Love Twelve Miles Long

By Glenda Armand; Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
(Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600602450, 32pp.)

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

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Author Glenda Armand imagines Frederick Douglass as a young boy in 1820s Maryland, trying to understand why he can’t live with his mother, who is a slave on another plantation. During a brief, nighttime visit, Mama answers Frederick’s questions by describing what each mile of her journey is for—remembering, listening, praying, singing, and finally, love. Her strength to travel the distance between them is a poetic testament to the human spirit, showing Frederick that although the road through life is full of hardships, hope, joy, and dreams can grow along the way.
Mama’s faith and love set Frederick on a path to future greatness as a man with a determined and resilient spirit who escaped from slavery to become a noted intellectual, a highly respected human rights activist, an eloquent writer and speaker, and an unforgettable leader.
This warm and tender exchange between young Frederick and his mother will appeal to children of all backgrounds who cherish such bedtime rituals.

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 Black and African American experience. In addition to creating illustrations for children’s books, textbooks, and periodicals, Bootman enjoys teaching students and young artists. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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