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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

(2013)
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Based on a true story from Archbishop Desmond Tutu's childhood in South Africa, Desmond and the Very Mean Word reveals the power of words and the secret of forgiveness.

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 doesn't 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. Ford's energetic illustrations, this heartfelt, relatable story conveys timeless wisdom about how to handle bullying and angry feelings, while seeing the good in everyone.

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Hardback Editions

February 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Desmond and the Very Mean Word
Author(s): Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
ISBN: 1-4063-4391-9 / 978-1-4063-4391-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Desmond and the Very Mean Word
Author(s): Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA