Often as speech pathologists we are called upon to teach kids the nuances of language. What does someone REALLY mean when they say something? Can we get some clues from their face and body language? “Being Frank” by Donna W. Earnhardt deals with the difference between “being frank” and “being honest.” I have had fun reading and discussing it with kids to see their understanding of the subtle difference. Frank (a little play on words) believed that honesty is the best policy until he managed to annoy, enrage and offend his family and friends with his overly frank comments. Telling his teacher her breath smelled funny, his friend her freckles reminded him of the Big Dipper or pointing out mom’s wrinkles did not go over well. He takes off to visit his confidant and pal, Grandpa, who admits he had the same problem in the past. Frank got some lessons in watching Grandpa tell the truth but keep it kind as he commented on an outrageous floral hat and sampled some very spicy relish, but managed t0 find something good and truthful to tell his friends. Being Frank offers a wonderful opportunity to talk about reactions, changing behavior, being truthful without hurting others, and explaining the subtle changes that Frank made to regain his friends!
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