Every so often, we encounter someone who has a natural gift for interacting with animals. Grandmother Maddy has such a gift. When Maddy sits quietly in the woods, all kinds of animals gather peacefully around her. Not all of Maddy’s family and friends believe in such a talent, especially her daughter and her son-in-law. Nevertheless, Maddy is their choice to watch Robbie while his parents tour Europe with their string quartet. Robbie enjoys Maddy’s company, and is open to accepting the truth about her strange gift with wild animals. When Maddy breaks her ankle on their camping trip, Robbie comes to understand not only Maddy’s truth, but his own truths as well. The Truth of Me is an early chapter book making it a good choice for beginning readers and reluctant readers. There’s a lot of white space on the pages, short sentences and simple words, but the story still holds the reader’s attention.
reviewed by Victoria