- Expected Feb 4, 2020
"Assisted by fellow Jamaicans Rousseau and Moss in her picture book debut, sprinter Fraser Pryce, a six-time Olympic medalist, relays her life from childhood until age 21, when she won her first Olympic gold medal...The tale...succeeds in conveying Fraser Pryce's autobiography in a compelling, conversational manner."
"Writing with Rousseau, Pryce offers a text that's accessible to new readers, repetition both underscoring her tirelessness and supporting decoding. Firmly outlined in black and opaquely colored, Moss' images complement this moving story while highlighting both Pryce's determination and the spirit of Jamaica, especially the support of a loving community (all depicted as black, like Pryce)...A solid addition to the early biography shelf."
Included in Publishers Weekly's African-American Interest Young Readers's Titles, 2019–2020
Included in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2020 Children's Sneak Previews
I Am a Promise takes readers on Shelly Ann's journey from her childhood in the tough inner-city community of Waterhouse in Kingston, Jamaica, through her development as a young athlete, to her first Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter sprint in 2008.
The story charts how Shelly Ann's commitment to hard work as well as the encouragement of loved ones helped her achieve her dreams against great odds and challenging life experiences. Most importantly, I Am a Promise encourages young readers to believe in themselves and to maximize their own promise to the world.
Assisted by fellow Jamaicans Rousseau and Moss in her picture book debut, sprinter Fraser Pryce, a six-time Olympic medalist, relays her life from childhood until age 21, when she won her first Olympic gold medal. Throughout the narrative, Fraser Pryce questions what people mean when they say she is "a promise," realizing before the 100-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that the promise, to herself and her supporters, is "to always be the best I can be." Part of the refrain ("I ran like a rocket") alludes to the world champion's nickname, Pocket Rocket. While Moss's cartoon illustrations sometimes skew sparse, the tale nonetheless succeeds in conveying Fraser Pryce's autobiography in a compelling, conversational manner. Back matter includes a selection of facts about Fraser Pryce, as well as a brief overview of her athletic achievements. Ages 4 8.