Robbie's parents don't believe that his new parrot Ivan really spoke to him, and after Robbie insists that it's true, some other strange things happen that they don't believe either. Then Robbie is caught actually lying, though the fibs are small ones. and his Dad says he's a compulsive liar. At last one of Robbie's so-called whoppers is revealed as true, and meanwhile Ivan is there to counsel him--with adages and quotes (to thine own self be true) and his own earnest advice: A compulsive liar lies for the sake of lying and Robbie isn't that, says Ivan. Once you start lying to yourself it's downhill all the way. When Mom tells a neighbor a lie from politeness, that's okay. If you know you're not a liar, it shouldn't matter what others think. And so on. More a Sunday school discussion than a story.