that the camera belongs to Ruthie. The rest of the afternoon is long for Ruthie, and at home that night, she ruminates over her crime until she finally comes clean with her parents. Having been counseled that honesty is the best policy, Ruthie, with much trepidation, tells her teacher and Martin what she has done. Mrs. Olsen praises her for telling the truth, and Martin forgives her, too. A real-life situation might not have such a happy ending, but this gets right to the heart of what children feel when they know they've done something wrong but don't know how to set things right. The sprightly artwork is cheery in all respects, except when it comes to Ruthie. With subtle brushstrokes, Rankin captures all the varied emotions Ruthie goes through: glee, defiance, worry, fear, and eventually relief. Cooper, Ilene

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Rankin addresses a common playground issue through the thoroughly believable behavior of her little fox's full range of emotional responses, from exhilarating happiness to denial, lying, guilt, embarrassment and finally remorse. ....Direct poignancy will spark musing and discussion in every early childhood classroom. --Kirkus Reviews
 
From School Library Journal
Emotions ring true in this simple tale of learning right from wrong. ...An excellent choice for bibliotherapy as well as for entertaining reading. --School Library Journal

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A great lesson learned!
Judith H. Pierce
The story is sweet but makes an impact that a lie is a lie and makes you feel badly till the truth comes out.
DJP
The beautiful illustrations and simple story combine to create a very excellent children's book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 80sLady on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book begins "Ruthie loved tiny things..." When she finds a tiny camera at the playground, she loves it so much that she refuses to give it back to her friend Martin, who claims it's his.

An argument ensues. Ruthie says "It's mine."
"Give it to me," said Martin. "It's mine!"
"It is not!" exclaims Ruthie.
"Is too!" Martin insists.
This is classic repertoire between two squabbling children.

Ruthie runs to her teacher and lies about getting the camera for her birthday. Later on, she begins to feel misreable. She tells her parents what happened. They encourage her to "do the right thing."

The next day, Ruthie admits that the camera isn't hers. The teacher understands. Martin understands. And the story ends happily.

A cute story with an important message. I've read it to children as young as age 3.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DJP on April 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a school counselor and find this book so useful for teaching kids in a fun way that the truth is so important. The story is sweet but makes an impact that a lie is a lie and makes you feel badly till the truth comes out. The drawings are cute and keep their attention
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Rummell on February 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old daughter, who had started telling some tall tales, absolutely loves this book. I got her this book and the classic Boy Who Cried Wolf, hoping to nip the lies in the bud, and this is the one she asks to read. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Reid on October 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is really a heartwarming story. Both children and adults will love it for the message it sends and for the adorable characters and story. One of my 4-year old's favorites and mine too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love everything about this book! From the lesson, to the illustrations, to the wonderful dialogue. My Kindergartners sooo related to this story and the illustrations physically pulled them closer to the page. I actually brought the book home and read it at the dinner table to my teenage daughters!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ruthie loves little things, so when she finds a tiny toy on the school playground, she can't believe her luck - even though it belongs to someone else. She insists it's hers - but knows it's really not... trouble is, the lie she tells gets bigger and harder to deny all the time. Picturebook readers will find plenty to recognize in this warm story of lies, truth, and sharing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on April 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This age group (4-9) needs more books like this. I use this story as an opportunity to tell children that no matter what they have done - lying is always the Bigger problem. Kids can get into a habit of automatically wanting to improve their situation by lying. I love how the author shows how impacted Ruthie is both emotionally and even physically. Honesty is the best policy - that saying just never gets old. You are going to want this one on your shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on March 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book. I bought it for my daughter, who is 5. After starting kindergarten we had a few problems with lying. She really loves this book and I think it really teaches a valuable lesson. It is a nice book and a great story. I would definitely recommend it!
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