I Promise, written by NBA champion and national icon LeBron James, is an inspirational treasure. A variety of motivational messages from young children are shared with readers in the hopes of encouraging them to strive for greatness. “I promise to work hard and do what’s right, to be a leader in this game of life,” says one. Another pledges to get up and stand tall when she falls down, trekking on with courage and an attitude of resilience. Others vow to walk with strength in the shadow of defeat, with humility in the aftermath of success, and to believe in second chances. Still more commit to dreaming big and loving larger. All give their word that they will try to be their very best selves.
This is a gorgeously illustrated picture book ripe with meaning and ingenuity. It’s filled with vibrant colors and life-like images of young people of various ethnicities, which contributes to the cultural richness of the text. The sentiments expressed throughout are laced with wisdom, purpose, and positivity. This book shines with brilliance and would make a wonderful addition to any early elementary school classroom or library. The reading level is approximately second grade, although the content is ideal for children aged five to nine. If youngsters internalize even a few of the pledges made throughout this story, the world will be a better place.
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