by Kadir Nelson
Hardcover - In this picture book biography, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant free verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa, and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for all people, no matter the color of their skin. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.
An author's note at the back retells the story of Mandela's fight against apartheid in simple prose, and takes the story further, including Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize. A short bibliography lists additional sources for readers who want to find out more.
Catholic Education Week 2014 recommended reading.
The 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/2/2013
Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This beautifully illustrated book, with a phenomenal full cover picture of Mandela, will give younger readers a strong sense of who Nelson Mandela was and is to both the people of South Africa as well as the world. Through a combination of lyrical prose and beautiful paintings-illustration, Nelson Mandela's life is followed from his childhood with the Xhosa peoples to his education in Johannesburg to his rallies fighting against apartheid in South Africa. Mandela's marriage and imprisonment highlight the important years of public struggle as Mandela fought against the government and as others used his face and dedication to keep the issue of apartheid in the world's awareness. The ending of the book, showcasing Mandela's time as the new leader of South Africa, shifts into a straightforward prose section focused on somewhat higher level facts about Mandela that would help older readers and support their interest in learning more about Mandela. A beautiful and necessary book for any school library. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.