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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

I Promise I'll Find You

by (author) Heather Patricia Ward

illustrated by Sheila McGraw

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Jul 2005
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Classics
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2005
    List Price

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More than 300,000 copies sold.

A gentle, simple story that explores the fear of being separated from loved ones, always with the reassurance that "I promise I'll find you." A classic, thoughtful and timeless story.

A beloved classic that continues to reassure children.

I Promise I'll Find You is a moving story that parents will love reading to and sharing with their children again and again.

The fear of being separated from loved ones is a universal emotion. Consider a child who feels lost -- wandering away from home, becoming separated in a crowd, or feeling frightened in a new and strange place.

I Promise I'll Find You is a perennial favorite of parents and children alike; it's like a comforting hug, a warm lap, a reassuring kiss and the enveloping arms of a parent who pledges, no matter what happens, "I promise I'll find you."

In 11 warm and simple verses, Heather Patricia Ward delivers a timeless message of reassurance. Sheila McGraw's imaginative illustrations show a devoted mother and an amusing dog as they search the world over for a lost child: at sea, in the city, over mountains and even in outer space.

Together, parents and children will enjoy the gentle language and the calm, reassuring pictures of this thoughtful and important book.

About the authors

Heather Patricia Ward's profile page

Sheila McGraw is author of Painting and Decorating Furniture, Papier Mâché Today, Papier Mâché for Kids, Dolls Kids Can Make, and Soft Toys to Sew. She is the illustrator of the best-selling children's books Love You Forever, and Lightning Bug Thunder as well as author/illustrator of Pussycats Everywhere.

Sheila McGraw's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Being lost is a major fear central to childhood, but fears are soothed in this collection of 11 deceptively simple verses. The imagery is vivid--a mother or father rows a rowboat, rides a horse, drives a race car, or shoots through space in a rocket-ship until the child is found, brought back home, and enveloped in love and safety.

Ideally suited for young children, I Promise I'll Find You has the capacity to touch any reader. All preschool or primary level collections would benefit from having this book. Its clever design can actually appeal to a broad range of readers and emergent readers. It would also make an excellent book for new parents and, even, old ones! Highly Recommended.

Canadian Review of Materials

A child's fear of being lost or separated is handled beautifully with colorful pastel illustrations and gentle rhymes.

San Diego Union Tribute

The greatest fear of every parent and child is to be separated from each other. I Promise I'll Find You addresses this fear sensitively, but without minimizing the feelings of anguish. Young readers will be reassured to know the lengths to which adults will go to find a missing child. The story of a mother searching for her lost child is told in first person in 11 rhyming verses. The endearing message is one of unconditional devotion. There is great variety in the artistic style, media, and visual perspectives in Sheila McGraw's illustrations. However, similar features create continuity and, with assistance, children can find in the picture a small, featureless figure gesturing to his mother. The author's message is about situations in which parents and children experience long, anxious periods of separation.... However, the story is warmly reassuring to children who simply have a fear of being lost and to those who have experienced an unintentional separation from parents in a public place.


Reassuring... the text is complemented by action-packed illustrations in warm, vibrant colors.

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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