Grandad Mandela

Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

Review

This insightful non-fiction picture book recounts the life of Nelson Mandela through the eyes of his great-grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene, as they ask their grandmother (Mandela’s daughter) a series of questions about him. Young readers will learn that apartheid created a division between black and white South Africans, and Nelson Mandela, who believed passionately in racial equality, was imprisoned for opposing the unfair regime.

The book reveals how people from all over the world campaigned for his release, and he was finally freed after 27 years of incarceration. It describes how, after being elected as the first black president of South Africa, he worked tirelessly with his opponents to help create a fairer society, where homes, schools and hospitals were equally accessible to everyone, regardless of their racial heritage.

Endorsed by the Mandela family, this uplifting tale, with distinctive mixed media illustrations, introduces a key historical figure to a new generation, ensuring his legacy of justice, fairness and equality lives on.

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