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A Promise Is a Promise

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For all parents who have made a promise — and every kid who has held them to it — comes a cautionary tale from a masterfully witty pair.

George is a very lucky boy. He has everything a boy could want, except for one thing: he doesn’t have a pet. When George’s father finally sighs, "All right, you may have a pet," George goes out to look for one — but how is he to know that
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Candlewick Press
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Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens, pets
The only thing I have to say about this book is that parents need to think carefully about what they promise their children.
George wants a pet. His parents? Not so excited about the idea. But they allow George to search for a suitable pet. George brings home several animals that are unsuitable until he extracts a promise from his parents that if he brings home a bird, he can keep the bird. The bird he brings home has a bit of a vocabulary problem and George's father is not happy. However, "a promise is a promise" and George gets to keep the bird.

Cute, but the issue I have with this book is this: might children get th
George wants a pet, but his parents have reasons against each of the pets he brings home. When he challenges them, they promise he can have a bird, but when they learn the bird talks back and uses words like "shut up" and "nincompoop" they regret the promise they made.
This book could be used in grade 1 and up to discuss persuasive writing, communication and problem solving. It could start a good conversation about what makes a good pet. It would generate good discussions and practice with the co
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Age: 3-6
Media: watercolor and ink

A great familiar story when a child is getting a new pet or already has one. George finally gets his parents to agree to get a pet but he keeps bringing home animals that frighten or annoy his parents. When his parents finally promise that he may get a bird, George brings home a loud, talking parrot. The pictures work wonderfully with the humor and the movement of the plot.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
The illustrations are cute, but the parents are horribly wimpy; and that makes George one bratty kid.
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a guaranteed laugh out loud read aloud. I laughed out loud reading it to myself! Oh the pressure to get your child a pet. Be careful what you promise! Delightful.
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