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The Promise

by Nicola Davies, Laura Carlin (Illustrator)

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I liked this book for various reasons. One of the reasons why I liked this book is because of the illustrations. In this book, the illustrator, Laura Carlin, does an excellent job of showing the reader what life was like for the girl in the story using dark and light tones of grey and black through the book. For example, the author, Nicola Davies, states, “Its streets were dry as dust, cracked by heat and cold…….Nothing grew. Everything was broken.” In order to show the readers what this town looked like, Carlin would draw tall, boring grey and black buildings to bring the feeling of empty and sad thoughts to the mind of the reader. Davies then talked about how after the girl had taken the bag of acorns from the old lady, she planted them throughout the town. Suddenly, the town seemed less depressed and became more cheerful and colorful as well. During this point, Carlin would start to paint the town using bright colors such as bright greens, yellows and reds to depict the town as being happier. Overall, this book was a great read. ( )
  Katelynbarnes | Aug 29, 2017 |
This book is about a lifeless city, and about a girl who is poor and steals. One day she took a bag form a lady and the lady didn't want to let it go. She let go of the back and made the girl promised to plant the. She did. She planted and planted and gave the city life. This book is a realistic fiction story. The illustrator used crayons, acrylic paint, and pencils. It is a wonderful story with hope. ( )
  tflores15 | Mar 28, 2016 |
In this book, a young girl living in a dark, hard angry city, tries to steal an old woman's bag. The woman holds on with "the strength of heroes". The old woman agrees to let go if the young girl "promises to plant them". When the girl opens the bag, instead of money or food, she finds acorns. Then she goes around planting them and bringing light and hope to people in dark places.

This is a beautiful story meant to be read to elementary school students. Hopefully, it encourages them to pay it forward and try to bring light into the lives of others. The illustrations are gorgeous and they change as the story goes on.

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Great choice for a read-aloud to elementary students as a way to teach that hope brings hope and bringing hope to others is always a good thing. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Wonderful story, beautifully illustrated (I would like a poster of birds in the tree pages, please... and the pages with the chickens.) Wrong to right. Bleak to beautiful. Choices. Promises. I love this book. ( )
  margothere.library | Aug 8, 2015 |
A girl growing up in a mean, ugly city discoverers a beautiful secret and brings renewal to her community.
  troberts719 | Jul 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763666335, Hardcover)

An allegorical tale of hope takes on new life in this stirring, gorgeously illustrated story.

On a mean street in a mean, broken city, a young girl tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But the frail old woman, holding on with the strength of heroes, says the thief can’t have it without giving something in return: the promise. It is the beginning of a journey that will change the thieving girl’s life — and a chance to change the world, for good. Here is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. In an exciting collaboration, author Nicola Davies joins forces with illustrator Laura Carlin to create a contemporary tale inspired by Jean Giono’s 1953 story, L’homme qui plantait des arbres.

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On a mean street in a mean, broken city, a young girl tries to snatch an old woman's bag. But the frail old woman, holding on with the strength of heroes, says the thief can't have it without giving something in return: the promise. It is the beginning of a journey that will change the thieving girl's life--and a chance to change the world, for good.… (more)

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