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Love Twelve Miles Long Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Inspired by the childhood of Frederick Douglass, Armand s debut reveals a poignant conversation between young Frederick and his mother, paired with Bootman s arresting and emotive paintings...Armand s narrative smoothly transitions between each of Mama s preoccupations: I pray that one day we will all be free. And all that praying makes me feel like singing. Bootman (A Storm Called Katrina) deftly uses candlelight and moonlight to give his art a lovely iridescence, and presents intimate portraits of mother and son. --Publishers Weekly
...Bootman s beautiful, double-page watercolor spreads show mother and son together in the candlelit kitchen, Bailey as a strong woman at work in the cornfields, and finally on her long, tough, moonlit journey, during which, she tells her son, each mile is special... Starting with the boy s elemental question, Mama, why can t I live with you?, the words and pictures tell the family separation story in all its heartbreak and hope. --Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Colin Bootman has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children including Dad, Jackie and Me. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
As a former kindergarten teacher, I appreciate the peek into the past - the picture book format would allow even young kids to enjoy the story. As a parent, I love the way the mother explained how she spent the time each mile took to walk - forgetting her tiredness and aches and pains, then remembering her dear child, then listening, looking, wondering, and so on. The boy knows for sure, even though his mother cannot live with him, that she loves him more than life itself.
And the illustrations? Even with words, the emotions are plain to see. Colin Bootman has done a phenomenal job of marrying the illustrations with the Glenda Armand's excellent text.
I highly recommend this story for the schoolroom as well as home.
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The book is illustrated with beautiful watercolor paintings by Colin Bootman which capture the candlelit slave quarters with glowing light, as well as the quiet peace of the woods through which Douglass' mother walks on her trips.
This is not a picture book biography designed to be suitable for reports, although it could be used in conjunction with other books on Frederick Douglass for classrooms or homeschoolers. It is also well suited to be read on its own and could spark a child's interest in other aspects of African-American history. The book includes a brief afterword which gives additional details of Douglass' life after he escaped from slavery and his many accomplishments, including the fact that he gave his mother credit for much of his success.
By Glenda Armand
Illustrations by Colin Bootman
LOVE TWELVE MILES LONG is a story from the childhood of Frederick Douglas. The twelve miles refers to the distance Frederick's mother had to travel to see her young son. This is an intriguing look into the childhood of a man, who would later champion the oppressed in a land that valued freedom for a select few though claiming it was the right of all men.
Glenda Armand's work focuses on one night in young Frederick's life when Mama came to visit him. Frederick asks her why he can't live with her and Grandmama Betsey like he used to. Mama tells him she wishes he could, but it is not possible. When young Frederick asks if he could come visit her, she tells him the twelve mile journey would be too much for him. Frederick then asks how she can accomplish the journey if it is too much for him.
What follows is a moving journey that covers twelve miles of strength and faith. Mama tells Frederick that each mile is special and unique and this is how she is able to travel the distance to her son. The first mile is one of forgetting the aches, pains and labor of the day. The second is remembering her son. The third mile is for listening to the world around her and the fourth for observing the stars above. The fifth mile is for wondering about God and the sixth for praying to Him about the better days to come, days of freedom. The seventh mile is for singing and reviving herself for the rest of the journey and the eighth for thinking happy thoughts. The ninth mile is for giving thanks and the tenth was for hope - hope for freedom and chance to again be a family. Mama then tells Frederick that the eleventh mile was for dreaming the dream of freedom.Read more ›
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A beautiful and inspiring book! I love the realism and humanity of the art, just so special.Published 16 months ago by Midsummer
This is a wonderful book that my 9 year old son and I read together.Published 19 months ago by Melissa Prest
"This was a special night."
Great story about Fredrick Douglas and his mother, both slaves on different plantations. Read more