True Lies: 10 Tales for You to Judge

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In this collection of "lies" from many nations, the challenge is to find the slippery truth. By reading with care and not jumping to conclusions, readers will delight in discovering how these characters lie while at the same time they tell the truth.

Presents a collection of eighteen brief folktales in which the reader is asked to explain how the folk character lied and told the truth at the same time.

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In this collection of "lies" from many nations, the challenge is to find the slippery truth. By reading with care and not jumping to conclusions, readers will delight in discovering how these characters lie while at the same time they tell the truth.

Presents a collection of eighteen brief folktales in which the reader is asked to explain how the folk character lied and told the truth at the same time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
These eighteen brief tales of trickery are rewritten fables and lore from around the world. They are meant to be challenges to one's thinking skills, but it is difficult to determine what age would be the audience. Some tales are quite obvious and others make little sense. Overall, they are unappealing, no matter what age they were intended for.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4These 18 stories tell "true lies" and encourage readers to seek the truth behind what seems to be fallacy. For example, in "The Donkey and the Carrots," a donkey tied to an eight-foot rope manages to devour carrots from a cart 30 feet away. How? Sources for the tales are cited and range from the folk literature of Nigeria, Finland, the Jews of Kurdistan, to the reigns of British kings. Youngsters will relish these challenges, and teachers will appreciate their value for developing critical skills. Those who like these selections will also enjoy Shannon's Still More Stories to Solve (Greenwillow, 1994) and its predecessors. Black-and-white cartoons add energy to the tellings, and each tale is interpreted by partial page or border art. For the most part, the art and text are well integrated, but in a few cases the intensity of the art is distracting. With True Lies, Shannon adds another thoughtfully selected and well-written folkloric-puzzle book to his body of work.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Recognizing a half-truth is one of life's harder lessons, but Shannon (Still More Stories to Solve, 1994, etc.) makes a sport of it in this collection of 18 stories that challenge readers to discover what is true and what is fabricated. Whether it's the story of the brothers digging for treasure in the vineyard their late father bequeathed them (when the treasure is the vineyard itself), or the tale of the brother and sister who promised their mother they'd each eat only one of the cookies they were baking, but were still too full to eat dinner (because the cookies they'd devoured were as big as a cake), there is a host of amusing and tricky folktales, biblical stories, and fables to test anyone's truth-telling skills. The procession of black-and-white drawings maintains a justifiably high-spirited pace, and although the tales offer a varying degree of complexity, every one ends with "The Whole Truth," a section that reveals any deceptions or slippery omissions. A collection that confirms for children what they may have guessed already about life's many shades of gray.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688163716
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 811,702
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

John O'Brien has illustrated over 60 books for children, most recently I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel and The Beach Patrol, which he wrote with Max Bilkins. He lives in Delron, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1. One Cookie 8
2. The Donkey and the Carrots 11
3. Ropedancing 13
4. Half the Cherries 17
5. A Little Land 21
6. A Poor Scholar 25
7. No Time to Lie 27
8. Lost Money 29
9. All Mine 33
10. Matti and Peikko 35
11. A Tall Hog 39
12. Love and Pumpkins 41
13. Shoes and Peas 43
14. A Born Leader 47
15. Pleased to See 49
16. Pockets 53
17. Stolen Yams 55
18. Inheritance 59
Notes 63
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    True lies

    I love this book because it is so surprising. The tricks people think of is amazing. True lies is about people telling the truth while twisting it just enough to be a lie

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