"What's a promise?"
When Baby Bear asks Mother Bear this important question, she promises her cub that she will feed him, play with him, and do everything she can to keep him safe. But Baby Bear has more questions: What happens if you break a promise? Can his mother promise that he will always be happy?
In this sweetly poignant story from celebrated artist David McPhail, a loving parent has just the right words for explaining that some things in life simply can't be promised--but family love is forever.
When Baby Bear asks Mother Bear to sing to him, she promises that she will later which leads into a contemplative conversation of what promises mean. As the bears make their way through a forest and meadow on their way back to their den, Mother Bear explains that there are some things she can't promise, such as that Baby Bear will always be happy. ("Your happiness will depend mostly on you," she says. "But I will do everything I can to help.") McPhail's lush naturescapes provide an expansive backdrop for the bears' intimate discussions and tender moments, which will be instantly recognizable to parents and children alike. Ages 4 8.