Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book: Everything! This is a must have for every elementary school and child with rhyming text and uplifting digitally created illustrations to teach life lessons. A wonderful book full of so many amazing things- messages to improve lives and achieve goals; a diverse range of kids; colorful, detailed, and inspiring pages; positive affirmations from end page to end page to remind us that nothing is given, everything is earned; and the game of basketball is beautifully integrated.
“We are family.” “I promise to be the best version of me.” “#StriveForGreatness”
NBA Champion, LeBron James and bestselling illustrator, Nina Mata, are a team extraordinaire. LeBron’s inspiration for the story comes from his I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio. At the back of the book is a note from James and a set of Promises for readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A sure fire winner read aloud for the beginning of a school year, growth mindset discussion, a youth sports team inspiring story to share. Families should read it together too! It would make for a great graduation or birthday gift.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, day cares, elementary schools, home and public libraries
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: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA
Date of review: October 19, 2020