Parents across the world are pulling their hair out on a daily basis because of their children’s (and other adults’ for that matter) dishonesty. Reading storybooks with your child is one strategy that can be used to help teach children the impact of the choices they makes and the consequences of those choices.
“Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back: A Tale About Telling the Truth”, writte by Howard Binkow, is a fabulous book that addresses the issue of honesty. Howard B. Wigglebottom is a young bunny that develops the unfortunate habit of lying to friends and family. The expression of “having a monkey on his back” is taught to students as Howard feels the weight growing and growing until he can’t stand it any longer.
This book is a great discussion starter and I will be using this with my students in grades one through three this year during my lessons on honesty. The book does a wonderful job pointing out why Howard lies; for example, to keep his friend from getting into trouble, for attention from his peers, to keep from getting into trouble himself, etc. The illustrations are adorable as well. I think that it is fabulous that the author includes lesson suggestions and discussion questions at the back of the book, which can be used for parents as well as teachers.
Howard B. Wigglebottom is a character in a whole series, which includes the topics of bullying, listening, and dealing with problems. The We Do Listen Foundation’s website is located at www.wedolisten.com. Their website includes free animated books, educational games and activities, songs, lessons, posters, e-cards, and other resources. It is full of information!
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