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PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH

By Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Author) , Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8075-6618-3
Publisher: Whitman

Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. After her teacher's lesson on honesty, she spouts her brutal opinion at every opportunity. The curly-haired redhead wrinkles her nose at her father's breakfast, tattles on her friendly classmate and even criticizes the appearance of a newborn babe ("That is the ugliest baby I have ever seen!"). She dismisses the princess attire she had adored, adamant that imaginative play constitutes lying. When a rather pointed lecture redirects her—“Telling the truth doesn't mean you say everything you're thinking. You might hurt people's feelings”—she makes a point to share one positive statement with those she offended. Cheerful spreads suit the straightforward telling as Kim reclaims her sparkly crown. Nimble purple outlines frame each character. The children's incredulous expressions appropriately build as Kim's outrageous bluntness thwarts any potential diplomacy. Conventional school dynamics and spirited dialogue help to make each scenario recognizable. Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)