A Promise Is a Promiseby Robert N. Munsch, Michael Kusugak, Vladyana Krykorka
Despite her mother's warnings, Allashua goes fishing on the sea ice where the dreaded underwater trolls drag her beneath the floes.
School Library JournalGr 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.
- Firefly Books, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Promise Is a Promise based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This cautionary folktale from the far north is a perennial favorite of Kinders through third graders. It has been voted #1 during Love of Reading Week.
I was surprised by the review of this book by Riva Pitch (listed below) given my students' reaction to this tale. I find this tale to be charming and the message of 'a promise is a promise' is one that my students and I repeat. Perhaps it is because we were studying the Inuit and Eskimo people while we read this story that we all enjoyed it so much. This tale of the children being able to outwit the Inuit version of 'boogy men' was fun for my students and I would recommend it. I found it to be a wonderful mulicultural connection for my students.