It's True!

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Join Little Critter®as he learns why it’s important to tell the whole truth—and not justpartof it.

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about a little ball of fur named Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.

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Overview

Join Little Critter®as he learns why it’s important to tell the whole truth—and not justpartof it.

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about a little ball of fur named Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.

Little Critter thinks that sometimes it’s easier to tellpartof the truth instead of thewholetruth. In this second book in the Inspired Kids line, Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Mayer’s Little Critter returns in a new series based on religious themes, beginning with honesty. The book’s narrative and illustrative style remains consistent with that of Mayer’s many previous titles featuring his furry, overalls-clad hero. Full- and half-spread illustrations feature a familiar cast of animals with big, cartoonlike eyes at home, at school, and at play. In this tale, Little Critter describes a string of events in which his claims to have finished his homework, fed the dog, and brushed his teeth, for example, prove only half-true. When a half-truth told in school leads to false expectations, he realizes “that not telling the whole truth was really the same as lying.” Anguished to the point of running away, Little Critter hears scriptural wisdom from his grandfather: “In the Bible, God says the truth will set you free.” This leads to a predictable, but satisfying conclusion. Easy to relate to, this story will likely have crossover appeal to Mayer’s fans and a broad Christian audience. You Go First is being released simultaneously. Ages 1–4. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400322473
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 350,460
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercer
Mayer
is the writer and illustrator for Little Monster®
and Little Critter® books. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Mayer currently lives in New England with his wife Gina, who co-wrote many of the popular
Little Critter® books. He has four children and two grandchildren.

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IT'S TRUE!


By BY MERCER MAYER

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Mercer Mayer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2247-3


CHAPTER 1

"Little Critter," Mom said, "if you did your homework, you may have a cupcake."

"I did," I said.

"You did not!" yelled Little Sister. "That's not true."

"Is so," I said. I just hadn't finished all of it yet.

The next day I walked Little Sister and Bunny to school.

"Is it true that big kids like you get to stay up really late and watch TV?" asked Bunny. "That is way cool!"

I nodded my head yes, feeling very cool.

"That's not true," said Little Sister.

"Is so," I said. "I get to stay up later than you. So it's kinda true."

"Did you feed the dog?" Mom asked.

"Yes," I said.

"Oh no, that's not true," said Little Sister.

"It is so true," I said. "I gave the dog extra food yesterday, so he doesn't need any more today."

"Did you brush your teeth?" Mom asked at bedtime.

I nodded yes.

"Then why is your toothbrush dry?" she asked.

I said, "I used my finger." But even I didn't believe that.

Little Sister said I lost her doll. That wasn't true.

I didn't even play with it. The dog did.

Mom made me help her find it anyway.

The next day, Miss Kitty told us about the air show happening that weekend.

"My grandpa has a real biplane," I said.

"Wow!" said Henrietta. "That's so cool!"

"Is your grandpa flying in the air show?" asked Gator.

I was about to explain it was just a small model. But everyone was so excited to ride in it, I couldn't tell them the truth!

On my way home, I realized that not telling the whole truth was really the same as lying.

But how could I tell everyone the truth about the biplane?


(Continues...)

Excerpted from IT'S TRUE! by BY MERCER MAYER. Copyright © 2013 Mercer Mayer. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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