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A Promise Is a Promise

A Promise Is a Promise

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover : 9781773212944, 36 pages, October 2019 , 8.0" x 8.0"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773212937, 36 pages, October 2019 , 8.0" x 8.0"
Hardcover : 9781550370096, 32 pages, May 1988 , 8.0" x 8.0"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781550370089, 32 pages, May 1988 , 8.0" x 8.0"
Rights sold: French, Inuktitut, simplified Chinese, Cree, English


When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape the Qallupilluit--the troll-like creatures her parents have always warned her about that live beneath the frozen surface of the sea. But the only way to break out of their grasp is through an exchange: Allashua can go free if she brings her brothers and sisters back to the sea ice instead. Allashua doesn't want to give them up, but what can she do? After all, a promise is a promise. 

A Promise Is a Promise is a collaboration between award-winning storyteller Michael Kusugak and celebrated children's author Robert Munsch. This 30th anniversary edition brings all of the tension of the traditional Inuit story to a new generation of readers. Added features include a new foreword by Michael Kusugak on his role as a storyteller and the importance of storytelling in Inuit culture. 


“A strong picture-book offering from Robert Munsch, even if it’s not quite what one would expect from this author. I definitely recommend giving it a try.” 

- The Lady Bug Reads, 05/17/19