The Promise Basket

The Promise Basket

Written by: Richardson, Bill
Illustrated by: Kolesar, Slavka
ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3

From award winning author Bill Richardson and highly acclaimed illustrator Slavka Kolesar comes a beautiful story about the love between a mother and daughter where a promise makes the perfect gift.

A stone when it’s thrown can damage, can break,
but nothing can shatter the promise I make.

So begins the poem a mother writes on a scrap of paper. She wraps the paper around a stone and places it in a basket to give to her daughter on her first birthday. They are poor, but the mother is determined that gifts will be given when gifts need giving. She keeps her promise, and the Promise Basket, too.

Every time there is a need for gifts, the mother finds a pretty stone to tie up with paper and ribbon, and gives it to her daughter in the basket. She continues the tradition over the years until her daughter has a baby of her own…

The love between a mother and her daughter is celebrated in this lyrical story from Bill Richardson, featuring colorful illustrations by Slavka Kolesar.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

From award winning author Bill Richardson and highly acclaimed illustrator Slavka Kolesar comes a beautiful story about the love between a mother and daughter where a promise makes the perfect gift.

A stone when it’s thrown can damage, can break,
but nothing can shatter the promise I make.

So begins the poem a mother writes on a scrap of paper. She wraps the paper around a stone and places it in a basket to give to her daughter on her first birthday. They are poor, but the mother is determined that gifts will be given when gifts need giving. She keeps her promise, and the Promise Basket, too.

Every time there is a need for gifts, the mother finds a pretty stone to tie up with paper and ribbon, and gives it to her daughter in the basket. She continues the tradition over the years until her daughter has a baby of her own…

The love between a mother and her daughter is celebrated in this lyrical story from Bill Richardson, featuring colorful illustrations by Slavka Kolesar.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Aug 1, 2019
Specifications 32 pages | 7.5 in x 10.5 in

Praise for Bill Richardson, Slavka Kolesar and The Promise Basket:

Manitoba Book Award — McNally Robinson Book for Young People: Younger Category, 2020

“[W]ith rhythm and repetition, the narrative mixes messages of unending maternal devotion with subtle allusions to life’s challenges… . Whether brought to a baby shower or given to a graduate, this story of steadfast parent-child bonds may become a perennial gift favorite.” — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Bill Richardson, Roxanna Bikadoroff and The Alphabet Thief:

New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids
NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

“A smart pick for language lovers of any age.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fun romp that lends itself to both quiety amused solo reading and boisterous read-aloud sessions.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“Sure to delight wordsmiths of all ages. A fun read-aloud that lends itself to curricular application.” — School Library Journal

“A small and hilarious picture book … Pictures and verses seem to tumble over one another …” — Wall Street Journal

Praise for Bill Richardson, Roxanna Bikadoroff and The Bunny Band:

“[A] rhyming story of theft, mercy and enchantment illustrated with quirky good humor by Roxanna Bikadoroff.” — Wall Street Journal

“This fun rhyming text is a great, read-aloud choice …” — School Library Journal

Audience ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3
Reading Levels Lexile 670L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2