Parents' Guide to

The Sad Little Fact

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Wry, whimsical story of "facts" and their fake counterparts.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

Perfect book for kids in USA today

The sad little fact is that "A fact is a fact," whether you want it to be true or not. If some of the facts listed in this book make you angry, then you yourself have buried the sad little fact alongside the others. Critical thinking has never been more important or under greater threat than it is today, and that is why I was very happy to see my daughter bring this book home from her school library!

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age 5+

The Sad Little Fact

This is a book that can be enjoyed by young readers, but the real point being made is one that will resonate with older readers. The idea is that there are some people who try to ignore facts that are not convenient to them. In this era of people claiming “fake news” all the time, it is refreshing to find a book that accepts all facts as facts. As a school librarian, I try to teach children that they must do research from a number of sources before they can trust information. Not all information is reliable, and it is our responsibility to educate children to reference sources that are credible, reliable, and written by somebody with knowledge of the topic they speak on. This story supports the notion that the truth must be set free.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This wry, wise story about the importance of upholding the truth is more relevant now than ever,. Even young kids who don't understand the cultural context of how this serves as an allegory to falsehoods in the media will appreciate and enjoy A Sad Little Fact. Writer Jonah Winter and illustrator Pete Oswald have great chemistry, and here they deliver another precious (and astute and cynical) story that kids (and adults!) of all ages will get a kick out of.

Book Details

  • Author: Jonah Winter
  • Illustrator: Pete Oswald
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • Publication date: May 7, 2019
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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