Value: Honesty

Time: 20 min

Appropriate Ages: 4-10


  • Book: Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie, by Laura Rankin


  1. Read the story, stopping at the following pages in the story to ask these discussion questions:


Did Ruthie mean to steal Martin's camera?

What choices does Ruthie have?

What choice do you think she wants to make?


Why did Ruthie make the choice to lie?

How will this choice help her?

How will this choice hurt her?


Why is Ruthie feeling so sad?

What could she do to make herself feel better?

Pause reading the story and have the children act out what might happen in each of the following scenarios:

  • If she never tells the truth and the camera stays in the teacher's desk

  • If she tells the truth and the teacher, Martin, and Martin's parents get really mad at her

  • If she tells the truth and everyone responds positively


How is Ruthie feeling now?

If she finds another teeny tiny thing that is someone else's tomorrow, what choice do you think she will make?


Further Discussion Questions:

  • When do you feel like you want to lie?

  • When do you feel like you want to tell the truth and be honest?

  • How did Ruthie's parents, teacher, and Martin help her to want to tell the truth?

  • When does being honest make you feel better? When does lying make you feel better?

  • If Ruthie had kept on lying, what do you think would have happened to-

    • her feelings about herself?​

    • Martin's feelings about her?

    • her happiness at school and at home?

  • When you need to tell the truth, what makes you the most scared to tell the truth?

  • Would being honest ever make you worse off? Why or why not?