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The Sad Little Fact Kindle Edition
There once was a fact who could not lie.
But no one believed him.
When the Authorities lock the sad little fact away, along with other facts, the world goes dark. But facts are stubborn things. With the help of a few skillful fact finders, they make a daring escape and bring truth back to brighten the world. Because after all, "a fact is a fact" and that's that!
Truth be told, this spare, ingenious story reads like a modern-day parable. Bestselling author, Jonah Winter, and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, Pete Oswald, pair together to remind us of the importance of honesty and truth during a time of lies and fake news.
“A humorous and inviting story that just begs to be read aloud.... A modern day parable on the importance of honesty in life.” —The Advocate
About the Author
Pete Oswald is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, as well as The Bad Seed, which was an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year in 2017 and an indie favorite. He has worked as a character designer, a concept artist, and an art director on many popular films including Madagascar 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Angry Birds. He has several picture books in the works, including The Good Egg, a sequel to The Bad Seed. . --This text refers to the library edition.
- ASIN : B07J487Y6F
- Publisher : Schwartz & Wade (May 7, 2019)
- Publication date : May 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 18435 KB
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- Print length : 40 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #948,838 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For elem students, a lot went over their heads...but I liked it - can be used, but be careful politically what you say with it
Very cleverly written
But then I read it. It just did not live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. I was hoping for one of those clever, perhaps even somewhat funny, books that is both a delight to read as a parent and a delight to listen to for a child. Unfortunately, this book struck out. The story line is just not very interesting, and many of the elements used are so heavy handed it's almost absurd (but not "haha, this is fun and we're laughing" absurd). A very simple story can work (check out the Mac Barnett's Shape Trilogy), but this one fell flat. In what is probably the most heavy handed decision in the book, the villains are actually called "the Authorities."
Here's a plot synopsis: A sad little fact gets ignored and then locked up by the Authorities, along with a bunch of other facts. The Authorities then make a bunch of lies and try to convince everyone that those are the real facts (heavy handed again, they do it by saying "These ARE the facts." when people ask where the facts are). The facts are rescued and dug up by some fact finders, they make it out into the light of day where they can brighten the world once more, and happily proclaim "a fact is a fact!" The people who want to ignore facts walk off "in a huff," and the people "with minds to think and a need to know the truth" see that facts can't be denied.
I also didn't like the ending very much. I was glad it ended with the facts getting out into the light of day, but the implication that the people who don't agree with them don't have "minds to think" is a pretty dangerous message. I think there are a lot of people out there who end up being duped by charlatans or fall prey to poor logic or really snazzy fake news campaigns-- but most of those people aren't non-thinkers who are purposely trying to ignore all facts and I don't like that message for my kids. It's *too* devoid of nuance, even for young children, because it sets them up to dehumanize the people they may disagree with or who are not seeing facts properly. That kind of oversimplified rhetoric is not helpful to our society, and is something I usually associate with smug jerks (even when I agree with those jerks!). I'll pass on trying to teach it to my young kids.