Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date: January 2, 2013

Recommended Grades: 5-8

Beautifully painted.  Inspirational.  This is the story of Nelson Mandela, a global icon.  In Nelson’s typical poetic verse and gorgeous illustrations, he shares the story of a young Mandela’s determination to change South Africa.   

Lesson Idea:  


Mentor Text, Civil Rights and Biography:  Read aloud Nelson Mandela as part of a unit on civil rights. Nelson makes the concept of apartheid accessible to young readers in this picture book biography.  This book would pair nicely with Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Consider comparing civil rights in America with the civil rights of citizens in other countries, such as South Africa.    

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review by the publisher.

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