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A promise is a promise : story
Munsch, Robert N., 1945-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Annick Press ; Scarborough, Ont. : Distributed in Canada and USA by Firefly Books, [1988]

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
AD 600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 5535.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 09387 Guided reading level: L.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape and to further trick the Qallupilluit when she promises to bring her brothers and sisters back to them.

Author Notes

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. He has written over 50 books including Love You Forever, Mortimer, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, Moira's Birthday, and Put Me in a Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3 Contrary to her mother's advice, Allashua decies to challenge the Qallupilluit, an imaginary Inuit character who lives under the sea ice near her home. Taunting and jeering (``You have dirty noses,'' ``you smell like a dead whale,'' ``you can't catch me'') Allashua is pulled down under the sea. Only the promise of returning with her brothers and sisters as a gift to the creatures delays her end. Back home, she is warmed and saved by her wise mother, who tricks the monsters out of rtheir anticipated meal. The entire family is now free to fish on the ice because legend tells that children with their parents may never be captured, and a ``promise is a promise.'' Water color illustrations are pedestrian, with the exception of the Qallupilluit, who is portrayed deftly and with verve. The meter of the text is choppy; the over-use of so , and and but is distracting. Insult, fraticide, and trickery are the messages of A Promise Is a Promise . Nothing good comes of this tale. That's a promise! Reva Pitch Margolis, Norwood School, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.