Cleo plays tricks on her dog friends, then finds that they don't believe her when she really needs them. She learns that it isn't nice to play tricks on people.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful Clifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful

In these activities, talking about the consequences of telling fibs and learning why telling the truth is important teaches important lessons that build:

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills and social literacy

What's All the Fuss About Fibbing?What's All the Fuss About Fibbing?

Use a quiet time to talk about the difference between a story, a tall tale, a fib, and a plain old lie. Talk about this episode and invite the child to explain why Cleo stretched the truth and what the consequences were.

Children's Answers to Important QuestionsChildren's Answers to Important Questions

Children can come up with thoughtful—yet often hilarious—answers to important questions. Keep a record of some of the child's responses in the form of a scrapbook or journal. Ask a Question of the Week and have the child dictate responses to you as you write. Examples of questions include:

  • What is pretending?
  • What is a lie?
  • What does "telling the truth" mean?
  • What's the difference between a made-up story and a true story?
  • Why do people make up stories?

With a Group:
Post children's answers to the Question of the Week as a bulletin board display.

Library Corner

The following books explore the theme of truthfulness:

Elephant in a Well by Marie Hall Ets
Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs
Franklin Fibs by Paulette Bourgeois

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