I Will! A Book of Promises

Juana Medina. Versify, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-358-55559-9
Pura Belpré Award winner Medina offers a compilation of self-affirmations for young readers in this colorful picture book series starter. Each spread features a page with a hand-lettered “I will” promise against a bright monochrome background, with each opposing page featuring a corresponding illustration outlined in black lines. On one spread, “I will learn!/ I will/ explore!” stands out against a light orchid background on the left, while a light-skinned blond child peers through a magnifying glass at a ladybug on the right. The volume’s end strays from form, breaking the fourth wall to address “you” and drawing the lessons together in a cohesive conclusion. Digital art in bold colors warmly portrays a cast of varying abilities, ages, religions, and skin tones. An accessible guide to becoming a more compassionate global citizen. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 07/29/2021
Release date: 09/21/2021
Genre: Children's
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