When Robbie spends the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, he revels in his grandmother's easy, relaxed ways. Robbie has always felt as if something is missing in his life—his parents don't always act like they love him. Maddy helps him understand that an experience his mother had long ago is at the heart of the problem in his family. With this knowledge, Robbie finds the courage to try to make things right.
This poignant story from beloved author Patricia MacLachlan celebrates how our unique "small truths" make each of us magical and brave in our own ways.
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book
ALA Booklist Notable Children's Books Nominee
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
|Lexile:||420L (what's this?)|
|File size:||574 KB|
|Age Range:||6 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan Katherine Tegen Books, 2013 (8/6/13) Realistic Fiction 128 pages 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.