Nicola Davies is a new author to me. This lovely picture book offers both space and intent, resilience and surprise, chill and warmth. I loved the mature innocence the author captures in her story. She has written a few other texts that have won accolades and awards. I need to seek her work out.
Short story line: a girl tries to steal a woman's handbag. With a promise, the older woman lets the young gal have it. The gal is surprised by what is inside and spends the rest of her life living into the surprise of what the bag contains. A promise made becomes a lifetime of living action.
Lovely, simple, intense, clear, hope from darkness, abundance from scarcity: what more can we want from a picture book? The Promise.