Nino has broken her mother’s favorite vase. To cover her tracks, she decides to lie. But lying makes her feel bad. She doesn’t know what to do. Should she continue digging herself into a hole, adding lie upon lie, pretending not to know a thing about the vase, or should she tell the truth, and get into trouble?
Most children come face to face with the dilemma of whether to tell the truth or lie on a daily basis. Children’s understanding of truth is fuzzy at times. In a compelling graphic-novel form, and in chapters such as “Lying to Protect Myself”, “Lying Makes Me Feel Bad”,“Truth-telling”, “Strange Truth”, “Wrong Choices” and more, we watch one little girl grapple with the tools of reason available to her, to address one of our biggest moral issues: what is truth. Woven into the chapters are the stories Nino reads to try to find answers, such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, an excerpt from Plato’s Republic, and the myth of Icarus.