Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I just read a wonderful Mother's Day book. The book is entitled Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Colin Bootman. This picture book is based on the life of the young Frederick Douglas. He and his mother are slaves and live twelve miles apart. After work, she walks the twelve miles to spend time with her son. During her visit, she explains to him the meaning of each of those miles to her. The first mile is for forgetting. Another mile is for song. One is for hope, and the final one is for love. The book truly speaks of the beauty of a mother's love and of its impact on a child's life. The book includes a brief afterword where it mentions how Harriet Bailey's love and belief in her son empowered him to escape slavery and become a statesman and abolitionist. This is a wonderful story and beautifully told.

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