A Trail of Honesty

A Trail of Honesty

by J.A. Angelo

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Overview

Summertime is vacation time for the Angelino family, and the two Angelino boys are excited about their upcoming camping trip. They're going to the local state park, where they can swim, go fishing, and look for wildlife!

Being on vacation doesn't mean the boys have to be careful. An encounter with a sneezing deer provides their father with an opportunity to teach the boys about respecting wildlife and staying alert for danger. Knowing more about the park's wildlife helps the boys have more fun while staying safe. They discover staying quiet and moving slowly makes it easier to see the animals and birds that call the park home.

At the camp, the boys have responsibilities like the rest of the family. When they neglect one of these responsibilities and lie about it, they wind up in trouble-and learn an important lesson.

Beautifully illustrated, A Trail of Honesty teaches children about honesty while explaining actions have consequences. J. A. Angelo's delightful story is an ideal way for parents to use consequences to teach children how to be better people-not simply to punish them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692056226
Publisher: J.A. Angelo
Publication date: 10/12/2018
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

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A Trail of Honesty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
The kids are out of school for the summer so the Angelino family decide to go camping at the local state park. They enjoy playing games, swimming, and taking nature walks. The story is cute and to the point. After dinner the children are sitting on the hood of the car eating apples. Later their dad asks them if they remembered to throw the apple cores away. The children lie when actually they left the cores on the hood of the car. After the children had gone to bed there is a loud commotion. A raccoon had found the apple cores and when scurrying away the raccoon leaves a dent in the hood of the car. The next morning the children are confronted with their lie and the consequences of lying. The illustrations are colorful and effective. I think this book is best for younger children (perhaps ages 4-6) as its simplicity would probably bore older children. It effectively opens the door to having a conversation about why children should not lie to their parents. I received a complimentary copy via GoodReads. Opinions expressed here are my own.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
The excitement of a camping trip sets the scene for a look at the consequences lies can bring. The three boys go on a camping trip with their family and have lots of fun, especially when their father teaches them things about the wildlife and nature. At the end of the day, the boys have a snack but don't completely obey the directions given to them. When asked if they had done everything correctly, they lie and don't think much about it. Unfortunately, trouble soon follows. This is a book to read aloud to slightly older kids, ages four and up. The bright illustrations are on one side of the page, while the short text lies on the other. While the text does make the plot clear, the illustrations work with it, adding to the story and bringing along the extra details to round it off. It's a nice balance. When picking up this book, it's important to realize that the author does intend to bring across a certain message and isn't trying to simply present a lovely story. Nor does it read as smoothly and fun as a bedtime or entertainment read, but rather comes across a bit direct, distant and told. For teaching or discussion purposes, however, it's a gentle way to open up to a conversation. The boys and their parents are presented as a wholesome family, which explores and has fun together. When the problem arises—the boys' lies—and the boys are caught, the result is predictable and the message obvious. The author then ends the book with a few thoughts and hints which help lead into a discussion concerning lies and the consequences they can bring. It's a nice book for those adults looking for a way to bring up the topic of lies and raise children's awareness surrounding the implications which can result from such situations. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite It was summer vacation and the Angelino family decided to take a vacation with some family and friends. They went to the campground at the local state park and they played backyard games like badminton, horseshoes, and hide-and-go-seek. The Angelinos had a lot of fun swimming, fishing, going on nature walks, and having movie nights at the Amphitheater. One day the three Angelino boys took a nature trail with their dad. The three boys walked ahead of their dad and they were soon out of sight. The boys saw a lot of animals, swung on a vine hanging from a tree, and picked up some fallen apples from the apple trees on their way back home. They all had dinner and the children went to bed. Then suddenly there was a crash. What was the loud bang that scared the adults? A Trail of Honesty by J.A. Angelo is an adorable story that conveys a good message to young readers; that of being honest, explaining how actions have consequences, and being responsible. The illustrations are delightful and they bring the story alive and make the concept clear to readers. The parent/child discussion at the end of the book is fun, interactive, and educational, and is perfect to use in classrooms during interactive sessions to help children understand the importance of being honest. It is a perfect storybook for parents to have in their personal collection to make children understand the importance of their actions and how to be honest with parents.
Thebookdevourer More than 1 year ago
A great kids' story on the importance of honesty (go figure, from the title). This is easy for kids to understand as it is told in a fun, interesting way so that even a younger child could understand. I highly recommend this. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
AmberMoon86 More than 1 year ago
The story is cute. Every other page is illustrated with only a little text on the non-illustrated pages, making it easy to keep a small child's attention. For the same reason, it may be a little boring for an older child. Some of the words were a little big for an early independent reader. As for the lesson in honesty, it's a good lesson, but it came off a bit stronger than I would have liked. Knowing my kids, if I were to deliver a message that strong on my own, I'd get some push back. In a book, it's a little more forgivable, but I wish the story at least eased them into it. The only real issue I have with the book is the inaccuracy about consequences. In the book, consequences are defined with the idea that they happen because of something bad that was done. In reality, there are both positive and negative consequences that occur all the time based on all actions. I frequently point this out to my kids to encourage appropriate actions by pointing out the potential positive consequences of doing the right thing. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.