What is Truth, Betsy?
A Story of Truth
A young girl explores the question "What is?" and learns the meaning of truth in this story for early readers.
Miskwaadesi is puzzled about the teaching Truth. But she knows more than she thinks she does.
What is Truth, Betsy? is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family will look familiar to all young readers.
A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
Katherena Vermette’s The Seven Teachings Stories series is a collection of books that holds all the qualities children’s literature can have; her tales are educational, joyous, vivid, and have an irresistible cadence. But the stories have something more. Rich in culture and traditional knowledge, Katherena’s series addresses important topics—such as the residential school system—with the very teachings the series embodies: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.David A. Robertson, author When We Were Alone