TELL THE TRUTH, PANGOLIN, by Melinda Beatty and Paola Escobar, Anne Schwartz Books, Oct. 18, 2022, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 4-8)
A pangolin finds himself in a pickle when he breaks the queen’s swing in Tell the Truth, Pangolin, by Melinda Beatty and Paola Escobar.
Pangolin is enjoying himself on the royal swing in the bright summer sunshine when suddenly, the ropes break and — OW! — he falls to the ground. What will I tell the queen?! Pangolin worries. He races to the stables to ask his friend Badger. “Tell her the musicians needed the swing’s rope for their lutes!” the stablemaster advises. Fox, the castle guard, has a different idea: “Might you say that the King needed to repair his royal jump rope?” Pug, Cat, and Goose all have suggestions, too. But which story will Pangolin tell the queen?! —Synopsis provided by Anne Schwartz Books
Sometimes having courage is the hardest part of telling the truth.
In Tell the Truth, Pangolin Pangolin is worried about the consequences of being honest. And his friends seem to understand that worry all too well, coming up with wilder and wilder stories about how the swing broke.
While everyone seems to have the best of intentions, it’s only when Pangolin owns the truth that he feels better.
Tell the Truth, Pangolin is a charming picture book that readers will immediately be drawn to. Warm and inviting text paired with sweet animals make for a lovely reading experience.
Filled with humor, Tell the Truth, Pangolin is a light and understanding look at the challenges that exist when telling the truth. It’s a tale that young — and old — readers will immediately relate to, and would be a good resource in a number of learning situations as well as being enjoyed at home.
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