T.R.U.T.H. Books 2018-2019


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:

TeamworkOddrey  Oddrey has always been the kind of girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, first in her school's production of The Wizard of Oz and later when she pulls some impressive antics to rescue Maybelline, the new girl at school, from the monkey enclosure at the zoo.  Now Oddrey's back for a third adventure, this time brining her exuberant spirit to the soccer field...

  How can Ralph be so mean?  Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out.  Lucy's defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help.  Because she knows what she stands fro, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice.  This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.

  Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia's fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi's house is empty.  Sofia leans that Maddi's family doesn't have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she'll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she's faced with a difficult decision:  to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi's empty fridge.  Filled with colorful artwork this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons if friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others.  A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on anti-hunger groups, is also included.

 A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times best selling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.  This is the story of four puppies:  Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston.  Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch.  He sips - never slobbers!  He yips - never yaps!  And he walks with grace - never races!  Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.  But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park - Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette-reveals there's been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places.  The new families look right...but they don't feel right.  Can these puppies follow their noses -  and their hearts -  to find where they belong?


 Champ and Walter Norbert Whipplemoore are about as different as two kids can be, well, except for their love of baseball and potato chips.  Champ had everything, but always wanted more.  Walter had very little, but was never seen without a smile on his face.  In the end, it is Walter and some crunchy potato chips that teach Champ a lesson about character that can't be taught in school.    
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