Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
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May 14, 2019
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This stunning picture book biography of Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson is a receipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor award. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

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.

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great biography of Nelson Mandela, perfect for classroom or at-home learning
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NELSON MANDELA is a biographical picture book about Nelson Mandela. The book features a poem to describe the basics of his life and his role in ending the apartheid. The illustrations are very realistic and depict Nelson Mandela at different stages in his life along with the story. The book also does a good job of setting up context for the way in which his life shaped him, including the places where he was educated and the apartheid itself.

What I loved: The illustrations here are really fantastic and do a great job of bringing the biography to life. The poem contains basic information in a rhythmic way that will appeal to elementary school-aged readers and would be a great book for use in classroom settings. The end of the book includes a more detailed biography, which is also helpful for deeper understanding. This is a great read for elementary schoolers and would be helpful to understand Mandela and the impact that he had, alongside other discussions about social justice, history, and people who make a difference.

Final verdict: A fantastic biography that makes Mandela's story understandable for elementary school-aged readers, NELSON MANDELA is a great choice for classroom or at-home learning with great illustrations and poetic text.
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