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Created: 14th August, 2015

The Promise

Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Laura Carlin
Publisher: Walker

A girl who is hardened by the harsh urban environment that surrounds her is transformed into a guerrilla gardener by the unexpected booty resulting from a mugging. The burgeoning wildlife opens up people’s hearts and minds and the girl moves on to multiply the magic.

In spare poetic prose, Nicola Davies has fashioned a variation on the myth of the Green Man for a modern age. Laura Carlin has drawn absorbing grey and brown cityscapes which gradually become permeated with brightly coloured birds and flowers as the girl plants ‘among rubble, ruins and rusty railings, by train tracks, tramlines and traffic lights’.

 

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