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Love Twelve Miles Long Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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In this, her debut effort, Armand focuses on the positive aspects of maternal devotion and a mother s dreams of greatness for her son. The full-page watercolor paintings capture the nighttime setting and depict a loving mother and child. . . . Share this with young readers as a series of homilies on dreams and a family love strong enough to overcome any adversity. --Kirkus Reviews

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

Glenda Armand is a teacher librarian in Los Angeles, California. This is her first book.

Colin Bootman has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children including Dad, Jackie and Me. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600602452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600602450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a winner on different levels. It's a beautiful story about a love of a mother for her son. It's a revealing look at how slavery tore families apart. And it shows a bit of the childhood of one of America's foremost writers, speakers and freedom fighters, Frederick Douglass.

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.
Vivian Kirkfield
Author - Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking
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Frederick Douglass, one of American history's great orators and writers, was born a slave. When he was sent to live on a plantation twelve miles away, his mother made this journey on foot under the cover of night to visit her son. This lovely picture book presents an imagined conversation between Frederick and his mother, who tells him about her journey to visit him. The paintings are nothing remarkable, but nicely illustrate the story. A short biography of Douglass is included in the Afterward. Recommended for Ages 4-8.
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This is a lovely story expressed in a unique way about a slave-mother's love for her child (Frederick Douglas) who has been separated from her and kept at a plantation 12 miles away. This is her 12-mile journey to see him and shows how she managed to persevere...one mile at a time. Wonderful and moving. This was an Amazon Purchase.
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Based on the childhood of former slave, author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, this new picture book by debut author Glenda Armand introduces Douglass as a young boy in Maryland, where his mother visits him one night every week, despite the arduous twelve mile walk from the plantation where she works in the fields. She explains to him that every mile represents something different, and she makes the journey go by concentrating on these aspects of her life during each mile of the journey. For example, one mile is for forgetting, another for remembering, another for giving thanks, another for love. Armand is a teacher and school librarian who was inspired to write this story by a comment in Douglass' autobiography in which he remarks that his mother told him he was not "only a child but somebody's child." More than a story about the brutality of slavery, this is instead of a story of a mother's deep love for her child, a universal theme that transcends Frederick Douglass' own story. In fact, Douglass was separated from his mother as an infant, and she died when he was a small child.

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.
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LOVE TWELVE MILES LONG
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.
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