Author: Paulette Bourgeois
Plot Summary: Bear can climb the highest tree, Hawk can fly over the berry patch without flapping his wings, and Beaver can chop down a tree with his teeth. "I can swallow 76 flies in the blink of an eye", Franklin fibs. . . . Then Franklin's friends ask him to prove it!
Posted In: Ethics

Discussion Questions
  • Why did Franklin tell a fib in the first place?
  • Is “fibbing” the same as lying? If not, what is the difference?
  • Is it ever okay to lie?
  • Is lying for a greater good okay? In what cases would lying be acceptable?
  • Why did it take Franklin so long to tell the truth?
  • Does lying sometimes improve our relationships? Does it hurt them?
  • Is truth important in friendship?

Contributed by Gobe Hirata