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Principal's Book of the Month

Our book of the month for November is The Honest--to--Goodness Truthby award winning author, Patricia McKissack.  We are using this book to illustrate the character trait of honesty.                                                                                           

"Tell the truth and shame the devil," Libby's mama has told her. So whatever is Libby doing wrong? Ever since she started telling only the truth, the whole world seems to be mad at her. First it's her best friend, Ruthie Mae, who gets upset when Libby tells all their friends that Ruthie Mae has a hole in her sock. Then Willie gives her an ugly look when she tells the teacher he hasn't done his homework. It seems that telling the truth isn't always so simple. Toney students will sympathize with Libby as she struggles to figure out that even though it's always wrong to tell a lie, there's a right and a wrong way to tell the truth. 

As educators we are aware that at times it takes real strength of character to be truthful.  In the classroom and throughout Toney we place high value on truthfulness.  By acknowledging and praising students who can remain truthful in the face of adversity we hope to send a message that honesty earns respect.  By using the story, The Honest--to--Goodness Truth, we are applying yet another approach to demonstrate that honesty is to be valued and ultimately rewarded.     

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