Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
A classic tale from two beloved storytellers!
When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape the Qallupilluit.
This 30th anniversary edition includes a new foreword from Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak that gives the story behind the story.
About the authors
MICHAEL KUSUGAK grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut).During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditionalInuit lifestyle. He is the author of seven picture books, including NorthernLights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award; Hide andSeek; My Arctic 1, 2, 3; and Baseball Bats for Christmas;and was co-writer of A Promise Is a Promise (with RobertMunsch). Michael Kusugak lives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
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.
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.
A Promise is a PromiseThis 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.