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Friday 29 November 2013

Review: Being Frank

Being Frank takes us on a journey to the weird and wonderful world of diplomacy and tact. Children are told not to lie, but the truth can lead to trouble. Feelings can get hurt and friendships irreparably damaged when unnecessary truths are shared.

Frank has a tendency to blurt the most hurtful facts and then be bamboozled that others don’t appreciate his truthfulness. As we journey with him, we find it is possible to mention positive truths and overlook those that might hurt people’s feelings.

Told with humour and signposts to the consequences of thoughtless words, Being Frank is the perfect starting point for discussions about how our words can affect other people’s feelings.

It is true that we should always tell the truth, but finding the right way to serve it —with more sugar and less pepper—is a great skill. Being Frank is the perfect teaching tool for children with social communication challenges and anyone faced with the dilemma of choosing between telling the truth or preserving a friend’s feelings.


Title: Being Frank
Author: Donna W. Earnhardt
Illustrator: Andrea Castellani
Publisher: Flashlight Press, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781936261192
For ages: 9+
Type: Picture Book