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Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie
by Laura Rankin


Overview - Ruthie loves little things-the smaller the better. So when she finds a teeny tiny camera on the school playground one afternoon, she can hardly believe her luck. She wants to keep the camera in the worst way, but there's one little problem: It isn't hers.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ruthie loves little things-the smaller the better. So when she finds a teeny tiny camera on the school playground one afternoon, she can hardly believe her luck. She wants to keep the camera in the worst way, but there's one little problem: It isn't hers. Ruthie swears to her teacher and to her classmate Martin that she got the camera for her birthday. But deep down, Ruthie knows better, and all day long that teeny tiny camera weighs on her conscience until she can hardly stand it. How could one little camera turn into such a great big problem? Laura Rankin touches on an important childhood issue with gentleness and humor, offering a reassuring look at how standing up for the truth can help cut even the biggest mistake down to size.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781599900100
  • ISBN-10: 1599900106
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 66.
  • Review Date: 0000-00-00
  • Reviewer: Staff

Like a lot of girls (and girl foxes) in her peer set, Ruthie loves “tiny things—the tinier the better.... She had dinky dinosaurs, itty-bitty trains, ponies no bigger than your pinky, and teddy bears that were barely there.” So when Ruthie finds a tiny camera on the playground, she immediately claims it for her own. Her classmate Martin identifies it as his birthday present, but that doesn’t deter Ruthie: she lies to her teacher—“I got it for my birthday!” Rankin (Rabbit Ears) unfolds this highly effective version of a psychological drama with skill and sympathy, using crisp, reportorial pencil-and-acrylic pictures to underscore the emotional and moral stakes. She allows readers to make their own connections to Ruthie’s true-to-life feelings of guilt (“The bus ride home took forever.... Dinner was macaroni and cheese, Ruthie’s favorite, but she couldn’t eat.”) and even subtly instructs parents in how to handle a situation like this one. Ages 3-8. (July)

 
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