A garden is a prayer. It is also a promise. In a Moroccan village, a Jewish boy and a Muslim boy are best friends. Jacob and Hassan play together every day in the cool shade of Jacob’s family garden. They take care of the garden together, watching the roses and the orange trees grow tall. When news of terrible things happening to Jews in Europe reaches their little village, Jacob’s family must leave Morocco. Hassan promises to care for their beloved garden. “While the garden lives, our friendship will never die," Jacob says. Years pass until, one day, the prayer of the garden is answered. Inspired by a true story.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||24|
Author: Fawzia Gilani-Williams
Fawzia Gilani was born and raised in England where she became a teacher. She is the author of many children's books and an international educational consultant with a PhD in children's literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. She spends her time in the United Arab Emirates, Ohio, and England with her daughter and husband.
Author: Bridget Hodder
Bridget Hodder began her career as an Aztec archaeologist, translating ancient stories. Then she realized she had her own tales to tell. She is Sephardic, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, UCLA and Vanderbilt University.
Illustrator: Cinzia Battistel
Cinzia Battistel has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. She is also an author of art books for children and has worked as a set designer of animated films. She also co-created a TV series for children.
“Based on a true story, The Promise is a difficult book to close…Leaves us hoping that we, too, can cultivate beautiful lives and peaceful days.”―Jewish Book Council
“Tender and heart-rending.”―Kirkus Reviews
“A welcome and unique story about Sephardic Jews that deserves a place on every library shelf.”―Association of Jewish Libraries
“Based on a true friendship, The Promise is a unique example of how diverse people form life-long bonds with mutual respect and admiration. A lovely, heartfelt story.”―Sydney Taylor Shmooze