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Author Franny Vergo demonstrates to children, through her creative, rhyming story, that a real superhero is an honest person.
"Well, I sometimes tell a fib, like saying I'm nine years old when I'm only eight," Juan Cruz shyly confesses.
"Yeah, and once in a while I tell a white lie, like saying I'm sick when I don't want to do something!" announces Sydney Sue.
"Children," interjects Ms. H., "fibbing and telling white lies are both forms of lying, which are dishonest and wrong to do!"
She goes on, "And being honest also means speaking up when you need to. It's important to do if you care."
Ms. H. explains, "When you know something that will help solve a problem, then it's your duty to be honest and share!"
Jenny Jones then asks, "What else is considered dishonest, Ms. Huckleberry?"
"Stealing is dishonest, so don't touch other people's stuff!" interrupts her twin brother, Jerry.
"And so is cheating," adds Mir Patel, "so keep your eyes on your own test&mdashdon't look away!"
Ms. H. comments, "You're both right, and that's very good, so always be honest in every way!"
She then concludes, "School's dismissed now, children. Enjoy our town's weekend Autumn Fest!
Also, please remember to be honest at all times&mdashand strive to be your best!"
The four superhero kids from Ms. H's class head to Croak's Creek to search for toads and review the day.
Paco Pete tells his friends, "Ms. H. made some really good points in her honesty lesson, I must say!"
Excerpted from Jonathan Ray and His Superhero Pack by Franny Vergo Copyright © 2013 by Franny Vergo. Excerpted by permission of AuthorHouse. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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