Should Kids Believe Everything They Read?

Should kids believe everything they read?  Well in this book the answer is no!  Each chapter shares three stories, two are true and one is a lie.  Each story sounds a bit unimaginable, but they include data and photos so they must be true, right?  This is a wonderful opportunity to help kids become critical readers of information, and learn some really fascinating facts too.

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Title: Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Aliveshould kids believe everything they read  two truths and a lie

Author: Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson

Target: Grades 4-8

Series: Yes. This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

In the first chapter, the reader gets three stories. One is about a plant with roots that resemble a person, one is about a forest which consists of just one tree and finally, the readers learn about plants that communicate with each other. Two of these stories are true and one is false. The reader must figure out which is which. The pattern repeats for nine chapters and 27 fascinating stories about the natural world.

Why I love this book:

  • It has never been more important for kids to understand the truth about what they are reading. In each made up story, the authors have injected photos, facts, and data, some of which are true. However, the challenge is to understand your sources and to pick out false from fact when investigating. A cursory review on the internet may give kids the impression their story is true where a little digging will have them discovering that all is not as it appears.
  • These stories are so fun. Kids will be pondering whether or not someone can have the hiccups for 68 years, if there is really a cure for shyness or if a remote control can be used on the human brain.
  • There are fun quizzes interjected throughout the book to see if you can pick out which plant names, dinosaur monikers or body parts are real or not.

Who this book is for:

This is a fun book for most kids. This is the perfect book for a road trip or a rainy day. A kid can read it alone and completely enjoy it, but it is also so interactive that it makes a great family activity.

Final thoughts:

I speak French fluently, I have zip lined through the Amazon rainforest and I am a CPA. One is a lie. Can you guess?

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