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A Promise Is a Promise by Knister
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A Promise Is a Promise

by Knister

Other authors: Eve Tharlet (Illustrator)

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Originally published in German as Das verspreche ich dir (literally, "that, I promise you"), this sweet picture-book follows the story of Bruno, a young marmot who awakens from his hibernation one spring, and becomes fast friends with a sunny dandelion. After a season of joyful play, Dandelion asks Bruno if he trusts her, and upon hearing his affirmative reply, instructs him to blow as hard as he can upon her, assuring him that everything will be fine. When Bruno discovers that he has destroyed his friend (or so he believes), he is distraught, and wonders whether anything will ever be "fine" again. But a promise is a promise, and Bruno discovers that a wonderful surprise is waiting for him, the next spring...

Like the friend who recommended this one to me (thanks, Kathryn!), I was charmed by the fact that Bruno is a marmot, as I don't think I've ever encountered this particular animal as a picture-book protagonist. I liked the story, with its message of trusting in our friends, even when things seem bleak, and I thought the artwork by Eve Tharlet was very appealing. That said, I'm not sure that Bruno really looks like a marmot to me (OK, he doesn't look anything like a marmot to me), which is rather disappointing. Still, he wouldn't be the first anthropomorphized picture-book animal to bear little resemblance to his supposed species (Marc Brown's Arthur, anyone?), so leaving that issue aside, the charming illustrations in A Promise Is a Promise can still be enjoyed for their own sake, as can the endearing tale of friendship and faithfulness found in the text. ( )
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Bruno the marmot befriends a dandelion but when he blows her seeds away, he worries that he has lost her forever.

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