One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country's capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.
Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant 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 people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.
"A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "An extremely powerful picture-book biography of South Africa's first black president. It's a solid biography in its own right, but thanks to Nelson's characteristically stunning paintings, it soars." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A dramatic encounter indeed." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "This picture-book biography matches Mandela's outsize achievements with large, powerful images, resulting in a presentation that will seize and hold readers' attention." -- School Library Journal
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 4
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 2nd January 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 31.1 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.45