Nelson Mandela comes to life for readers in this portrait of a diplomatic man whose unwavering commitment to freedom and unity gained him both the Nobel Peace Prize and Time's Man of the Year honor in 1993. Born in 1918 as the son of a Thembu chief in South Africa, Mandela began his life-long campaign against white colonial rule while a college student. Read about his dedication to nonviolence, his role in the African National Congress, and his arrest in 1962 for sabotage and conspiracy. During his 27 years in prison, Mandela continued his fight for a democratic and free society, and ultimately was released and elected president of South Africa. For children, this is an inspiring story of someone whose hard work and devotion to a good cause pays off in the end.
Dramatic visuals and absorbing narrative combine to give young readers a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time. Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout. Time lines are used throughout to depict key events. The comprehensive presentation makes these books perfect for students assigned to read a biography.
"Striking jackets and an ample assortment of archival images .concise spirited narratives will pull readers into the story." Booklist
"These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders Volumes are illustrated with maps and many colorful photographs of the art and sculpture that give substance to years long past."School Library Journal
"This biography introduces readers not only to Mandela, but also to the political turmoil that affected South Africa for over a century. It begins with his birth, and covers his school years, his political ventures, imprisonment, release, presidency, Nobel Peace Prize, and retirement. Full-color photographs appear throughout and a time line runs along the bottom of each spread."School Library Journal