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Desmond and the very mean word : a story of forgiveness

Tutu, Desmond. (Author). Abrams, Douglas Carlton. (Added Author). Ford, AG, (ill.).

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Moorhead Public Library E T (Text) 33500010965374 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library E T (Text) 33500010965382 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 0763652296
  • ISBN: 9780763652296
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: While riding his new bicycle Desmond is hurt by the mean word yelled at him by a group of boys, but he soon learns that hurting back will not make him feel any better.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
    An actual event from the Nobel Peace Prize winner's childhood forms the heart of a story about the difficulties and rewards of forgiveness. Young Desmond proudly rides his new bike through the streets of the township when he encounters a group of aggressive boys who taunt him with a "very mean word." Desmond struggles with his own feelings of anger and retribution, but, after wise counsel from trusted mentor Father Trevor, finds his way to forgive. Writing again with Abrams (God's Dream, 2008), Tutu offers a clear telling that feels much like a children's homily, the earnest tone and clean language (the offending word is never mentioned) reflecting his own wholesome spirit. Ford's dynamic paintings, with well-defined outlines and dramatic light, match the clarity of the narrative. The images fill the large-trim spreads, capturing the immediacy of the conflict and the tranquility of the resolution. An author's note offers more information about the event, and the mentor, that inspired the story. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native South Africa. He continues to playan important role as a spokesperson worldwide. The co-author of God&;s Dream, Archbishop Tutu lives in South Africa.

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the co-author with Archbishop Tutu of God&;s Dream. His many books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in California.

A. G. Ford is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Barack by Jonah Winter and Michelle by Deborah Hopkinson. He also illustrated Goal! by Mina Javaherbin. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Subject: Forgiveness Fiction
Prejudices Fiction
Racism Fiction
Forgiveness Juvenile fiction
Prejudices Juvenile fiction
Racism Juvenile fiction
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