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Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth [Hardcover]

Andy McGuire

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2011 Little Lessons from Our Animal Pals
Andy McGuire, the creator of Remy the Rhino Learns Patience and A Special Fish for Jonah, releases a new book for kids ages 3-8 about Eleanor, a young hippo with a knack for telling a pack of lies. This delightful story combined with captivating art illustrates how gossip is hurtful and why honesty frees us to be ourselves and to love others like God does. When animals of the village gather round, Eleanor weaves tales about others. She thought that she was having fun But lies can often hurt someone. Shed say, You know that bat named Clark? Can you believe hes afraid of the dark? When Eleanor has an encounter with a spider, she screams with fear, and the truth becomes clear: Eleanor tells lies to make herself look better! This tale will entertain kids and the adults who share this lesson of integrity and kindness with them.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926652
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy McGuire is an editor at Bethany House Publishers. His first picture book, Rainy Day Games, was published in 2008. Andy lives in the Midwest with his wife, Becky, and their two children.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 6 2013
By Charmaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to try and reinforce the importance of telling the truth to my 2 year old. She loves the book and the story is so enchanting and the illustrations so beautiful. We bought a book to give to her daycare to share and her teacher loved it so much she wanted 2 books of her own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book with a great message to tell the truth Feb. 7 2013
By Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
My family enjoyed this book during bedtime reading. It's a great story told in rhyme about the consequencese of telling fibs. The illustration are fun, yet realistic. We really liked this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! May 4 2011
By A. Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw that Andy McGuire had created another book, similar to Remy the Rhino Learns Patience (linked to my review), I was eager to share it with my children. In this newest story, Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth is just as well-written as Remy, but it's a brand new story!

In the African Savannah, Eleanor likes to tell stories about all the other animals to make herself look good. Really, the other animals like to listen to her tales, even though they know they may not all be true.

This all worked to Eleanor's advantage until she made a grave mistake: she told a lie about the king of the jungle! She told the new zebras, "Our lion is a scaredy-cat..." Wow! What a dangerous lie! Of course, Eleanor had to deal with this, but I won't give it away...it was just too good how her friends found out that she had lied to make herself look good.

I love how Andy McGuire sums it all up at the end.

"The truth had overcome the lies,
Which shouldn't be a big surprise.
Since truth is strong and fibs are weak,
Eventually all lies spring a leak."

The illustrations are dear, as you can see from the cover illustration! I love the rhyme and the story. There is no Scripture (or God) reference, but the story is clear that lying is wrong.

Thank you, Harvest House Publishers for providing this book for review purposes!
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth March 29 2011
By Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
By Andy McGuire (Harvest House Publishers, 2011)

This children's book has a great message and is fun to read because of the rhyming format. With adorable and detailed illustrations, this durable hardcover book makes an enjoyable choice for story time. The core message in this book teaches children about the imperativeness of telling the truth and not making up lies to make one's self look more appealing to others. This book measures seven and a quarter inches tall and seven and a quarter inches wide, and includes space to write whom this book is for, by who, and the date on the first page. Honestly, this book makes an entertaining read and great gift idea!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Harvest House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255vf: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth Feb. 17 2011
By Lollipops - Published on Amazon.com
Eleanor hippo loves to talk--but unfortunately not everything that she says is true. She gossips about everyone in her kingdom, but rarely is anything she says true. She thinks that everything is fine until a band of zebras come to town.

The zebras are entertained by Eleanor's lies, until Eleanor goes too far and lies about the local king. When the king summons Eleanor to a private conference, something happens that reveals the truth to everyone around.

ELEANOR THE HIPPO LEARNS TO TELL THE TRUTH is an adorable rhyming book that will help to teach your child about lying and how that lies will be discovered and you'll get in trouble for them. It also stresses how telling the truth is also more fun than lies.

My two little girls were completely fascinated by this tale, and my five-year-old wanted it read over and over. I enjoyed the lesson that the book included.

Filled with colorful illustrations, and a tale that rhymed, this book will hold your child's attention for multiple readings. It might even become a new favorite. I highly recommend ELEANOR THE HIPPO LEARNS TO TELL THE TRUTH. Published in an attractive hard cover, gift book format, this is a book to give to your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews.

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