Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: picture book
What did you like about the book? This sensitive book examines a promise that reads like sacred text between a parent and a child. The mother explains what a promise is, different types of promises, the personal accountability of keeping promises and even the impossibility of promises. By the book’s end, Baby Bear demonstrates a complex yet realistic understanding of a profound promise by saying “I promise to be a good bear, most of the time”. The loving relationship of Mother and Baby Bear, captured in heartwarming iconic gestures and facial expressions, easily surpasses the written dialogue. If a family hopes to raise a child that has a core value of truth, justice and love, a wonderful starting point is David McPhail’s first learning step on “I Promise”.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? I deeply recommend this book to parents and grandparents that seek meaningful books to read to children that create opportunities to discuss complex values in an age appropriate way.
Who should buy this book? Parents, grandparents, preschool and elementary school librarians, family therapists.
Where would you shelve it ? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Date of review: March 10, 2017