Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Review: Truth and Tails

Reviewing Truth & Tails

Before Marianna was even born I announced my intention to build her a library that would help her understand the world around her. Already it includes child atlases, dictionaries, I-Spys, and compendiums of quite interesting trivia. More importantly, it has tomes which teach that most fundamental of lessons: we are all different, and that is not a bad thing.

So when Truth and Tails contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing their stories, I knew they would fit right in!

What is Truth & Tails?


There are three people behind Truth & Tails: authors Alice and Ben, and illustrator Phoebe. They wanted to create stories which could explain complex concepts in a straightforward and accessible manner; that were educational without being boring. In their own words:

Truth ...because we believe in being honest with children from the moment that they’re old enough to understand and be inquisitive about the issues that we’re tackling.

Tails ...because each one of our stories is told using loveable, beautifully illustrated animal characters.

Put another way: "Our mission is to use children’s fiction to eliminate prejudice, encourage acceptance and aid understanding by addressing life’s hard-to-deal-with concepts – from social issues to scientific theories – through simple, sensitive and beautiful stories featuring loveable characters."

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There are currently three Truth & Tails stories in the series:

Molly the Mole, a Truth & Tails Story
This is an absolutely beautiful story about what happens when Molly starts comparing herself to her friends. She isn't clever like Owen the Owl, or pretty like Belinda the Butterfly.

Owen, Belinda, and Daisy the Deer help Molly to see that she has special qualities of her own. Molly realises that this is what makes them all such good friends - their kindness, helpfulness and patience - not what they can do or what they look like.

Molly the Mole is available in paperback for £6.99 or as an ebook for £3.99.

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Vincent the Vixen, a Truth & Tails Story
Vincent loves playing with his brothers and sisters, especially when it involves make believe and the dressing up box. But when he's asked why he always wants to dress up as a girl, Vincent realises that even when the others have finished playing pretend - he can't. After talking to his friends and parents, Vincent makes a big decision, and finds a way to live happily ever after.

I love how simply yet sensitively this book introduces big concepts like gender identity. I have been particularly looking for books dealing with trans issues recently, and I really couldn't ask for a better way to spark discussion with Marianna once she gets a little older. (Right now her idea of a discussion is repeating 'Zippy' in an ever more urgent tone 47 times.)

Vincent the Vixen is available in paperback (£6.99) and ebook (£3.99) formats.

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Carlos the Chameleon, a Truth & Tails StoryI love all three books, but this one just clinches the favourite position. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous - lots of bright colours and funky patterns - and the story carries the message that I most want Marianna to understand.

Carlos is a lovely vibrant green, but when he plays with the other animals he changes the way he looks so he can fit in. He worries that his friends wouldn't like him otherwise. But by the story's end Carlos has realised that the best way to make friends and be happy is to be himself.

Carlos the Chameleon is available on Amazon, priced at £6.99 for paperback and £3.99 for ebook.

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I figured I was going to be, but reading the books just cemented my status as a loud and proud Truth & Tails fan. I love the sweet illustrations; I love the simple, child friendly writing; and I really love that the team aren't afraid to tackle concepts and issues which are usually pushed aside into the 'when you're older' box.

Introducing a topic early normalises it, turns it from an 'issue' into a fact of life, and generally helps children to make better sense of the world around them. I'm looking forward to seeing the future titles in the Truth & Tails series, whatever they may be!

You can check out Truth & Tails for yourself at truthandtails.com, or you can connect with them on social media via Facebook and Twitter.




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28 comments:

  1. I love that you are creating a library, I think its so important for our little ones to read and learn about anything and everything. These books look great, I'd love these in our own little library, great review!

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    1. Thank you! Books are such a useful tool, I think, they can open our minds to anything. x

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  2. I will definitely be getting some of these as TM gets older, I also love reading and have started a library (though it's mainly story books at the moment) for him. I think books are a fantastic way to tackle big issues and tricky topics so these are a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing this! #BloggerClubUK

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    1. They're great for introudcing big topics in a fun and accessible way, without making it all 'serious business'. x

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  3. These seem really lovely, thanks for sharing! Absolutely love your blog by the way, so colourful!

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  4. We love reading and this sounds like such a fab range of books I'll certainly be looking out for them.

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    1. They're really lovely, and the illustrations are gorgeous!

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  5. Sounds like they have a fab collection of books. I love discovering new books for T especially if the illustrations are good :)

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    1. I'm such a stickler for good illustration - Marianna might not care, but I do! x

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  6. They sound like wonderful books. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  7. These sound like great additions to your library!

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  8. These sound great, I love books that tackle issues in a way a child can understand x

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    1. They're really lovely - I can see me reading them again and again to Marianna. x

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  9. These look like a great range of books :) The cover look bright and lovely designs :)

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  10. The books love lovely. I love the bright covers a lot.

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    1. The illustrations are fab, lots and lots of colour. x

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  11. This looks like a lovely book with a good lesson for kids too

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    1. Yeah, I was really impressed with them.

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  12. The love of reading is something I hope all my nieces and nephews pick up x

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    1. It can open up so many doors to children x

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  13. I love the sound of these books, I adore reading to my children and hope that they love books as much as I do when they are older xx

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    1. They're really sweet. I love reading - it's such a great way to spend an evening. x

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  14. We love reading books, it's so important for kids to develop a love for reading! :)
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    1. Totally - it's such an important skill.

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