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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (3 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230013856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230013858
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 0.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,651 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Snorkmaiden on 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 By Elinor on 14 Dec. 2013
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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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By Rocio Castiñeira on 2 Feb. 2014
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I am the mother of four adopted African children and always looking for good role models for them. Since it is hard to find books for children in Spanish about black people that have done great things I buy them in UK. This is a great collection of books with some black people that have an impressive life full of courage and hard work. Far from the mostly bad role model presented on TV shows. It gives my children a great push to be who they want to be.
There are a lot of books in Spanish abut adoption, children's stories about multiculturalism, etc... But I just wanted biographies of real black heroes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eeps on 14 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lizmac on 17 Nov. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LB on 9 Dec. 2011
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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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