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Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand

Love Twelve Miles Long

by Glenda Armand

Other authors: Colin Bootman (Illustrator)

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Poignant, beasutifully illustrated story based on the life of young Frederick Douglass. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Based on a true story of Frederick Davis' childhood. A mother who is a slave on another plantation, walks twelve miles each night to see her son. Each mile is a reflection of her journey. ( )
  ydraughon | Jun 4, 2012 |
A touching story based on the life of Frederick Douglass. His mother details her 12 mile walk to visit him and explains how she makes it through each mile. My heart was touched reading this and seeing how difficult a time it was for mothers to be separated from children and the distances they had to go to visit with them. This book could be used for Black History Month, Mother's Day, slavery, or a number of other things. ( )
  destinymbruner | May 31, 2012 |
This is an amazing story story based on the childhood of Frederick Douglass. When Frederick was young, he and his mother were separated because of slavery. As Douglass wrote in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass:

"It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age. Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it, and hired out on some farm a considerable distance off, and the child is placed under the care of an old woman, too old for field labor. For what this separation is done, I do not know, unless it be to hinder the development of the child's affection toward its mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child. This is the inevitable result."

But Frederick’s mother was different. Whenever she could, after working hard in the fields all day, she trudged the twelve miles to see Frederick, and then had to walk back again to be ready to work at sun-up. It was her love of her son and dreams of freedom that kept her going.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful, expertly conveying the love and warmth between mother and son.

This powerful testament to a mother's love and a slave's dedication to the dream of freedom is not to be missed!

Note: Lee & Low identifies the interest level for this book as "Grades 1 - 6," but don't let that deter you adults from reading it. My husband and I both loved it and found it truly inspirational! ( )
  nbmars | Feb 3, 2012 |
This was a beautiful book. It is the story of young Frederick Douglas. His mother lived twelve miles away and walked to visit him. He asked her about each mile. She tells him the first mile is for forgetting, the second is for remembering, the third is for listening. The fourth mile is for looking up, the fifth is for wondering, the sixth is for praying, the seventh is for singing, the eighth is for smiling, the ninth is for giving thanks. The tenth mile is for hoping, the eleventh is for dreaming and the twelfth is for love.

If you want to know what exactly they are dreaming and remembering and forgetting then read the book. It is no wonder Frederick Douglas grew up to be the man he was. With a mother with such high hopes and dreams for her son he could do nothing less. ( )
  skstiles612 | Dec 10, 2011 |
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In 1820s Maryland, Frederick's mother, who is a slave on a different plantation, walks twelve miles each way for a nighttime visit with her son, during which she recounts what each mile of the journey represents. Based on the childhood of Frederick Douglass.… (more)

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