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Poignant, alarming, important, remarkable: all these words can be used to describe how President Obama made us feel about our sense of mortality, purpose, and security in this world when he sang "Amazing Grace" after the South Carolina church shooting in 2015. It was the most touching thing any President could do to respect and honor those who were the victims of, or affected by, the tragedy. Although it hurts (and some parents may elect not) to read this beautiful book, I urge as many as possible to share it with their loved ones, young and old. Ages 4 & up.
— From Jenna
About the Author
Zoe Mulford is a singer/songwriter. She is based in Philadelphia and Manchester, UK. Jeff Scher is an Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, animator, and painter whose work is in the collections of major museums. He resides in New York City.
"Following the 2015 shooting that killed nine African-American people at a Charleston, S.C. prayer service, President Obama read a eulogy before leading those gathered in song. When Mulford, a singer-songwriter, heard the president sing “Amazing Grace,” she wrote a song about the shooting and aftermath that was recorded by folk artist Joan Baez and animated by Jeff Scher. Adapted into a picture book, Mulford’s sensitive lyrics (“But no words could say/ what must be said/ for all the living/ and the dead”) accompany Scher’s wash renderings. . . . The title may well serve as a conversation starter . . . in discussions with children about tragic events. Back matter includes factual information about the massacre and biographies of the Emanuel Nine."
— Publishers Weekly