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The Truth of Me Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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He also spends time thinking about who he is. What is the "truth of me." Is it okay to want to be like his grandmother, who is a little wacky? Is it okay to want more from his mom? This story stuck with me, and all I'd say is missing is more, though it truly is a full story that didn't feel rushed.
Strengths: As always, MacLachlan creates a main character that is easy to relate to and empathize with. Robbie is a sweet kid that I couldn't help caring about. Maddy is a free spirit that made me smile. The book's gentle tone makes for a story of discovery and light adventure. Quiet, shy readers are bound to find much here to enjoy.
Weaknesses: A lot of child readers prefer more excitement in the books they read.
Overall, a sweet and thoughtful read for the more thoughtful reader.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013 (8/6/13)
Recommended for grades 3-5
Sure, with its length, white space and large text size this book looks like an easy read, accesible to second graders and third graders. But when you begin discovering the tone and themes of the story it is easy to realize that this book shouldn't be wasted at too young an age. Just because they can read the words does not mean they are understanding the story, we know that :)
Written in short, simple sentences, first person narrator, Jack, unpacks his feelings on being overlooked by his musician mother for the majority of his life. When Jack spends part of the summer with his grandmother he is given clues as to why his mother act as she does. (This doesn't explain why his father isn't winning any Father of the Year trophies, but we can let it slide.) Jack desperately needs to feel taken care of, staying with his grandmother he gets the opportunity to care for others, which proves to be just as important.
The cover might entice animal loving readers into what appears to be an outdoorsy story, and they will be disappointed if that is all they are looking for. Yes the wilderness and animals are within this short story, but this story of self discovery is much more than that, perhaps too much for some of the readers this will attract. But then there is the other side of this: perhaps young readers will pick it up and be amazed at what they can learn and understand when presented "big" ideas in a little package.
The Truth: There are few loving creatures on this planet that can compare to a dog.
*Thanks to HC for providing an ARC for review.*
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I havent read this book I bought it for my little cousin she needs it in class but I heard its pretty goodPublished 4 months ago by greg fender