This is a wonderful book! I cried at the end of course. I found it absorbing and definitely don’t think it’s just for kids!
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the famed South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, tells the true story of an experience he had when he was a young boy, when he got called a very mean word by another child. He was so hurt, and wanted to get even.
Father Trevor, his childhood hero and mentor, helped him through that rough patch, by talking to him about how he could feel better about himself and about others.
Father Trevor went on to become Archbishop Huddleston, one of the most important members of the South African anti-apartheid movement, and Desmond Tutu not only became an Anglican archbishop, but was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He named his first son Trevor.
Evaluation: This book not only suggests how to deal with cruelty from others, but shows that even great men, even future Nobel Laureates, at one time struggled with being hurt by other kids, and with learning the best way to deal with it. Young Desmond had a strong desire to get revenge, but Father Trevor showed him there was actually a better way to get free of the hurt he felt.
A. G. Ford adds to the impact of the story with his vivid and realistic oil paintings.
Highly recommended for all ages!
Published by Candlewick Press, 2012