A moving story about young Frederick Douglass and his mother, who walks twelve miles at night from a nearby plantation to visit him.
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 worked for many years as a teacher and school librarian in Los Angeles, California. She won Lee & Low's New Voices Award for the manuscript for Love Twelve Miles Long. Glenda loves reading about history and is passionate about sharing the stories of enslaved African Americans and little-known historical figures. She lives with her husband in West Covina, California. You can visit her online at glenda-armand.com.