Nelson Mandela – Kadir Nelson

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 960L
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061783749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061783746

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
This picture-book biography matches Mandela’s outsize achievements with large, powerful images, resulting in a presentation that will seize and hold readers’ attention. The front cover features a portrait of Mandela that fills the space. His pleasant but determined expression immediately projects a sense of strength. The title and author move to the back cover so as not to compete with the opening image. A stark graphic design incorporating black, green, yellow, and red, colors from the South African flag, on the title page helps set the stage for the narrative. Nelson’s paintings range from poignant, when Mandela’s mother tells him good-bye as he leaves home for more education at the age of nine, to exuberant, when Mandela and 100 men arrested for protesting apartheid respond by dancing and singing, to inspiring, when people organize rallies demanding his release. When freedom finally comes, “a colorful sea of people” celebrate. Mandela’s heroic struggle might be new to many children today, and Nelson’s dynamic treatment provides enough detail to give a sense of the man and to acknowledge his important place in history.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

Rational for Inclusion: 
This book celebrates the life and struggles of Nelson Mandela. The incredible artwork only enhances the poignancy of Mandela’s triumph. Nelson Mandela introduces difficult yet important topics to young readers, like racism, oppression, and incarceration. A beautifully meaningful addition to any library!

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