Truman

By: Jean Reidy

Illustrator: Lucy Ruth Cummins

Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below…until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!

Truman waits for her to return.

He waits.

And waits.

And waits.

And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do. Even if it seems…impossible!

Full-color illustrations were rendered in gouache, brush marker, charcoal, and colored pencil, and were finished digitally.

ISBN: 9781534416642

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Turtles , Pets , Buses , City life , Schools

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019 NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“Truman was small, the size of a donut—a small donut—and every bit as sweet” accurately describes a turtle who has a very close relationship with his Sarah. The tiny reptile knows something’s up when Sarah gives him extra green beans, buttons up a brand new sweater, takes a large backpack and leaves the apartment. Though she’s left him “Truman was small, the size of a donut—a small donut—and every bit as sweet” accurately describes a turtle who has a very close relationship with his Sarah. The tiny reptile knows something’s up when Sarah gives him extra green beans, buttons up a brand new sweater, takes a large backpack and leaves the apartment. Though she’s left him before, he’s unsettled by the activities of the morning, especially when he sees her through the window boarding a city bus. After waiting “a thousand hours,” and she still hasn’t returned, he makes the decision to go after her. His plans on how to get out of his aquarium, leave the apartment and board a bus make for an entertaining tale of love and (temporary) loss. Charming and humorous illustrations were created using gouache, colored pencil, charcoal and brush marker and finished digitally. Tiny Truman is endearing and his adoration, concern, and determination are reflected on his little face. A heartwarming tale of devotion that will be enjoyed by children and their adults.

Horn Book

Most picture books chronicling the first day of school focus on the small humans experiencing that rite of passage, but here the star is one such child’s intrepid pet tortoise. Truman lives in the big city with “his Sarah,” who leaves one day with a backpack. She also places two extra green beans (uh-oh) in his tank and tells him to be Most picture books chronicling the first day of school focus on the small humans experiencing that rite of passage, but here the star is one such child’s intrepid pet tortoise. Truman lives in the big city with “his Sarah,” who leaves one day with a backpack. She also places two extra green beans (uh-oh) in his tank and tells him to be brave. When, from the window, Truman sees her board the #11 bus going south, he knows he will have to go after her. Thus begins his slow-moving jour-ney...across the living room, the pink floor rug being the most daunting obstacle: “Without Sarah, their home seemed vast and uncharted and unsettling.” Just as he’s about to slip under the front door, Sarah returns, touched by his bravery and determination. At the heart of this story, paralleling a child’s own first journey into the unknown that is school, is the affectionate relationship between Sarah and Truman (Sarah regularly kisses her finger and touches it to his shell), and there’s much humor and drama in Truman’s exertions. Cummins’s relaxed-line, mixed-media illustrations bring the family’s cozy world to life, and the occasional use of a larger, bolder font emphasizes the heroics needed for Truman’s journey. This little creature has big courage, something to which small humans can relate.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534416642

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 10"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 560L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Turtles, Pets, Buses, City life, Schools,

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