Mandela by Floyd Cooper
From the Life of the South African Statesman

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For the first time in picture book form, children can experience the story of Nelson Mandela, from son of a tribal chief, to teenage ""troublemaker,"" to his inauguration as the first black president of South Africa, to the revered political leader he is today.
 

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When Floyd Cooper discovered children's book illustrating, he found a way to complement his career in advertising. An apprentice of Mark English, Mr. Cooper began his freelance career while still a student at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, he made his way to Missouri, where he secured a position at a greeting card company. Although Mr. Cooper was established in his position there, he felt somewhat stifled. He lacked the freedom and opportunity for spontaneity that he longed for as an artist and the joy that could be found in doing something that he loved. Determined to break out of the mundane cycle he found himself in, Mr. Cooper relocated to the East Coast in 1984 to pursue his career further. It was there that he discovered the world of children's book illustrating and was amazed by the opportunities for creativity it afforded. Mr. Cooper was energized. The first book he illustrated, Grandpa's Face, captivated reviewers. Publishers Weekly said of newcomer Floyd Cooper's work, "Cooper, in his first picture book, creates family scenes of extraordinary illumination. He reinforces in the pictures the feelings of warmth and affection that exist between generations." Illustrating children's books is very important to Mr. Cooper. He says, "I feel children are at the frontline in improving society. This might sound a little heavy, but it's true. I feel children's picture books play a role in counteracting all the violence and other negative images conveyed in the media." Floyd Cooper resides in New Jersey with his wife, Velma, and their two sons. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
 
Published September 9, 1996 by Philomel. 34 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A biography of Nelson Mandela, subtitled ``From the Life of the South African Statesman.'' Cooper (Coming Home, 1994, etc.) sets out a nearly impossible task, and in condensing a 78-year-old life, leaves out descriptions of torture, terror, and murder;

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Cooper's (Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes) poetic portrait of Nelson Mandela emphasizes the leader's lifelong commitment to stand[ing] firm for what he believed was fair and right. A

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The African leader's boyhood and education are the focus of this ""forceful, credible picture of a strong and deeply devoted statesman,"" said PW in a starred review.

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Cooper's (Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes) poetic portrait of Nelson Mandela emphasizes the leader's lifelong commitment to ""stand[ing] firm for what he believed was fair and right."" Appropriately for his audience, the author focuses more closely on Mandela's boyhood and schooling...

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