The Reading Promise

The Reading Promise

by Troy Kent


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The Reading Promise by Troy Kent

One of the best and least expensive gifts you can give to your child is the gift of reading. This is the story of a young mother whose promise to read to her newborn becomes her legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620864043
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Troy Kent was a high school English teacher for over two decades. He is a graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Canada). Troy currently resides in Long Sault, Ontario. He and his wife Robyn have five children. He is also the author of the humorous and award-winning children's book titled Stinky Blinky.

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The Reading Promise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sherrill_Cannon More than 1 year ago
The Reading Promise is a lovely award-winning book by teacher/author Troy Kent, who teaches the value of reading to children in a wonderful way. It’s a story of a young mother, without much money, who discovers that she can give her young son a gift of love and closeness by promising …”I’ll read to you every night and end with a kiss.” As the boy grows, and begins to love to read on his own, she honors her promise by continuing to give him a kiss after he reads to himself at night, tiptoeing into his room to do so. Sadly, after the boy grows up, marries, and has a baby of his own, his mother becomes sick and passes away. He honors her memory by remembering his mother’s “reading promise” and continues the tradition with his own baby daughter. So the story, encapsulating a brief lifetime of sharing between a mother and son, becomes a story of continuity and the importance of reading to children by caregivers. It is a lovely gift to give and receive…and so is this book!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Reading Promise by Troy Kent is an adorable story of Daniel and his mother, Katherine, who used all her money to buy food and clothes for the baby. She felt sad knowing she could not buy any fancy clothes and toys for her son. Katherine joined a public library and she made a promise to Daniel that she would read aloud to him every day. When Daniel grew up, he loved reading more than anything else. Daniel became an adult, lost his mother, got married, and had a child of his own. He found the first book that his mother had read out to him and he did the same thing his mother did to him; he began reading books aloud to his little daughter. It's a heartwarming story that shows a special bond between Katherine and Daniel, and how she weaves into his mind the importance of reading books and how the circle of life continues when Daniel has a daughter. The illustrations are lively, vivid, and give a good pace and movement to the story. It will make an excellent bedtime storybook and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The book captures the struggles and financial hardships of a mother beautifully and also the importance of spending quality time together, and a mother's love and devotion. This story will touch the hearts of readers and this story will encourage children to enjoy the reading experience.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Reading Promise is the heartwarming story of a young mother and her son, Daniel. When Daniel is just a baby, his mother doesn't have much money. She worries about being a good mother, then soon decides to make her son a promise. She realizes books at the library are free. There might not be much she can do for her son from a monetary standpoint, but she can read to him. So while he is just a baby, she vows to read to him every night. As Daniel grows up, he and his mother find countless ways to experience the world through books. Written by Troy Kent and illustrated by Elisa Moriconi, The Reading Promise is simply wonderful. Vaguely reminiscent of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, this children's picture book is sure to tug at your heartstrings. Highly recommended for home and school libraries, The Reading Promise earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book will tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to hold onto your little one a lot closer and commit yourself to his reading growth and well-being throughout his entire life. This young mom, struggling with her finances, has a beautiful baby boy.  She finds it hard to just supply his daily living needs but knows in her heart the importance of giving him the gift of reading good books.   She commits to him that not a day will go by without her sewing into his mind and spirit the love and joy that is found in reading good books. She repeats to him often: "The day you were born, I loved you a lot, So I'm making a promise, here on the spot. My promise to you goes something like this: I'll read to you every night, and end with a kiss." And she is true to her promise.  Because of her lack of money she uses the library to borrow books for her mission of love.  She gets to the point where she can afford some books to build her little boy his own library shelf and yes, every night she fulfills her promise of reading to him....ending in a kiss. But as little boys do, they grow up.... The circle of life continues in that little family and the boy grows into a man, his beloved mom gets very ill and he eventually has his own precious baby to nurture and care for. And guess what the common thread is that never falters or fails? ....  the importance to install the love of books and reading them into your little one!!!   I really treasure the message and the whole vibe of the book. It seems the pages are overshadowed by a spirit of Love.  Not only is the story inspirational, it renders hope to the reader, because a committed promise of reading to your child every day (no matter what your money situation) is a blessing and a bonding between a child and a parent that transcends everything else and money cannot buy them. I highly recommend this book.