The Promise by Nicola Davies

The Promise

Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Laura Carlin

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Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal The Promise is a story with a strong green message - about the power we have to transform our world - and features breathtaking design and illustration. A perfect book to share with young children. It is also a story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl's journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world. It is moving, touching, unforgettable.

It received a BolognaRagazzi Award Special Mention in 2014 & was shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014.


The Promise by Nicola Davies

In a mean city, on a mean street a young thief tries to rob an old woman’s bag. But she can’t have it unless she makes a promise in return – to plant them well. So she does and gets a bag filled with acorns.That is the beginning of a journey that changes her life and the lives of others that live in the city. The story touches deeply, no matter what the age.
Nicola’s writing emerges on the belief that a human’s relationship with nature is essential and that especially now we need to renew and cherish that relationship.


Nicola Davies’s tale of transformation is timely,compelling and beautifully told . . . superb Kate Kellaway, The Guardian

About the Author

Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale, Dolphin Baby, Bat Loves the Night and the Silver Street Farm series. She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Crickhowell, Wales.

Read more about Nicola Davies here.

Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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48 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014




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