It’s been a beautiful week – my birthday was on Wednesday – filled with loving messages from friends and family – and yummy chocolate and colorful flowers from hubby and daughter and grandson. Oh yes…and lest I forget…more snow from Mother Nature…because obviously, we haven’t gotten enough.
Since today is Perfect Picture Book Friday and tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and because I’m participating in Carrie Finison’s Book Love Blog Hop and Kristen Fulton’s 52 Weeks of Charting Non-Fiction, here’s my review of Love, Twelve Miles Long.
LOVE, TWELVE MILES LONG
Written by Glenda Armand
Illustrated by Colin Bootman
Publisher: Lee and Low Books (2011 – New Voices Award Winner)
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: Mother/son love, slavery,
“This was a special night. Mama had come to visit, and Frederick’s stomach was full of the sweet ginger cake she had brought him. As Frederick sat on his mama’s lap, her warmth and the sound of her singing filled the candlelit kitchen.”
“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.”
Why I like this book:
- I love to learn about the childhood of famous people
- Lyrical text
- Engaging illustrations draw you into each scene – each face is illuminated and expressive
How a parent can use this book:
- Take a walk with your child using a pedometer so your child can see how long one mile is – I took a walk with my 6 yr old grandson this past summer – he still talks about how long a mile is and how tired his feet got – so when I read him this story, he was able to relate to what a big undertaking it was for the mother to walk 12 miles to see her son.
- Although the story is about the love of a mother for her son, it also gives young children a look at slavery and how difficult life was for families who got torn apart. When I read it to my grandson, he wondered why the mom could not live with her son. After my explanation, he said, “But that’s not right. They can’t do that!”
Every child needs a place to keep treasured mementos – help your child make one from an empty shoe box. Cover with wrapping paper. Decorate with family photos. We used this one to store Valentine’s Day cards.
Have you signed up for PB 14:14 yet? Please stop by Christie Wild’s website tomorrow where I’ll be guest-posting. I’m also planning to participate – 14 days of studying important elements, like plot, setting and character, in different picture books. So stay tuned for a flurry of posts from me.
And if you are looking for more picture book reviews, head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.