I Promise I'll Find You

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Karyn Wellhousen, Common Sense Media
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Age-appropriate story reassures young readers.

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A child is lost.


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Parents need to know that some young children will be afraid of the subject but comforted by the happy ending.

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What's the story?

The greatest fear of every parent and child is to be separated from each other. I PROMISE I'LL FIND YOU addresses this fear sensitively, but without minimizing the feelings of anguish. Young readers will be reassured to know the lengths to which adults will go to find a missing child.


Is it any good?

The story of a mother searching for her lost child is told in first person in 11 rhyming verses, and the endearing message is one of unconditional devotion. There is great variety in the artistic style, media, and visual perspectives in Sheila McGraw's illustrations. However, similar features create continuity and, with assistance, children can find in the picture a small, featureless figure gesturing to his mother.

The author's message is about situations in which parents and children experience long, anxious periods of separation. This is clear from the book dedication and from a notation stating that a portion of the book's proceeds benefits child-locating agencies. However, the story is warmly reassuring to children who simply have a fear of being lost and to those who have experienced an unintentional separation from parents in a public place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being apart. Parents, reinforce to kids that you always will return to each other. Families also can discuss what to do if you think you're lost. What should kids do? What will parents do? How can you avoid getting lost?

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