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Being Frank Hardcover – September 26, 2012
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However, BEING FRANK is one of those rare, hilarious picture books that even Mom and Dad won't mind reading, over and over.
The book is illustrated with bright, sophisticated pictures that are as funny as the text.
Frank is a boy who embodies his name, saying aloud anything that pops into his head.
As you might imagine, this makes for hurt feelings.
Friends, neighbors and classmates are angry.
Even his mother is irked by his FRANK remarks.
Only one person understands his problem and can help him learn a new way to tell the FRANK, but palatable truth.
Author Donna Earnhardt's witty, yet down-to-earth prose makes "read it to me" a welcome invitation.
So how can a child learn when to tell the truth and when to keep parts of the truth to himself?
That's the charm of this little story. Frank is...well, frank. And it gets him in trouble. Big trouble. Sent home from school. His mom mad at him. His friends angry with him.
It is Frank's grandfather who helps him out of his trouble, helping him learn when to share truths with others and when to keep those truths to one's self.
Very, very helpful book for children and parents to read together and talk about. With illustrations that will delight both children and parents.
Thank you to the publisher for this beautiful review copy.
I wish I had this book when I was younger! I totally had a Frank problem! My parents say I used to have "no filter." I remember it was hard for me to understand why being honest all the time wasn't a good thing. This book explains it well. I think other kids would be helped by this book! I love how Frank is just honest and a good kid, but he just doesn't get why people are mad at him. Grandpa explains everything really well.
**NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story begins with these words: Frank was always frank. "Honesty is the best policy," he said.
While that motto is a very good one, it got Frank into big trouble. Although he knew how to be honest, he didn't know anything about tact. Eventually, everyone was upset with him, he was being ignored by his friends, and he didn't understand what to do about it. Enter ... his grandfather. Yay! for grandparents! ;) What he learned from his grandfather Ernest changed how Frank handled his honesty so that he could still be honest but without hurting people's feelings.
Although Being Frank is a story with a moral, it does not come across in a preachy teachy way that could put children off. It is entertaining and funny while getting the point across.
Donna has everything in this book that should appeal to a child. Words used are fun and a little challenging, there are amusing situations, she uses great names that describe the characters - another example being Mr. Wiggins, the school principal who wears a toupée - and she has brought out true feelings expressed by her characters. It is believable and entertaining for children (and grown-ups, too.)
A fabulous picture book story falls short when there are not great illustrations to back it up. Well, there is nothing amiss in this book! The characters in Donna Earnhardt's Being Frank are brought to life through the bright and colourful illustrations of Andrea Castellani. (His name is pronounced An-dray-a.) When my grandson and I read this book together he was busily taking it all in, there is so much to see and enjoy that goes with the words.
Being Frank by Donna Earnhardt is a wonderful book to add to your bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author definitely has a gift from God in her writing abilities! Can't wait to see what she comes up with next!Published 4 months ago by RaeC
I teach students with special needs and we love this book! Some of my children with Autism have been able to understand why being frank isn't always best. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy-Jo White
This was an enjoyable book. The lesson of being honest without being rude is one that many people seem to need to hear. Would definitely suggest it to any teacher or parent.Published 10 months ago by T. DeYoung
I love this book. The students in my classroom love the message and they are really able to take what they have learned an apply it to our classroom. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is awesome for those kids that just say whatever is on their mind and might not have the best/kindest delivery. One of my favorites as a school counselor! Read morePublished 13 months ago by DarlingD