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Eli knows the difference between pretending and the real facts. Pretending is what he does when he orbits the earth with Duffy, and the real facts are what actually happen. Sometimes in REAL life, keeping to the facts is hard for Eli. Eli has a knack for telling fibs and an occasional whopper. But when Eli’s dog Duffy gets banished to the backyard, Eli learns at least one reason for telling the truth!
While it can be common for kids to stretch the truth, toss out fibs, or tell big whoppers, why does this frustrate parents so much?
It’s helpful for parents to understand how kids experience a lie. Kids don’t really believe they are lying. Instead, the fact-stretching can be a convenient way to get out of trouble or to protect someone else from being punished. Telling lies may be a way your child can safeguard friendships. Or stretching the truth might only be a bit of fun.
Enjoy this story with your children. and as they see the consequence of Eli’s fibs, they might understand the benefits of sticking to the truth. And to help you get the facts straight on fibs, lies, big lies, and whoppers, included is a Note to Parents by Mary Lamia, PhD, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with adults, adolescents, and preteens.
Sandra Levins lives in Burlington, Iowa with her husband, Jim. Their diverse family includes their five sons, their sons’ partners, and six adorable grandchildren. A natural-born storyteller, Sandy is also the author of the Magination Press books Eli’s Lie-O-Meter, Bumblebee Bike, Was It the Chocolate Pudding? and Do You Sing Twinkle? Follow her on Facebook: @SandraLevinsChildrensWriter
Jeff Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost a decade. He and his wife Eileen both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After college he worked for a puppet theater sculpting marionettes and performing. He also created many large scale animal puppets for the Central Park Zoo. After moving to Chicago he got his first experience of working in the children’s book industry as an Art Director at Publications International ltd for 6 years. He has since become a full time freelance illustrator and has illustrated over 40 children’s books, including Eli’s Lie-O-Meter.