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Remembering a Hero

We honor the iconic activist and empathetic leader, Nelson Mandela, who died December 5, 2013.

Nelson Mandela, words and pictures by Kadir Nelson, will appeal to all ages.  The amazing paintings depict Mandela from childhood to adulthood.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, abridged by Chris van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma is the official picture book of the bestselling autobiography.

Other books for children on Nelson Mandela:



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Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela grew up in South Africa.  He was one of the Xhosa people who had lived peacefully in the bountiful mountains and valleys until “their land was taken and their spirits dimmed” by people from Europe.  His father died when he was only nine years old and when he was 13 he went far away to the city of Johannesburg to attend school.  He became a lawyer and defended people who could not defend themselves.  He and others protested a cruel policy created by the government called apartheid.  “It split the people into three–African, Indian, European.”  Mandela wanted one South Africa, where everyone could enjoy freedom like that in neighboring countries.

He was arrested for his belief that things could be different and improved and he was sent to live in a bleak prison on Robben Island for many, many years. His children grew up without him.  People continued to protest. Finally the government agreed to change. “Apartheid was no more.  Nelson was an old man . . . at last set free.”

The people of South Africa elected him president.  He represents hope to many people.

Kadir Nelson has written a wonderful biography of Nelson Mandela.  His art and words represent without flaw the struggle and the hope of Nelson Mandela’s life .  Don’t miss out — check out this book!

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