By Alec Sokolow (co-writer of Toy Story) and A.D. Lubow
with illustrations by Mei Li
In time for the Olympics, order special pre-pub edition here.
Originally conceived for the Olympic committee, this true story evolved into a picture book and may yet turn into an animated short. While the book is being considered for publication, we are releasing a special edition to all who champion peace. In fact, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum is adopting the book for its new curriculum.
We are very gratified by the responses from so many VIPs:
“An amazing, beautifully illustrated story that covers all the life lessons and the TRUE meaning of the Olympic movement. It should be required reading for anyone who competes in a sport.” — Mike Teti, Olympic Rower and U.S. National Men’s Rowing Coach (currently training the U.S. eight for the Tokyo Olympics)
“See how two people conditioned to oppose each other can find friendship and respect through commonality. This is a must read! I am a better person today after reading After the Race!” — Florent Groberg, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
“This is a wonderful story spectacularly illustrated for children and their parents and grandparents. It creates a beacon of hope in these times of great division. In his compelling narrative Peter Bos highlights fierce competition, the power of friendship, an eloquent patriotism as well as a journey seeking peace. This is a truly remarkable book. If only we could see the world through our children’s eyes with the boundless wisdom of age.” —Admiral Mike Mullen, U. S. Navy (Ret.), 17th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff”
“Looking at Earth through my spacecraft’s windows reinforced a very important lesson I learned from rowing, one that is powerfully illustrated by this story. We’re all in the same boat and we move ahead best when we all work together.” —Captain Wendy Lawrence, member of first women’s rowing team at the U.S. Naval Academy and former NASA astronaut
“A wonderfully illustrated picture book…a poignant and timely tale of hope… a reminder to our human race of what really matters.” — Matthew Rhys, star of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and the hit TV series The Americans and Perry Mason.
“A beautifully illustrated story that captures not only the spirit of the Olympic Games but the broader meaning of sport.” — Mary Mazzio, Olympic rower and creator and producer of the widely acclaimed documentary, “A Most Beautiful Thing.”
“This beautifully told and illustrated true story shows how an emotionally courageous gesture can break through enmity and bring us together on the bows of our common humanity. The book teaches the lesson in a way accessible to children and would provide the basis for more wide-ranging history and civics projects.” — Elizabeth Allen, a distinguished educator who has taught children all over the world
“Reading this book made me sad at first, but then happy and hopeful. It was such a sweet book.”— Charlotte Almond, age 14
“This story reminds us that genuine personal connection can triumph over all…even over war: It’s powerful.” Admiral John Richardson, former Chief of Naval Operations