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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

A Promise is a Promise

by (author) Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak & Robert Munsch

illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 1988
Category
Native Canadian, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550370096
    Publish Date
    May 1988
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550370089
    Publish Date
    May 1988
    List Price
    $7.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773212937
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $7.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773212944
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $19.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

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. 

About the authors

 

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak is an Inuit storyteller who grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat, Nunavut). During his childhood, his family traveled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of many picture books, including Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award.

He won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature in 2008.

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak's profile page

El reconocido narrador ROBERT MUNSCH ha escrito decenas de libros para niños, entre ellos: Paper Bag Princess y Mortimer. Él vive con su familia en Guelph, Ontario.

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Vladyana Krykorka has illustrated and designed over 30 books for children. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Toronto Public Library’s recognition of Baseball Bats for Christmas as one of the 100 best children’s books of all time. In the last two years she has conducted art workshops in several Quebec Arctic communities, working with Inuit teachers in the creation of their own books and class materials, as well as textile printmaking techniques.

Vladyana Krykorka's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“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

Librarian Reviews

A Promise is a Promise

This book, based on Kusugak’s childhood memories, tells the story of Allashua, a young Inuit girl. One spring day, she wants to go fishing on the ice but her mother tells her not to because the Qallupilluit, an imaginary troll-like creature living under the ice, might grab her. Allashua breaks her promise and meets the Qallupilluit. She is captured but is released when she promises to bring her siblings to the Qallupilluit instead. Allashua gets in trouble for breaking her promise to her mother, who makes her keep her promise to the Qallupilluit, but not necessarily in the way that they might like. An explanation of what Qallupilluit are is included at the end of the story.

Munsch is the bestselling author of The Paper Bag Princess. Kusugak is the author of My Arctic 1, 2, 3. Krykorka has illustrated all of Kusugak’s books.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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