Sometimes, children’s books can speak so powerfully to us, as adults. More so than we were children.
This particular one has become on of my very favorite, that I revisit and read year after year. I will say that it is one to share with older young ones, 9 and up, just because of the topics and the conversations that can be had and initiated.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
First, my child, remember that there are truths all around us and within us. They twinkle in the night sky and bloom upon the earth. They fall upon us every day, silent as the snow and gentle as the rain. The people, clutching their own truth, forget that it is part of all the small and lonely truths of life. They no longer see these truths, no longer hear them. (…)
Remember this also, little one, she said. The Broken Truth, and Life itself, will be mended only when one person meets another – someone from a different place or with a different face or different ways – and sees and hears…herself. Only then will the people know that every person, every being, is important, and that the world was made for each of us.
Douglass Wood, “Old Turtle and The Broken Truth”, illustrated by Jon Muth, 2003.
What is this truth that the old turtle tells the little girl?
Well, you can learn more about it here and/or by reading this amazing book for children.
It also has some truly beautiful illustrations. You can purchase it from the author’s website or from Amazon.