Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Laura Carlin
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Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014. This is a picture books of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world. The Promise is the 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.
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The Promise by Nicola Davies
On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman's bag. But she finds she can't have it without promising something in return - to plant them all . When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, this is a story with a strong green message. It features remarkable design and illustrations. It is lavishly produced with jacket.
... a book to treasure and to return to again and again, providing an inspiring, touching and life-affirming tale -- Catherine Larner BBC Radio Suffolk One of my favourite picture books of the year Jackie Morris, illustrator of How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes a powerful, moving and inspiring story to treasure Suffolk What would a world without greenery be like? Laura Carlin knows. This is her first picture book and it is superb. She plunges us into a haunting, hunted, feral world of greys, off-whites and beiges where the people have downturned mouths. The narrator steals an old lady's bag - expecting money or food and finds: acorns. You can guess the rest as she goes on a plantathon transforming roundabouts, abandoned parks and lifeless streets. Nicola Davies's tale of transformation is timely, compelling and beautifully told. Seeds for thought. -- Kate Kellaway The Guardian This is a most lovely book with which to inspire everyone ... Even the grey static city illustrated at the beginning has its own stark beauty, but by the end the pages are glowing with colour and movement Norfolk Library Service Holds up a mirror to our dying, degraded cities, and then, with a simple gesture, present us with a most beautiful and transformational resolution ... What is most profound about The Promise is that Nicola Davies takes a complex issue like urban decay, and shows us in simple, elegant prose the human cost - in a state of nature deficit, we cannot thrive... a deeply moving and gloriously illustrated book that does not shy away from scenes of despair, nor does it suffer from a failure of the imagination, like so many other stories with an environmental message. On the contrary, Davies and Carlin envision a brighter, more communal, and nature-abundant future, in the actionable now 32 Pages A story about hope, community and change. It sends a positive message about the power we have as an individual to make a positive impact on our surroundings... he book reminds us that it is essential for us to coexist with nature in harmony and balance, that the protection and respect of nature is crucial for the survival for all species on our planet Magpie That
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