________________ CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 16 . . . . December 16, 2011

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I Promise Ill Find You.

Heather Patricia Ward. Illustrated by Sheila McGraw.
Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 1994/2011.
32 pp., pbk., $6.95.
ISBN 978-1-55209-094-7.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Christina Neigel.

**** /4

   

excerpt:

If I had a little rowboat,
Id row across the sea.
Id row, row, row,
And Id bring you back to me

If I had a little choo-choo train,
Id chug on down the track
Id chug until I found you,
And then Id bring you back.

At first glance, one would see I Promise Ill Find You as a small, unassuming work. However, it is a rare gem that needs to be fully explored to be fully experienced. With a simple promise, a parent braves the world to find her child. Each two page spread contains a single verse and a vivid visual depiction of her journey that takes her from the sea to the stars. Like the classic Guess How Much I Love You, I Promise Ill Find You captures the essence of the parent-child bond with wonderfully simple and symbolic imagery.

      Children will relish searching for the faithful dog and the child in each spread. Adults will melt over the sweet words and sentimental portrayal of the hunt. Sheila McGraws bright and whimsical interpretations of the world bring light and warmth to Patricia Wards simple rhyming verse. This creative team has taken the frightening experience of being lost into a warm haven in which children and adults can safely experience together.

      Ideally suited for young children, I Promise Ill Find You has the capacity to touch any reader. All preschool or primary level collections would benefit from having this book. Its clever design can actually appeal to a broad range of readers and emergent readers. It would also make an excellent book for new parents and, even, old ones!

Highly Recommended.

Christina Neigel is an instructor for the Library and Information Technology Diploma Program at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC.

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