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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen; New Ed edition (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842704265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842704264
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 0.4 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author, published worldwide. She has written over 150 books including picture books, novelty, teen novels and poetry. She was shortlisted for the Whitbread for her novel Naked Without a Hat, won the Smarties Silver for Tadpole's Promise, the Nasen Special Needs Award for Susan Laughs and many more besides. Recently, she won the Sheffield for Who's in The Loo and is short-listed for The Red House Children's Book Award for Bottoms Up. Her novel Dumb Creatures is in production.
Jeanne has over 20 years experience as an advertising copywriter and has created T.V, cinema and radio commercials for major clients including Heinz, Mencap and British Gas (If you see Sid, tell him!) She has also written hundreds of T.V scripts including The Slow Norris, Dog and Duck, The Twins, Maisy (Best Script, British Animation Awards) Marvellous Milly, The Ark, Upstairs Downstairs Bears, Dr Xargle and The Wombles.
Jeanne Lives in North London with two kids, two cats, a rabbit, 99 tadpoles and a Bogbaby.

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"Unforgettable." (Guardian)

"Breaks the mould in form as well as content." (The Sunday Times)

"'Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally, this tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely and amusingly on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolour cartoons depict the edge of the pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love. . . Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance.'" (The School Library Journal)

"'It's terrific.'" (Posy Simmonds Posy Simmonds)

"'For nourishment of grammatical and contextual awareness, a perfect book for reading aloud is Tony Ross' and Jeanne Willis' wicked little love story - Tadpole's Promise. It starts eloquently and promisingly: "Where the willow meets the water a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes... and fell in love. She was his beautiful rainbow and he was her shiny black pearl." But then the tadpole promises the caterpillar he will never change thus ensuring the most captive of reading audiences as they watch the inevitable changes that unfold. The final gasp-making twist (student teachers have shrieked!) is all the funnier for being juxtaposed against such poetic language.'" (Alison Kelly Books for Keeps)

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The award-winning, unpredictable picture book from this best-selling author/artist team now available for the first time in paperback.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kathleen Maureen Bell on 6 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was a present for my little one and I dug it out to read to him in conjunction with the "Spring" theme his class is looking at at nursery.

I'm glad I read it first as I WON'T be reading it to him anytime soon.

If you have a sensitive, emotional little child like I have I wouldn't recommend the book. If however your son or daughter has a gorier, more mature sense of humour then this would be appropriate.

Not for us.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
As a teacher I have to pick new books each year for my class of 3-4 year olds. As I stood in the library van reading through books I just had to laugh out loud at this one - and thank my lucky stars that I am in a job where I get paid to read such books! I couldn't wait to get back to show this to all the adults in the room. Everyone expects a sloppy, happy ending & that's why it's so good. Any one with a sense of humour should love this book. The children love the 'nasty' surprise too. Excellent book
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Reynolds on 12 May 2006
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I read this book to my Reception class as part of our 'change' topic and promptly passed it around the school! It has lovely illustrations and a very sweet story with a great surprise at the end. It's a mini-tragedy, but the children adored it and keep begging for me to read it again. I would highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Sarah Anderson on 20 Sept. 2007
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I first came across this story when it was read to us at the end of a long day of teacher training. I laughed and laughed! Even if you don't feel you could read it to your kids (although I'm going to, have bought copies for friends too!)it'll bring a real happy moment to your own day. I also loved the way you turn the pages 'up' rather than across, a lovely, unique way of presenting a story
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Cartlidge on 15 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this book surprised my wife and I as much as our two year old when we first read it to her. It's now tucked safely under the bed until she's a little older, by which time she'll doubtless appreciate the humour in this gory little story. That said, if you're not sure how to introduce themes of death and predation to your little one then this is the book for you.
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Caroline:[...]

A rainbow and a pearl fell in love. The rainbow requested her beloved pearl, to promise to never change. Unfortunately Pearl was destined to break his promise, as he was a tadpole and his love Rainbow, a caterpillar.

Obviously not a fan of Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 ("...Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds..." ) Rainbow becomes increasingly distressed and peeved at the physical changes she observes in her beau each time they meet. Pearl begs forgiveness wanting only to be with his love.

Eventually her disappointment is such that Rainbow has to take herself away to nurse her disappointment, and cries herself to sleep.

Awaking from her sleep a changed caterpillar (literally, as she is now a butterfly), she decides to forgive Pearl and give their love another chance. Fluttering down to the water's edge she spots a lone frog.... and the fickle insect gets her comeuppance!

While you could say that this book is educational about transformation in nature and the food chain - I simply love this book for its black humour and I can't help but smile every time I read it!

My four year old, like many of her peers, went through a phase where she was fascinated with the idea of death. We had to watch a particular scene in The Lion King over and over again, answer questions about her grandmothers passing and had many meal time conversations about how farmyard favourites make it on to her dinner plate. Tadpoles Promise helped to satisfy some of this morbid curiosity.

If your child has a taste for the macabre that The Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly just can't satisfy then this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madge on 11 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book. I read it to my Reception class for the first time this year, and they love it too. Almost every time I read it it brings a tear to my eye!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Librarian on 29 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Try reading this to a group of adolescents in PSHE. "You said you'd never change". The poor boy (tadpole) just doesn't understand women.
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