Peaceful Protest: The Life of Nelson Mandela

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Walk the long road to freedom with Nelson Mandela—one of the 20th century's shining beacons of peaceful protest.Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring figures in modern history. For 27 years he was a "prisoner of conscience"—a civil rights leader unjustly imprisoned for his struggle against apartheid, South Africa's institutionalized racism. Mandela's nonviolent fight for equality for his people rallied the world to his cause, and proved that good will and a positive gathering of nations can indeed topple ...
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Walk the long road to freedom with Nelson Mandela—one of the 20th century's shining beacons of peaceful protest.Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring figures in modern history. For 27 years he was a "prisoner of conscience"—a civil rights leader unjustly imprisoned for his struggle against apartheid, South Africa's institutionalized racism. Mandela's nonviolent fight for equality for his people rallied the world to his cause, and proved that good will and a positive gathering of nations can indeed topple oppressive governments. Featuring bold, vibrant art, no other picture book so thoroughly covers Nelson's entire life; from childhood, through his time in prison, to his later years. Mother and daughter Malcah Zeldis and Yona Zeldis McDonough have teamed up to create a moving tribute introducing Nelson Mandela's "long road to freedom" to a new generation—a hero who helped free an entire nation.

Author Biography: Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of eight books for children and young readers, including Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference, Anne Frank, and Eve and Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testament—all three of which were illustrated by her mother, Malcah Zeldis. Yona lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.

A biography of the black South African leader who became a civil rights activist, political prisoner, and president of South Africa.

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Publishers Weekly
The daughter-mother collaborators behind Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference offer a clear portrait of South African leader Nelson Mandela. McDonough provides a straightforward chronology of her subject's life, noting influential individuals and events. At the age of 16, for example, Mandela participated in a ritual passage into manhood, during which a speaker told the boys that "their promise of manhood would remain unfulfilled, because all black South Africans were a conquered people-slaves in their own land, denied their freedoms and their rights." Later in his life, Mandela wrote that these ideas had remained with him, "shaping his vision of the world and his place in it." The author describes Mandela's extraordinary resolve and strength of character, especially during his 27-year imprisonment: "Although the guards and prison officials tried their best to break Nelson's spirit, they couldn't do it.... As a free man, he had been a leader, and a leader he remained, even while behind bars." However, Zeldis's electric-hued folk-art gouaches seem ill-suited to the subject matter. In particular, her use of artificial color in everyday portraits of Mandela and other black people (she gives them orange and red noses, yellow and orange facial lines, while white people escape similar treatment) is problematic in its resemblance to tribal face paint-especially when one scene does include a ritual use of face and body paint. The color mannerisms introduce a discordant element in an otherwise respectful and admiring book. Ages 6-10. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 2-5-This easy-to-read but engaging biography introduces the life and deeds of one of the 20th century's most important leaders. Born the son of a Thembu chief, Mandela spent 27 years in a South African prison before becoming the "first elected black leader" of that nation. McDonough focuses more on Mandela's early years and the development of his political beliefs than on his later life and briefer role as president. He is presented as a resolute student and family man who was determined to fight apartheid. Facts are stated simply, and the drama of his life comes through without sentimentality or rancor. For example, when discussing the effects of black protest on a portion of the white population, McDonough writes, "Soon people began to hear about Nelson Mandela; many of the whites who did grew both afraid and angry. They didn't like what Nelson was doing. They wanted the blacks to remain under their control. They wanted things in South Africa to remain the way they were." Zeldis's brightly colored folk-art illustrations reflect her subject's life and struggle with candid simplicity. When the illustrator depicts Mandela reclining in the cramped quarters of an unusually tiny jail cell, she clearly portrays both his physical discomfort and the greater injustice of his imprisonment. A hand-drawn map of South Africa appears on the endpapers. A worthwhile addition for all collections in need of accessible introductory biographies.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McDonough and Zeldis turn from Sisters in Strength (2000) to a leader of a different sort. "I have walked that long road to freedom," Mandela rightly claimed after his 1999 retirement from public life. This tribute follows him each step of the way, from watching his father sacrifice possessions and high status rather than acknowledge the authority of a white judge, through his growth into an iconic anti-apartheid spokesman, to his hard-earned triumph. McDonough’s lengthy text mentions Mandela’s wives and children, but focuses more on his principles, and the strength of character that carried him through his long imprisonment. In Zeldis’s folk-art-style paintings, he and the figures around him sport odd-looking orange or pink noses, but Mandela’s growing stature is clearly conveyed, along with pivotal events in South Africa. The journey ends with a final pair of strong images: in one, he poses with a crowd and a large ANC flag; then, he is seen walking alone down a rugged path. The appended chronology ends with 1999, so this inspiring portrait can also serve as an updated replacement for Floyd Cooper’s Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman (1996). (bibliography, pronunciation guide) (Picture book/biography. 8-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802789488
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/18/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of eight books for children and young readers, including Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference, Anne Frank, and Eve and Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testament—all three of which were illustrated by her mother, Malcah Zeldis. Yona lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.

Malcah Zeldis is the illustrator of seven picture books for children. She is best known for her appealing and accessible biographies, including Martin Luther King by Rosemary Bray, Honest Abe by Edith Kunhardt, and Anne Frank.

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