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Grandad Mandela

Grandad Mandela

About the Book

Author: Zazi, Ziwelene & Zindzi Mandela

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Price: £12.99

Review

Last summer marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born. This book explore his story and legacy through the eyes of his great-grandchildren, Zazi (age six) and Ziwelene (age eight).

As they question their grandmother (Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi), we learn more about the man they remember as Grandad.

Published with the intention of sharing Mandela’s vision of equality and equal opportunity to a new generation, the book touches on difficult topics such as apartheid and police brutality with age-appropriate clarity.

Award-winning artist Sean Qualls’ illustrations are expressive and poetic, capturing the heartbreak and joy of Mandela’s life story.

The book ends on an uplifting note, encouraging children to help others in order to carry on Mandela’s philosophy of ‘ubuntu’ – ‘I am because we all are.’ This title would be particularly useful when exploring significant individuals in KS1 history, or looking at the impact of racism in KS2 citizenship.

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