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Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie Hardcover – June 26, 2007
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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.
For a very long time though, my son didn't "get" that Ruthie was telling a lie about the camera being hers. He felt that, "she found it, it's hers." He's on the autism spectrum and ridiculously literal, so we had a hard time explaining that no, the camera was Martin's and Ruthie lied about it because she wanted to keep it. Normal kids might understand this concept, but my son didn't. It took a few weeks of consistently explaining for him to "get" it. (And I'm not sure he really does yet.)
It's not going to win any awards, but it's not the worst children's book I've ever read. And it's pretty solidly written.
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Do you want to know why we think that Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie is a super duper book? Keep reading! The first reason is that it's a story all about being brave. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Our First Grade Class
Great book for preschoolers that have started fibbing. Helps put lying into perspective for young minds. My daughters ask to be read this book often.(aged 5 & 3)Published 9 months ago by jessie
Loved the store, so did my child, it gives a great lesson of being honest and repairing mistakes.Published 9 months ago by Andrea
I got this book as a gift from a friend, and my boys love it! I like the storyPublished 10 months ago by knotyal
our family loves this book, but we have one question...what type of an animal is Martin? Anyone know?Published 11 months ago by wren45
My 3 year old daughter requests this story at bedtime every night since the first time we read it. She loves the pictures of all of the other "kids" in the class and even... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julie