Being Frank

Tips for "Being Frank"

Before You Read:

  • Discuss the concept of honesty with your child. Ask what a lie is and what a truth is and discuss why telling lies isn't a good thing. Talk about times when your child has been honest and dishonest and share your own stories about times when you've been honest about something, even if you didn't necessarily want to be. As you read the story, your child may be surprised that the lesson of the story is not to always be honest, but to be respectful and thoughtful in your honesty.


Extending the Story:

  • Play a kid-friendly game of "Two Truths and a Lie"! Have your child think of two statements that are true and one that is a lie and try and guess which is the lie of the three. Go back and forth and whomever guesses the most lies correctly wins. Consider checking out Yes! Safe Choices for Kids and eHow for more ideas on games and discussion starters about honest. 

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...