Title: Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It Author: Michael B. Kaplan Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch Publisher: Dial (February 21, 2013) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 32 Genre: Children’s Source: Library Ages: 3 to 5
This is a tough day for Betty Bunny, she is about to learn a hard lesson when it comes to lying.
When no one wants to play with Betty, she decides to take matters into her own hands and a lamp is broken. Quickly trying to hide the evidence, she is soon caught, but instead of owning up to her actions, she devises a fantastical story involving the tooth fairy and a bag of baby teeth.
Being called out by her mother, it is explained to her that lying is not okay. Betty is sticking to her story, but in a typical play on the Boy Who Cried Wolf, another item is broken and no one believes that it is not Betty’s fault.
This day is just getting tougher and tougher until her brother confesses to the incident and is rewarded for his honesty. Confusion ensues and silly Betty is suddenly confessing to all sorts of things.
Swearing to tell the truth brings about confusions – that is where this book teaches a dual message of honesty and doing your best not to hurt other people’s feelings.
Do not miss a great prompting opportunity to open up conversations between adults and children on honesty.