Nelson Mandela


The cover image says it all about Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson. Yes, that is the complete cover, an image with no text at all. Checking inside, you find that all the illustrations meet the promise of this one. They are rich, vibrant and often emotionally charged.

The illustrations are powerful, but in contrast the text tells the Nelson Mandela’s story with quiet dignity. Nelson’s father died when he was nine, so Nelson was sent to school far from his family. The man he stayed with was a chief and Nelson learned about his history as well as how to be a leader. The book follows his struggles against apartheid and his lengthy imprisonment, until he was finally released and elected president.

Interesting fact:  did you know that Nelson is not Mandela’s real name? It was given to him by a teacher who would not use his birth name, Rolihlahla, which somewhat ironically means “troublemaker” according to the author’s note in the back.

Kadir Nelson is an award-winning author and illustrator and he is surely on track for more recognitions with this visually stunning and moving biography.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061783749
ISBN-13: 978-0061783746


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2 Replies to “Nelson Mandela”

  1. Kadir Nelson’s books always have such amazing illustrations. Looks like you found another perfect sweet!

  2. Looks like another winner from Kadir Nelson (uh oh, is his last name troublemaker?). I’m embarrassed to say I have really only surface knowledge of Mandela. Off to put this one on my tbr list. Thanks!

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