Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Short But Sweet Look at a Mother and Son

Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand, Illus. by Colin Bootman (Lee & Low Books, 2011, 32pp.)

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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