Love Twelve Miles Long

Love Twelve Miles Long

By Glenda Armand; Colin Bootman (Illustrator)

Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600602450, 1pp.

Publication Date: November 2011

It's late at night, and Frederick's mother has traveled twelve miles to visit him. When Frederick asks Mama how she can walk so far, Mama recounts her journey mile by mile. Every step of the way is special, as it brings them closer together; and Mama passes the time by remembering, listening, praying, singing, and more.Set on a plantation in 1820s Maryland, this story based on the life of young Frederick Douglass shows the power of his mother's love. The faith she has in her son puts him on a path to escape enslavement and to become a champion of human rights, an influential writer and speaker, and an unforgettable leader.Expressive, candlelit paintings illuminate the bond between parent and child in this heartfelt story. Love Twelve Miles Long will resonate with children of all backgrounds who cherish the tender moments they share with those they love.

About the Author
GLENDA ARMAND is a former elementary and middle school teacher who currently serves as a teacher librarian at a middle school in Los Angeles, California. She loves reading about history and is passionate about sharing the stories of enslaved African Americans, "acknowledging the humanity and indomitable spirit of people who kept their souls and their voices, even in the worst of circumstances." Love Twelve Miles Long, a Lee & Low New Voices Award winner, is her first book.

COLIN BOOTMAN has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children. Born in the Caribbean, Bootman grew up in Trinidad and the United States. His artwork realistically and engagingly captures the rich nuances in historical and contemporary stories, with a special focus on portraying the African American experience. In addition to creating illustrations for children's books, textbooks, and periodicals, Bootman enjoys teaching students and young artists. He liveswith his family in Trinidad.