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A Promise Is A Promise [君子一言,驷马难追]
A Promise Is A Promise [君子一言,驷马难追]
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Description

A Promise is A Promise is an English original, written by Robert Munsch. This story is based on a legend in the Arctic, created with the intention to protect the little ones from going too close to ice-bergs or too near to the shore. This is the chinese translated version. 

The Story 

A Promise is a Promise is about the Qallupilluq 水妖 [sea monsters], an imaginary creature that resides in icebergs. According to legend, the Qallupilluit are grotesque looking and grab innocent children who come too near the shore or stand too close to cracks in the sea ice.

Allashua, a young Inuk girl, disobeys her mother’s warning not to fish on the sea ice. She is captured by the Qallupilluit and dragged down to the bottom of the ocean. After barely escaping, Allashua must help her mother to trick the sea monsters in order that she and her siblings are spared their lives.

The Inuit created this story to assist in keeping their children safe particularly given the fact that Inuit families traditionally spent a great deal of time on or near the sea. Once the children read and learn about the Qullupilluit, they can make up their own stories to keep one another from danger and have the experience of creating mythology for the purpose of survival as the Inuit did.

Available in hard cover and in simplified chinese. There is no hanyu pinyin in the book. For reading to the child, this book may suit children of 5 up. For self-read, this book would be recommended for children of 10 up. 

If you are looking for storybooks on folktales, you can consider The Stone Soup [石头汤], a lovely tale about the strength that people possess when they work together. 

 

A Little More About The Author 

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has got a degree from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. He studied to be a priest but decided to work with children instead, after taking on jobs at orphanages and daycare centre.

Munsch's wife delivered two stillborn babies in 1979 and 1980. Out of the tragedy, he produced one of his best-known books, Love You Forever. This book was listed fourth on the 2001 Publishers Weekly All-Time Best selling Children's Books list for paperbacks at 6.97million copies. 

Munsch has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has also suffered from manic depression. In August 2008, he suffered a stroke that affected his ability to speak in normal sentences. He has recovered enough that he is able to perform live, but has put his writing career on hold until he is fully recovered.

Description in Chinese

《君子一言,驷马难追》
春天到了,阿拉舒娃想去海边钓鱼。但是爸爸妈妈不准她去,因为在那里的冰层下居住着喜欢抓小孩的水妖!阿拉舒娃不以为然,独自去了海边。不料,水妖竟真的出现了……

作者介绍

罗伯特•蒙施  著名儿童故事作家。蒙施1945年6月11日出生于美国宾夕法尼亚州,曾在美国取得文学学士,艺术、教育硕士学位。蒙施在1985年获得朱诺奖(Juno Award),1986年获得鲁斯•史瓦兹奖(Ruth Schwartz Award),1991年,他又荣登加拿大书商协会的年度优



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