Truth or Care

A Story About Honesty, Caring, and Using Your Social Filter


SKU: D302-Net

Our friend Freddie the Fly is having a hard time. He can’t figure out why his honesty is causing his friends and family to feel hurt—after all, isn’t he supposed to tell the truth?

When Freddie’s friend Slinky gets a new haircut, he is the first to tell Slinky his new haircut makes him look like roadkill! When his mom makes soup for dinner, Freddie shares that it tastes like dirt! The more Freddie shares his blunt form of honesty with his friends and family, the more they wince or shrink away. But he isn’t sure why.

Luckily, the Bug Master for Freddie’s scouting group has some experience with this, and he is happy to help! Freddie’s Bug Scout Master has a new patch for him to earn – the Truth or Care patch. Join Freddie as he learns that it’s okay to have and share your opinion, but to be a good friend, you should factor the feelings of others into your comments. This social skills story is great for students in grades K through 5 as they learn along with Freddie about how to think before speaking.

Speech language pathologist and expert Kimberly Delude proves once again that navigating social situations can be hard for children (and bugs!) and provides simplified steps to balancing which thoughts to share, which to flush, and how to balance Truth with Care.

Included at the end of the picture book are tips for parents and educators to help children distinguish what they should say and what should be left unsaid.

Written by Kimberly Delude
Illustrated by Brian Martin
Paperback ISBN 9781944882549
Grades K-5
31 pages
Release Date April 7, 2020

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Boys Town Press

Kimberly Delude, MA, CCC-SLP, worked for a national sports team before earning her MA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Department of Education. Kimberly has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association, and works as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools.

Kimberly’s entertaining yet effective teaching style is evident in her stories about popular character Freddie the Fly (and his friends), along with the tips and activities available for each of her books. She spends her days giving kids a voice and uses her humorous tales to help children have fun while improving their communication skills.

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