Look at the front cover?
The story is called The Promise.
Explore the illustrations first, before reading the story. What kind of feeling do you get when you look at the pictures? Why? Think about the bleak colours and ask if there is anything in the pictures to lift the bleakness, eg in the bleak grey city there is a hint of optimism and hope in the presence of the red bird.
What does it mean to make a promise? When someone promises you something how do you feel?
By looking at the cover, what do you think the story is about?
Reading and discussing
Who was the girl in the story? Why was her life difficult? Why was her life so grey and bleak?
The use of colour is powerful throughout this book. When we think about communities, how are we responsible for creating colour in our environment? What can we do to improve our environment?
The main messages of this story
The author, Nicola Davies, discusses her purpose for writing this book. Listen to her in the video below and discuss if she has been able to achieve her purpose.
What are the main messages we get from reading this book in how we should live our lives and how we should treat the environment?
Do our actions on the environment make any difference?