The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy (Hardcover)
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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
"The President Sang Amazing Grace is one of my Preview selections for Fall 19. The first time I read it I don't think I took a breath. The second time, I burst into tears. I then decided it had to be shared with our Hicklebee's community."
— Valerie Lewis, Owner, Hicklebee's