Once there was a little ant that made a big promise…

Once there was a little ant, who always worked very hard…

… one day she had an idea.

So, she decided to call all her brothers and sisters to share this idea.

She thought to ask her mum and dad for a whole day of rest, but winter was coming soon, and there was much work to be done.

In order to get a day of rest, the little ant Chloe made a big promise.

Author & Illustrator: Barbara Panetta
ISBN: 978-1-8380547-2-4
Published: 2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 210 x 210 mm

Chloe’s Promise is a book for children of three years old and above.

The story is about a little ant named Chloe, and her brothers, who are very busy collecting food for the winter. On a sunny day, while watching all their insect friends playing, the little ants wish they could have a break to join them and have some fun together. However, they need permission from their parents. Chloe is the one who decides to ask their Mum and Dad for a day of freedom and, in doing so, she and her brothers make a very important promise.

Chloe’s Promise is a simple story, which highlights the following important themes: respect, discipline, family, and integrity.

This story aims to communicate important values to young readers, such as self-discipline and the importance of keeping promises.

PLEBU worked together with children’s psychologist Giovanna Campolo to ensure that the words used and the moral is appropriate for children of three years and above.

Chloe’s Promise intends to capture the imagination of the young reader, as well as providing a strong educational message, in fact the main focus of Chloe’s Promise is the dynamic relationship between adults and young children, and the ways in which they both learn to trust and respect each other and the choices they make.

Through the illustrations and the use of simple language, children can identify with the main characters, comparing themselves to small, hard-working, determined, and disciplined ants.

This book is illustrated and painted using water colour rather than digital processing to keep it as simple as possible. The spots of colour in most of the pages, which give the impression of an unfinished work, is the specific intention of the graphic designer, to share the idea that nothing is perfect with readers.

Chloe’s Promise does not seek to be perfect, neither in the overall finished page, nor in the beauty of the single characters, but focuses on joyful expression as a statement of inner personal beauty beyond the superficial visual appearance.