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Being Frank
By Donna W. Earnhardt

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Being Frank

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Being Frank
Written By Donna W. Earnhardt
Illustrated by Andrea Castellani
Flashlight Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-9362611-9-2
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - May 20, 2013

'Honesty is the best policy.' That is Frank's motto and he always sticks to it no matter how difficult it makes his own life, or how hurtful his words are to those around him. Other than for Frank, no one is impressed by Frank's frankness. In fact, Frank's honesty policy is so upsetting to everyone that even Frank is finding it unsettling. At a lost for what to do about his problem, Frank goes to visit his grandpa, who also has a habit of being overly frank. Grandpa teaches Frank how to stay true to himself without hurting other people's feelings.

In a nutshell, this is an outline of Being Frank, written by Donna W. Earnhardt. This delightful and witty children's book not only offers readers an artfully written story, but it is also a book that teaches children an important lesson about how to be polite when choosing one's words. The text of this story is accompanied by lively and colorful illustrations that gleefully enhance the story. The illustrations were created by Andrea Castellani, an award winning artist from Italy.

Being Frank is a perfect book for reading out loud while a little one looks at the pictures. The vibrant, and at times quirky, illusrations in this book will also help encourage new readers to look through the book seeking out words they can decipher on their own. Best of all, the text is written in a large, dark print, making it an easy book to read for those who need or desire a larger font size. Even if you have perfect eyesight, you will find that the large print will allow you to read the book in the lower light setting that is often required when reading a little one to sleep!

So curl up with this book and follow Frank as he discovers that by sugar coating the truth just a smidgen, you can be honest with people without hurting their feelings.


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