FICTION

The Promise Basket

Groundwood. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781773060897.
COPY ISBN
K-Gr 3–Parental love is a precious gift, especially when life becomes challenging. A mother and her baby daughter live in a very small room that they share with a very small mouse. As the little girl’s first birthday approaches, her mother is determined to give her a special gift despite their poverty. She discovers a beautiful stone on the beach, a basket that has been discarded, paper, and ribbon, and constructs a gift for her baby that includes a poetic promise. On every gifting occasion after that, the little girl finds a beautiful stone and another poem until she herself continues the tradition with her own daughter. A story about the resilience that a single mother can have, this book encapsulates what is truly important in a human life: love. Stylized illustrations created with watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and gouache showcase the emotions felt by each character in a manner reminiscent of Picasso. The mother repeats a four line poem in each gift she gives her daughter, changing the final two lines while keeping the first two lines the same. Though a medium length story, the repetition and intermittent poetry paired with illustrations that dominate the page make this book accessible to a wide range of ages.
VERDICT A lovely message of ongoing love even and especially in the face of difficult experiences

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.