Desmond and the Very Mean Word

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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

authors: Desmond Tutu; Douglas Carlton Abrams
illustrator: AG Ford

Features an audio read-along read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. When Desmond takes his new bicycle out for a ride through his neighborhood, his pride and joy turn to hurt and anger when a group of boys shout a very mean word at him. He first responds by shouting an insult, but soon discovers that fighting back with mean words doesnít make him feel any better. With the help of kindly Father Trevor, Desmond comes to understand his conflicted feelings and see that all people deserve compassion, whether or not they say they are sorry. Brought to vivid life in A. G. Fordís energetic illustrations, this heartfelt, relatable story conveys timeless wisdom about how to handle bullying and angry feelings, while seeing the good in everyone.

Based on a true story from Archbishop Desmond Tutuís childhood in South Africa, Desmond and the Very Mean Word reveals the power of words and the secret of forgiveness.
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$9.99 / $0.00
0763667978 /  9780763667979
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Picture Book Fiction / EBook
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Africa; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He also served as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, from 1986 until 1996. In 1995, former South African President Nelson Mandela asked him to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which became a model of national forgiveness and coexistence. Archbishop Tutu co-authored God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time and is the author of Desmond and the Very Mean Word.

Douglas Carlton Abrams is the co-author with Archbishop Tutu of Godís Dream. His many books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in California.
illustrator’s comments:
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 The Colony,Texas.
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