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Long Walk to Freedom [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Chris Van Wyk , Nelson Mandela , Paddy Bouma
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Book Description

3 Sep 2010

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) is a true hero of our times, loved and admired across the globe. This children's book tells the story of his life, from his carefree days as an ordinary village boy to his unflinching leadership of the ANC, the long years in prison under the apartheid regime and his eventual freedom, ending with his extraordinary elevation to President of South Africa in 1994. The book is full of facts and information, which children aged 7 to 12 will find interesting.

Abridged by acclaimed author Chris van Wyk and illustrated by Paddy Bouma, the children's version of Long Walk to Freedom will inspire and fascinate, is great for the primary school classroom and will help children understand apartheid. Created with the kind support and assistance of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

'With a large, clear map, time line, and glossary, the astonishing story will grab kids, and the parallels with the U.S. civil rights movement won't be lost on the audience.' Starred, Booklist

'The writing is clear, providing chronological detail for even young students new to the concept and history of apartheid. Full-page, colour paintings accompany the text on every spread and depict crucial moments from the narrative in a way that both complements and enhances the story.' School Library Journal

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (3 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230013856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230013858
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A tale of anger and sorrow, love and joy, grace and elegance' --Daily News

'One of the most life- affirming books you'll read' --GQ magazine

'A truly stunning account of his extraordinary life ... A vivid testimony to an unusual mixture of courage, persistence, tolerance, and forgiveness' --Sir David Steel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Chris van Wyk was born in Soweto in 1957. He now lives in Northcliff, Johannesburg, and is a writer of poetry, books for children and teenagers, short stories and novels. He has won prestigious literary prizes and his work has been published around the world. His 2004 childhood memoir SHIRLEY, GOODNESS AND MERCY became a bestseller and was turned into a successful play.

Paddy Bouma taught Lithography and Illustration at the University of Stellenbosch until 2006, and has exhibited her work on numerous occasions. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books that have been published internationally. Paddy lives with her husband on a farm in the Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for classroom use. 1 Aug 2011
I regularly use this book with my Year 6 classes when we complete work on biography / autobiography writing. It is a very child friendly book, which used the first person effectively. It is full of interesting facts and information, which the children find very interesting, especially as most of them have heard about Nelson Mandela in some form. It is well illustrated, with an appropriate level of reading to challenge pupils in Key Stage 2.

The only thing that would improve this book, is if it was available to use with an Interactive Whiteboard in CD-Rom form. This would allow whole class shared reading, with annotations and highlighting of the text, instead of me have to scan the book page by page and then faff with combining the double page spread together.

This is a great book, which I would highly recommend to parents and teachers alike, as something that they can share with their children. You'll also learn something yourself by reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Childrens Version of Mandela's life 11 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
To be honest this title was pretty hard to review as its seen as perhaps one of the most important biographies of the 20th century, the tale of a man of humble birth who stood up for the masses against the few and lived to tell the tale.

As most people are aware, Nelson Mandela is a hero to many and this offering, full of beautiful illustrations brings his story to life for the younger reader. It's simplistic, it helps explains his story and of course its done in such a delicate way that it really is enchanting. A great offering from Macmillan that really will help endear this title to a whole generation demonstrating how morals and beliefs can change the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent abridged version 26 Dec 2013
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I got a copy for my twins early this year when it was clear that Mandela was not long for this world and I wanted them to be aware of the hugely important role he played.

It's a lovely book and his story is simply told, with bright illustrations.

It's suitable for a more able 7+ reader and of course needs an adult on hand to help explain and discuss the issues it describes.

My children enjoyed it very much and were therefore very interested in the news coverage of Mandela's death and funeral.

Highly recommended book for all young readers interested in history and human rights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for children 14 Dec 2013
By Elinor
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My nine year old was really interested in the book and read it in one sitting. I also sent a copy to his nine year old cousin and both her and her seven year old brother have also enjoyed it. The pictures make it very accessible to children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 17 Nov 2013
By lizmac
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I got it from the library for my 7 year old grandson, we read it together and He enjoyed so much I bought him one. He cn now read it to himself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long walk to freedom 14 May 2013
By Eeps
Great illustrations for the children to understand apartheid. Would recommend this for all children to read. An excellent example of an autobiography for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars long walk to freedom 9 Dec 2011
the item was exactly what I expected, and sent speedily so I was totally satisfied with it and the service recieved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book, it is too complex for my 4 year old to enjoy at the momment though.
Published 10 days ago by Laura Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Warming
Really enjoyed reading this book with my son Lots of information and things you wouldn't know about Mandela very touching Very good condition too
Published 15 days ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars great for children - just enough content
my son really enjoyed this book and he even choose to do a school project on Mandela after reading it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by L. M. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars epic!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!!!
What a good book really nice really enjoyed it I love the blacks screw racism and apartheid Nielsen Mandela is a hero
Published 2 months ago by bhgggg gig
2.0 out of 5 stars print issues
My son enjoyed this book but spoilt by the print overlapping which made the reading of it quite difficult. :(
Published 2 months ago by kmc
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and dramatic
I would recommend this for 7-13 year olds as I am 11 and going into secondary sc
hool, can get tense and a little bit frightening but you can say I'm a complete whose
Published 2 months ago by FEH
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and the effort of the book is amazing
I chose this rating because of the effort of the words and content!it is absolutely brilliant and tells u all about Nelson Mandela
Published 3 months ago by Y4b
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief and to the point
Well told in an easy and brief way using pictures that any child would be able to understand. Good way to explain to a young child.
Published 3 months ago by Pimpim
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book with a wonderful message.
A lovely book beautifully and simply written for children. I enjoyed reading this with my 7 year old who was saddened by Mandela's struggle for everyone to be equal. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne-Marie Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars pleased
the book arrived in the condition that I expected and was well in time. Thank you, it made a little girl very happy as she was touching that subject at school
Published 5 months ago by susanne mead
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