Frank never lies to his schoolmates, always tells the truth to adults, and is always honest. The balancing act of finding tact, that fine line between telling the truth and telling too much truth, is the main theme of this story, and it's very funnyâ€”although not necessarily to his friend Dotti whose freckles remind Frank of the Big Dipper, or to the teacher who hears that her breath smells like onions, or to the principal who is told that his toupee looks like a weasel. No one is quite as impressed with Frankâ€™s honesty as he thinks they should be. He is sweet and straightforward, and, well, very frank, but with everyone annoyed at him, Frank is now honestly unhappy. With a few lessons from Grandpa, Frank begins to understand that the truth is important, but so is not being hurtful. This story offers a lesson that sends compassion and understanding to take the place of rudeness in the complex concept of truth.
Category:Education/Classroom Subcategory:Kindergarten - Gr. 7 Series:Professional/Educator/Parent Author:Donna W Earnhardt, Andrea Castellani