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Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
This fascinating biography looks at the life of Nelson Mandela, placing his
awe-inspiring accomplishments in historical context for a new generation
to admire. On a February day in 1994, Mandela visited Robben Island,
a desolate rock where he had been held during his twenty-seven years as
a prisoner. Days later, he triumphed in an election that rescued South
Africa from the cli
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Kingfisher
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Michael Nimoh
Apr 02, 2014 Michael Nimoh rated it liked it
Keller's writes an inspiring story about a man that saved a nation and became the first Black president of South Africa. This illustration shows the reader that no dream is impossible if you follow your heart. This piece challenges the reader to examine there own beliefs about human rights and the fairness of any government. Nelson Mandala is that man showing courage even after being put in prison, beaten and giving many other painful experiences he continued the fight. I felt a sense of power m ...more
Roee Grutman
Feb 14, 2013 Roee Grutman rated it it was ok
Despite rating this book only two stars, it is a good read. This biography not only teaches the reader about Nelson Mandela, it also shows much about South African culture. This book illuminates how different yet similar South African culture is while narrating Nelson Mandela's life story. Two things can be taken from this book: A better understanding of the world and inspiration. Nelson Mandela himself was a remarkable man. His emotional and physical aspects are constantly challenged throughout ...more
Laura
Apr 06, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
A clearly-written and accessible biography of Nelson Mandela, written by the journalist who covered South Africa in the early 1990’s. Readers will find the bright colors and historical photographs visually interesting, if occasionally distracting from the main text, which is enhanced by anecdotes and personal interviews with Mandela. The references to primary-source New York Times articles, reprinted in an appendix, add another perspective to the narrative.

Summary: A biography of Nelson Mandela,
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Al_anna Smunt
Apr 16, 2010 Al_anna Smunt rated it liked it
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Tree Shaker
Bill Keller tells the story of Nelson Mandela and his fight to overcome apartheid in South Africa. The book is filled with color and black and white pictures depicting the information that you actually want to see, not meaningless supplementary information. There is also a comprehensive timeline in the back of the book that documents the trends toward apartheid and its dismantling, from 1650 until present day. What’s best is the biography is accompanied by newspaper articles to give r
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ISS Singapore
This fascinating biography looks at the life of Nelson Mandela, placing his awe-inspiring accomplishments in historical context for a new generation to admire. On A February day in 1994, Mandela visited Robben Island, a desolate rock where he had been held during his twenty-seven years as a prisoner. Days later, he triumphed in an election that rescued South Africa from the climate of oppression that had held sway for so long. By "New York Times" executive editor, Bill Keller, this inspiring bio ...more
Bella
Nov 05, 2010 Bella rated it it was amazing
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Samantha
Feb 06, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it
GENRE- BIOGRAPHY

This biography was very simply written, describing the life of Nelson Mandela and his journey through presidency and becoming a president. This book was illustrated with dated pictures to help give the reader an idea of what a certain "scene" or "episode" of Mandela's life was like. Starting from when Mandela was young, this book talked about all of the events of his life including his long term in prison and becoming the president of South Africa. To me as a reader, all biograph
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

TREE SHAKER is a very informative and colorful book written by Bill Keller, the Executive Editor of The New York Times. The entire book is written like one long article, broken up by chapters and festive with many colorful pictures.

It tells the story of Nelson Mandela's life -- from childhood to becoming the first black South African president -- and his impact on South Africa and the world.

This book was very informative; somewhat like a history textbook b
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Erin
May 15, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful biography based on the life of the famous and infamous Nelson Mandela. This book is written in a wonderfully approachable manner that would appeal to any young adult. I enjoyed the rich use of pictures and the manner in which Mandela’s history was told. The author never sensationalized Mandela, he told the story of an average man who was flawed but also willing to fight for his rights and the rights of his fellow South Africans, suffering the great expense of years behind bars. I wou ...more
Bob Beemsterboer
May 20, 2010 Bob Beemsterboer rated it it was amazing
Tree Shaker tells the story of Nelson Mandela from his early childhood to the present in a precise and colorful fashion. I finished this book in one sitting in just over an hour, and absolutely enjoyed doing so. In just over 130 pages, Bill Keller manages to effectively get Mandela's story across without all the fluff-it was right to the point. It did not feel like I was reading an encyclopedia article, which may bore some children. Keller made use of colorful pictures mixed with text with just ...more
Stephanie
Jun 29, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
TREE SHAKER is a very informative and colorful book written by Bill Keller, the Executive Editor of The New York
Times. The entire book is written like one long article, broken up by chapters and festive with many colorful pictures.

It tells the story of Nelson Mandela's life -- from childhood to becoming the first black South African president -- and his
impact on South Africa and the world.

This book was very informative; somewhat like a history textbook but with many colorful pictures and inte
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Jennifer
Apr 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 9-12
Recommended to Jennifer by: Anna, UW Bookstore
Colorful, DK-like illustrations and a compelling narrative make Nelson Mandela's story approachable to readers unfamiliar with the history of South Africa. New York Times journalist (now editor), Bill Keller, authentically illuminates more about the life and times of one of the 20th Century's most well-known statesman.

CIP: Biography of Nelson Mandela.

"[M]ore than the usual biography...authoritative account...stirring black and white photos...excellent back matter..." Booklist 11/1/2007

"Keller's
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Al_ryanleagre
If you are interested in learning about the basic information pertaining to the life of Nelson Mandela, this is a good book to choose. Middle school students and higher would have no problems reading this book. It's fairly short and has many pictures to help keep the reader engaged. However, it is difficult to get a glimpse of the real Nelson Mandela, the one behind the public image. I can't help but compare it to another biography, The Lincoln's - A Scrapbook Look at the Life of Abraham and Mar ...more
Al_ErinDickey Dickey
May 18, 2010 Al_ErinDickey Dickey rated it really liked it
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This book was very informative for me. My knowledge of Nelson Mandela was after he was released from prison, so it was great to see him as a child, teenager, and young adult. The action that Mandela took in prison was also new to me and quite phenomenal! I really liked having the pictures there as well, it was nice to see the men that he worked with. I think this is a great book to have on hand in the classroom. I could see a bunch of my students reading this instead of doing my classwork. :)
Rachelle
Feb 17, 2016 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! I have read Mandela's 'Long road to Freedom', which was long but informative. This version of events about South Africa's history of apartheid is great. It's easy to read except for a few areas where there is a lot of political vocabulary. Mostly though, it's informative and straight forward. I liked that Mandela's negative points were addressed as well his his positives so that he wasn't just made into a hero whilst forgetting his flaws and mistakes. Overall a great read ...more
Julie
Oct 20, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this for work and it is a terrific summary of Mandela's life and work for young people. Keller is a New York Times journalist, so the narrative is particularly concise & clear. It's sobering to think that Mandela was imprisoned when he was only slightly older than I am, and remained there until he was seventy-one. I don't think many of us could handle that experience with the dignity and grace that he displayed as the world's most famous political prisoner.
Meia
Jun 14, 2015 Meia added it
Written by Bill Keller, former executive editor of the NYT. A balanced, good read, and a good supplement to visiting the Apartheid Museum's special exhibit on Mandela (in Johannesburg). Probably appealing to all ages. Glad my mother was willing to part with it so the South African secondary students I work with can read it!
Al_norahughes
May 17, 2010 Al_norahughes rated it really liked it
Well written, beautifully put together- this book is simple and straightforward and a great book for the history of Nelson Mandela. From a young age Nelson had a passion for social justice. South African prison and apartheid only fueled this rage and passion. A good quick read- made me want to pick up his autobiography.
Ann Hartman
Feb 05, 2010 Ann Hartman rated it liked it
I was motivated to learn more about this remarkable man after watching Invictus...good summary of his life and achievements. There were a few disappointments in reading about him, primarily in his earlier, more radical years, but still came away realizing what a pivotal role he played in the history of South Africa.
Ben Lipper
Nov 27, 2012 Ben Lipper rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was quite boring however I respect him for his accomplishments. He stood up when no one else would. I enjoyed reading it because in all honesty i dont like reading at all; It was a nice change to read a shorter paged book with less on the page including pictures.
Molly K
May 04, 2010 Molly K marked it as to-read
I probably should have read this already, seeing as I have like 7 copies.
Alamoliz
Aug 12, 2008 Alamoliz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very colorful and interesting book about Mandela. Good for 5th grade biography book reports.
Kevin
Dec 19, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
A quick little intro to the life of Nelson Mandela and a good reminder of how very little I know about history.
Candi
Feb 25, 2008 Candi marked it as to-read
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Ages 10 and up
Umpalumpa
Apr 23, 2008 Umpalumpa rated it it was amazing
this book is about Nelson Mandela and his strugles in his life
Valeria
Wow! Nelson Mandela is my new world-changer hero! A must-read!
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Bill Keller (born January 18, 1949) is Executive Editor of The New York Times. Keller is the son of former chairman and chief executive of the Chevron Corporation, George M. Keller. Bill Keller attended the Roman Catholic schools St. Matthews and Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California.

After graduating from Pomona College in 1970 where he began his journalistic career by founding an in
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