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Mandela: From the Life of the South African…

Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman

by Floyd Cooper

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I definitely don't recommend this one. Cooper dwells on insignificant and outright boring details of Mandela's life and glosses over everything that is most important and interesting. The narration is more poetic than the more straightforward picture book, "Peaceful Protest" by McDonough & Zeldis, but to no effect. Yes, this one has beautiful illustrations and use of symbolism, but I finished the book thinking this is who Mandela was: a man who stood up for what was right, didn't like apartheid, was unjustly thrown in prison, and then became the first elected president of South Africa. Really, that's it. What's all the fuss? Good thing we had another book handy to get the real scoop. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Mandela was an interesting but difficult read. The illustrations are dark and relatively distracting. Given the scope of the text, dark images are appropriate but the actual text was difficult to read through full page illustrations. No information was provided as to the author's credentials. A brief bibliography is provided which includes an autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Additionally, a pronunciation key is provided. Overall, I had hoped to enjoy this book because of the story itself but the many detracting factors were overwhelming. ( )
  Jmoreeda | Feb 17, 2014 |
The life story of Nelson Mandela is told through this book. It starts at his childhood and recounts every major event in Mandela's life. It tells of the things Mandela had to go through in his life - both good and bad. A great biography if studying Nelson Mandela or studying South African history.
  LauraMcKinion | Nov 3, 2010 |
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A storybook biography of Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Cooper. The pictures convey Mandela's character as he progresses from childhood--he is the son of an African chief--through the struggle to get a good education in apartheid-ridden South Africa, to his days as an activist for the African National Congress, and then as the most famous prisoner in the world, ending with his election as the first president of the new South Africa. Small children will not understand some of the historical references in the text, so help from teacher or parent will be required to add context for the child. The book offers an ideal story for such interaction.

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Describes the early life of Nelson Mandela, his experiences as a young man living under apartheid in South Africa, his imprisonment and eventual realease to become president of his country.

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