Parents' Guide to

I Promise

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Inspiring pledges encourage kids to try hard, aim high.

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This enthusiastic list of promises encourages kids to strive to do well in school, play nicely, aim high, and be kind. The diverse kids on each spread of I Promise look like they're having a great time, trying their hardest, being respectful, responsible, inclusive, and curious. It's easy to get swept up in their positive energy, and Nina Matta's engaging, emotive illustrations help make the kids appealing and relatable. The many promises drive home the point that if you can commit to a goal, it can lead to success in school, sports, relationships, and life.

Some of LeBron James' rhymes are more approximate than precise, such as this one: "I promise to ask questions and find answers / to believe in next time and second chances." But that's a small quibble in the overall fun, kid-friendly reading experience.

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