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*Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie* by Laura Rankin
Also written and/or illustrated by Laura Rankin:

Tiptoe Joe

The Perfect Hamburger and Other Stories
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie
by Laura Rankin
Ages 4-8 32 pages Bloomsbury USA June 2007 Hardcover    

“Ruthie loved tiny things – the tinier the better.” Ruthie is a little fox who absolutely adores her collections of the teeniest toys imaginable. One day, while playing on the twirling bar in the playground at school, she finds a treasure in lying in the grass – a teeny tiny camera. It’s just like a real camera, only it has a teeny tiny window and a teeny tiny button. CLICK, CLICK…this “was the absolute best thing Ruthie had every found, and it was all hers!”

Ruthie wanders around the playground taking pictures. “Say cheese, Martin.” CLICK! But Martin doesn’t say cheese, he says “Hey, that’s my camera!” A startled Ruthie says “No it’s not, it’s mine.” And so the argument begins. Ruthie runs into the school and, desperate to keep the teeny tiny camera, she soon finds herself telling Martin and the teacher “It’s mine!”

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie describes how Ruthie feels for the rest of the day, unable to concentrate, unable to enjoy her favorite dinner, until finally at bedtime she cannot hold back the tears. Although her Papa assures her that Mrs. Olsen and Martin will understand her mistake, she is not entirely certain. Not until she admits her (not so) teeny tiny lie to Mrs. Olsen and apologizes to Martin does she feel better - and not just a teeny tiny bit better, much better!

The pictures throughout the book carry as much emotion as the story its self. When Ruthie rides home from school, upset by her (not so) teeny tiny lie, her ears are straight down. When she enters the schoolroom and begins “the long walk to the front of the room” the next day to tell Mrs. Olsen about her lie, the picture depicts Ruthie at the far end of the picture down the aisle of desks looking very small.

Full of colorful and insightful illustrations, Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie is a lovable story outlining an important lesson about telling (not so) teeny tiny lies.

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