The Promise is by children’s author and WLT ambassador Nicola Davies. The book tells the story of a girl who plants trees all over the grey, run down city where she lives, at the same time transforming herself and her environment.
Some of the inspiration for the book came from another famous story, The Man Who Planted Trees, written by French author Jean Giono and first published in 1953, 60 years before the publication of The Promise. The fictional story of a French peasant who plants trees across a desert region of southern France had a huge international impact, inspiring real tree planting and encapsulating the spirit of the emerging environmental movement.
“I hope that The Promise will inspire a new generation of tree planters, because now more than ever we need trees - trees in cities to provide shade and inspiration, trees in forests to maintain biodiversity, trees everywhere to help soak up carbon dioxide,” explains Nicola Davies, who became a Trustee of WLT in 2014.
“Trees help us to reconnect with nature and to remember our place in the world. Planting a tree is a symbol of new beginnings and of a desire to make the future better than the present.”
Laura Carlin”s delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world. The original artwork was displayed at WLT Gallery in 2014.
Hardcover, full colour, 48 pages
For readers aged 5+