February is Black History Month--celebrate with award-winning artist Kadir Nelson’s tribute to South Africa’s iconic hero! Turning the pages, readers will discover striking double-page paintings of episodes in Mandela’s life, many with dark backgrounds or bold figures silhouetted against glowing light. Nelson’s rich palette of browns ranges from deep reddish-brown to chocolate and golden, with figures emerging from or shadowed in black. After portraying Mandela’s tribal beginnings, Nelson takes readers through his education, activism and, most poignantly, shows Mandela’s time in prison with repeated silhouettes of prisoners hammering rocks into dust. In contrast, the final two paintings burst into color. Sunlight strikes Mandela’s face as he greets multicolored citizens against an azure sky, standing at last as President of South Africa. Though images dominate the text, the words are evocative and poetic, giving young readers a sense of Mandela’s struggles, sufferings and hopes. An author’s Note adds more details.
2015, All ages
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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