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Nelson Mandela

By Kadir Nelson, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

This stunning picture book biography of Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson is a receipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor award.

In this lush, acclaimed book, award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of global icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela 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. Mandela believed 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.

Resources in the back include an author's note and a bibliography listing additional sources for readers who want to find out more.

  • Grade level: 4
  • Interest Level: K-6
  • Guided Reading Level: Q
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780061783746
  • ISBN 10: 0061783749
  • ISBN 13: 9780061783746
  • Pages: 40
  • Trim Size: 8.25 x 12.00 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Africa
  • Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them.”

Publishers Weekly (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."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A dramatic encounter indeed."

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."

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