Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grewby Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Kim wants the kids at her new school to like her, so she tells a teeny, tiny, bitty lie. She says her name is really “K.I.M.”for “Katherine Isabella Marguerite”and that she comes from a royal family! Pretty soon all the students know there is a princess in the school. Kim wears her golden tiara from dance class and a big fancy ring she won at the arcade. Her little lie grows and grows. When a classmate invites her to a birthday party, Kim says she can’t go because her grandmother is coming to visit. But she had told the kids her grandmother was a queen. Now they all want to meet the queen. Kim is in a real bind; her lie has grown too big and it’s about ready to explode!
On her first day at a new school, Kim wants to distinguish herself from a classmate with the same name, so she tells a "teeny, tiny, bitty lie," saying that Kim is actually an acronym for Katherine Isabella Marguerite. After her teacher calls it a name befitting royalty, the rumor spreads that Kim is a princess and she goes along with the charade. Everyone is hypnotized except Jason, who doesn't believe Kim's story. Then, Kim is put in a difficult situation when her grandmother, the supposed queen, comes to town. In the end, a wonderful lesson is learned and a new friendship is formed. The brightly colored artwork brings the story to life. Several scenes show Kim's classmates giving her the royal treatment by covering puddles, carrying things for her, and getting her autograph. Varying layouts effectively convey the action: larger paintings depict the entire class, while smaller ones capture private moments. A row of faces presented in a diagonal stripe across a spread neatly shows a lie being passed from person to person. Fans of Jane O'Connor's "Fancy Nancy" (HarperCollins) are sure to enjoy this tale.-Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
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Princess K.I.M. is a great book. An easy read with a great message. So relatable for children and adults alike. Who hasn't experienced a situation in which you have to keep telling lies to cover an original lie. Illustrations in the book are fantastic. Kudos to Maryann Cocca-Leffler for a great story.
One tiny lie grows and grows until it gets too big to handle. Kim starts by telling the kids she is from royality...then she tells them that her Grandmother is the queen. Very funny- Great illustrations. In the end a great message. A must read.