Nonno Mandela

by Zazi Mandela

Other authorsZindzi Mandela (Author), C. Cozzi (Translator), Ziwelene Mandela (Author), S. Qualls (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2018



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Gallucci (2018)


The great-grandchildren of Nelson Mandela ask their grandmother fifteen questions about the former South African president, from his activism work, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his time in prison.

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LibraryThing member krizia_lazaro
It is a story about Nelson Mandela told in uniquely through the eyes of 2 children asking about their grandpa Mandela. It was informative and contains complete details regarding Nelson Mandela. It also talks about apartheid. However, I found the storytelling a bit forced. Instead of curious kids
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who wanted to know more about grandpa, it felt like they were asking their grandma interview questions from school. It was too organized and the answers to the questions were a bit long and complicated. I also did not like the illustrations. It was drawn wonderfully but not catchy for children.
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LibraryThing member PardaMustang
Written by intimate family members, Grandad Mandela is a dialogue between Grandma Zindzi and her two grandchildren about their famous great grandfather, Nelson Mandela. Through uniquely beautiful art, and engaging storytelling, young readers learn all about Mandela and his fight against apartheid.
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There's even a bit of South African culture to learn about. Grandma Zindzi finishes up by discussing the concept of Ubuntu, which is like our 'golden rule’. Basically, treat others how you want to be treated. She also talks about volunteering. I do wish there had been some suggestions about how to volunteer, especially geared towards kids. Still, as a teaching tool for young readers, this is an excellent resource! My cubs and I read it together, and it prompted a desire to learn even more about Mandela. Highly recommended!

***Many thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
This history lesson in picture book form was interesting. It deals with Mandela’s grandchildren asking their mother about who their granddad was and why he went to prison, what he believed etc. I think the book is very successful in it’s points, and uses simple language to help kids understand
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Mandela and his life.
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LibraryThing member Carlathelibrarian
Grandad Mandela is a picture book that teaches elementary grade students about Nelson Mandela, African politics and how Mandela fought (without weapons) for his beliefs. Two great-grandchildren of Nelson Mandela ask their grandmother questions about his life which she clearly and directly answers.
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Because of the style this story is written in, it does not flow as well as some children's books do, but it is an interesting topic and should hold the attention of the reader or listener. The author was able to give a lot of information about Nelson Mandela, apartheid and the People of Colour living in South Africa in a short book.

This book is a good starting point for children who want to learn about Mandela, social justice and what they, themselves, can do to further Mandela's legacy. It can also be used when teaching about biographies and the various styles they are written in. The illustrations by Sean Qualls match the dignity and directness of the text. This is a great beginning to learn about Nelson Mandela and could be a great way to encourage further research. The one thing that the author or publisher could have added would be resources to find out more. I recommend this book for school and public libraries. The publisher, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.
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11.81 inches


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