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Honesty: Zach's Tall Tale: 11/13/07
Zach's Tall Tale is the first story based on a 1996 PBS series called Adventures from the Book of Virtues. If the books are anything to go on, I'm grateful to have missed the television series.
Each book teaches a different virtue through some painfully forced plotting. Then to spice things up, the story takes a time out for an excerpt from a better story that illustrates the same point.
Besides Zach and Annie there are talking forest animals who for some unexplained reason have the names of dead Greek philosophers. But to keep things cool, the animals go by nicknames like "Sock" for Socrates. More on Sock when I review Sock at Work.
In this inaugural book, Zach must learn the importance of telling the truth after he breaks his father's camera. Of course Zach could have saved himself and us a lot of pain if he had listened to his father in the first place but this book is about honesty not obedience.