One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country's capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.
Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant 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 people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.
About the Author
Kadir Nelson is the talented author and illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, including Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, and Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange. Known for the emotion his art conveys, Nelson says: "My work is all about healing and giving people a sense of hope and nobility. I want to show the strength and integrity of the human being and the human spirit." He lives in San Diego, California.
Praise for Nelson Mandela…
“A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“.An extremely powerful picture-book biography of South Africa’s first black president. It’s a solid biography in its own right, but thanks to Nelson’s characteristically stunning paintings, it soars.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)