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Groundwood Poetry

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    9781773062792 Fixed format, Kindle, $14.95 9781773060903 Fixed format, EPUB, $14.95
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: O Lexile measure: 670L Guided Reading Level: O
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Aug 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 30 $17.95 CAD
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    Distributor: Publishers Group West Supplies to: US Availability: Available On Sale Date: Aug 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 30 $17.95 USD
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The Promise Basket
By (author): Bill Richardson Illustrated by: Slavka Kolesar
Bill Richardson ,

Illustrated by :

Slavka Kolesar


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) K - 3, Grade (US) K - 3
Aug 01, 2019
$17.95 CAD


10.5in x 7.5 x 0.4 in | 0.88 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • Short Description
From award winning author Bill Richardson, a beautiful story about the love between a mother and daughter where a promise makes the perfect gift.

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:

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

BILL RICHARDSON, winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and former radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, winner of the Time to Read Award; After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award; and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Bill lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

SLAVKA KOLESAR has a BFA in visual studies and art history from the University of Toronto and training as an early childhood educator. She has illustrated Ulysse by Suzanne de Serres, Le Nom de l’arbre by Stéphanie Bénéteau and La Légende de Carcajou by Renée Robitaille, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She was the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club illustrator. Slavka lives in Fernie, BC.

[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. - Publisher's Weekly

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