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Desmond and the Very Mean Word - Cover
Desmond and the Very Mean Word
Desmond Tutu, Candlewick Press 2013
This biographical story about the childhood of the South African Nobel Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, reveals the power of words and of forgiveness. Called a “very mean word” by some boys while riding his bike, Desmond wants to retaliate to make them apologize, but he finds that fighting back doesn’t make him feel any better. With help from his priest, he comes to see the power of compassion and connection, a lesson that guides him the rest of his life.

Ages: Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book, Biography
Identity Groups: African, Christian
Special Topics: Activism
Strands: Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Global Awareness