Review: Princess Kim and Too Much Truth
By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 1, 2011
To Tell the Truth
By Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Reading level: Ages 4-7
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company (March 1, 2011)
What to expect: Themes regarding honesty and empathy
Ever find yourself in an awkward situation at the supermarket or the mall when your little one points to someone who’s different and makes an unkind—but in all honesty, truthful—comment? It’s happened to me any number of times and each time I found myself wishing there was a book or a song or something that could help me explain the difference between being honest and being hurtful. And as if the literary gods had heard my plea, here is the book I’d longed for.
Princess Kim and too much truth tells the tale of little Kim and her decision to always tell the truth. No matter if that truth is hurtful or mean. We follow Kim from the breakfast table to the school bus to her classroom, telling the truth to all around her but hurting her friends’ feelings along the way. Without giving away more of the story, Kim eventually realizes that there’s a difference between always telling the truth and being honest. And that finding something nice to say is a thousand times better than hurting anyone’s feelings.
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