Really and Truly

Really and Truly

Book - 2011
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With tenderness, sensitivity, and humor, Really and Truly explores the effect that dementia has on a young boy named Charlie and his family. Charlie is very close to his grandfather, who loves to tell fanciful stories about pirates, witches, and gnomes that amuse Charlie to no end. But lately, Charlie's grandpa doesn't have any new stories to tell -- in fact, some days Grandpa doesn't even recognize Charlie. A disease has stolen grandpa's memories, his appetite, and even his smile. Charlie wants so much to make his grandpa smile again that he comes up with a plan to tell him stories -- the same ones that Grandpa used to tell Charlie to make him laugh! Without shying away from the inevitable heartache that comes from watching loved ones suffer, Really and Truly is a spirited book for young readers struggling to remain optimistic during troubling times.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkid Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781926973401
Characteristics: [24] p. :,ol. ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Delisle, Anne-Claire
Quinn, Sarah


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UPSHAWSTARS Apr 18, 2013

The Upshawstars like Here Comes Hortense because we were able to make a lot of connections with ourselves and other books that we have read and Nans, the boy, Hortense and grandpa!

DavidLewislibrary Mar 06, 2013

Ms. El-Behery's class liked this book. We liked the stories that the grandpa told his grandson. We also liked the way the grandson tried to help the grandpa. He told him stories that he used to tell him. Grandpa smiled and laughed and even ate his food.
Ms. M's class liked how this story reminds us of traditions in culture that are passed on from generation to generation from our grandparents. We liked
how Charlie learned the stories from his grandpa, then retold them to
his grandpa when he lost his memory. If somebody loses their memory,
they can still smile and be happy if you tell them the things they taught you.

littlereader3388 Jan 08, 2013

A beautiful story with colourful illustrations.

n_blue Nov 28, 2012

"Really and Truly is one of those books that parents hope they will never need, but it's a must-have for any family dealing with a loved one suffering from dementia...will leave adult readers teary, but will be especially poignant, relevant, and helpful for parents struggling to put dementia into terms that younger children can understand."
- Blake Eligh, Senior Editor at, Quill & Quire

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