Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

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Kadir Nelson has created a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to an icon of social justice.
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In this picture book biography, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, 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 by believing 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.

An author's note at the back retells the story of Mandela's fight against apartheid in simple prose, and takes the story further, including Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize. A short bibliography lists additional sources for readers who want to find out more.

This Coretta Scott King Honor Book supports the Common Core State Standards.


About Kadir Nelson

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Kadir Nelson is one of the most accomplished, award-winning illustrators working today. He won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. Kadir Nelson lives in Southern California.
Published January 2, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Children's Books.
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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Janice Durante on Jan 02 2013

Kadir Nelson has created a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to an icon of social justice.

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