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Kids Fiction 1620
Powerful and Heart-Warming!
(Updated: April 08, 2013)
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5.0
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5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
This is one of those books that you find yourself thinking about long after you read it. This book is based on the real life experiences of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I read through this book first, before reading it through with my children. I wanted to make sure that the topic of the book (calling someone a very mean word) would not go over my children's heads. It does not. The book does an incredible job of making it known that Desmond was called a very mean word, but it does not go into detail as to what that word was. I really appreciated that aspect of the story because that makes it very easy to start a discussion on mean words in general, and not just specific ones.

Not only does this book do a great job of bringing to life how mean we can be to each other, it does an even better job of making forgiveness the center of the story. Desmond has to make the choice to forgive the mean boys. Desmond realizes that only he can forgive them, otherwise he will be upset and call them a name, and the entire process will just keep going.

As a mother, I truly appreciated how well the book focuses on saying mean things, and then forgiveness. What a wonderful discussion I was able to have with my children afterwards. What a great way to remember how our words can hurt others, and how even if we say them, saying "I'm sorry" can go a long way! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with this issue, or knows of someone who is.
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April 20, 2013
These lines really resonated with me, "Desmond has to make the choice to forgive the mean boys. Desmond realizes that only he can forgive them, otherwise he will be upset and call them a name, and the entire process will just keep going."

How true this is. What a heart-warming and pivotal book!
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