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The Promise

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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"The old lady gives the thief her purse, which is filled with acorns, and the girl realizes that she has made a promise to plant them all. She keeps her word and plants them everywhere in the gritty, ugly city, 'among rubble, ruins, and rusty railings.' As trees slowly start to grow, the people begin to smile, and they plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables "in parks and gardens, on balconies and rooftops." The illustrations turn to glorious full color as the world becomes a better place....A thoughtful book, told with simplicity, with a poignant message." -- Janene Corbin, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Nicola Davies
Illustrator Laura Carlin
ISBN 0763693030
Publication Date Mar 11, 2014
Publisher Candlewick
Language English