The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

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If telling the truth is the right thing to do, why is the whole world mad at Libby?

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When Libby is caught in her first lie to her mama, she makes a decision: "From now on, only the truth." Soon she's spreading the truth all over town--about the hole in her friend Ruthie May's sock, and the fact that Thomas didn't have lunch money and needed to borrow some from the teacher, and how old Miz Tusselbury's yard looks like a jungle. By now, no one is talking to Libby. Perplexed and glum, she turns to her mama for another lesson on telling the truth. But it isn't until Libby gets a small spoonful of her own medicine that she really grasps the difference between the right way and the wrong way to tell the truth.

Children know just how difficult it is to find that balance between a lie and the honest-to-goodness truth. Award-winning author Patricia McKissack teams up with acclaimed illustrator Giselle Potter (Gabriella's Song, When Agnes Caws) to create a witty, touching story that will sound quite familiar to anyone who has ever struggled with just this quandary. Potter's unique, naive style is terrifically appealing, with her big-faced, highly expressive characters and gorgeous gouache and gesso colors. (Ages 5 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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"TELL thE tRuth AND ShAME thE DEVIL", Libby's mama has told her. So whatever is Libby doing wrong? Ever since she started telling only the truth, the whole world seems to be mad at her. First it's her best friend, Ruthie Mae, who gets upset when Libby tells all their friends that Ruthie Mae has a hole in her sock. Then Willie gives her an ugly look when she tells the teacher he hasn't done his homework. It seems that telling the truth isn't always so simple.

Children will sympathize with Libby as she struggles to figure out that even though its' always wrong to tell a lie, there's a right and a wrong way to tell the truth. Giselle Potter's naively stubborn illustrations perfectly capture this humorous and poignant story by award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack.

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