T.R.U.T.H. BOOKS 2017

Character Education is an important component of our curriculum.  It is our belief that the T.R.U.T.H. principles will help students become kind, respectful and courteous citizens.  Here at West Middle Island we are committed to these principles:

T eamwork  
R espect
U nderstanding
T olerance
H  armony
T = Teamwork
Anything Is Possible
Giulia Bellon

The sheep in this story is a dreamer, while her friend the wolf has a more practical disposition.  One day the sheep runs to the wolf with an idea.  She wants to build a flying machine!  But the wolf tells her it's impossible.  Eventually, however, the sheep's dream gets the better of the wolf's doubts, and they begin to work on the project together.  Through perseverance and the process of trial and error, the sheep and wolf manage to create a winning design, brought to life by architecturally and mathematically inspired paper collage art.  At the end of this whimsical tale, even the wolf has to admit that anything is possible! 

R = Respect
What Do You Do With an Idea?

Kobi Yamada

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world.  As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself.  And then, one day, something amazing happens.  this is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult.  It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next.  Because you think your idea isn't going anywhere, doesn't mean anything.  In fact, your idea may just be getting started.

U = Understanding
Not Your Typical Dragon

Dan Bar-el

Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.  But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn't come out - only whipped cream!  Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with Band-Aids, marshmallows, teddy bears?  Crispin Wonders if he'll ever find his inner fire.  But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.

T = Tolerance
The Spotty Dotty Daffodil

Rose Mannering

The little daffodil's only dream, ever since he was just a bulb, was to grow to be tall, bright, and yellow.  But during the winter, the little bulb caught a cold.  When springtime finally arrives, the bulb's brothers and sisters have all grown into beautiful yellow daffodils, while the little daffodil is left spotted and small.  The daffodil is ashamed of his red spots, and thinks himself ugly in comparison to his brothers and sisters.  So when a little girl comes outside to play for the first time since winter, the little daffodil tries to hide in shame.  But the little girl is looking for a special flower to give her grandmother.  Does she choose the spotty dotty daffodil?  Does the daffodil finally accept his spots?
H = Harmony
Flight School

Lita Judge

Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn't built to soar.  But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly!  Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.
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