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Grandad Mandela

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother 15 questions about the man they remember as Grandad, and the world remembers as Nelson Mandela, the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Edit: I've really started thinking about this book after Madiba' 100th birthday. I think this is a truly special book for a truly special man.

To any South African reading this - I don't care what your colour is, or what your stance is on farm or muti murders, xenophobia or your discrimination against the Chinese in our country - or any of the other problems our country is riddled with. Please, read this review and buy this book. We need to get over this race thing. Because if I see one more kid
[Shai] Bibliophage
Grandad Mandela is a cute children's storybook that will help parents and teachers to introduce the great Nelson Mandela to young kids. This 20-page book will also present to young readers about what is apartheid, colonization, and volunteering is. There are a lot of moral lessons that kids will learn from reading this marvelous little book, notably forgiving your enemies and standing up for what is right.
Grandad Mandela
Grandad Mandela
“Do you know what Ubuntu means? . . . It means, ‘I am because we all are.’ This is what we believe as African people: we believe in treating people the way we want to be treated. This is what inspired Grandad to fight for his people, and what helped him to forgive his enemies too.”

On this, the hundredth birthday of Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918), it seems fitting to show a new children’s picture book that tells a simplified history of the man, his life, and his legacy.

Two of his great-gr
Dave Schaafsma
Lincoln Books and Mandela Legacy Media join forces to produce a history book for kids to introduce them to some important world (and South African) history through a kind of biography of Nelson Mandela from the perspective of two of his grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene. who find a photograph of their grandfather and ask their mother Zindzi (Nelson's daughter) 15 questions, such as "Why did Granddad go to jail?" "Why did the government make him stay in prison so long?" "Were people happy when he w ...more
Rogene Carter
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous picture book at Mandela's fight for freedom told from the perspective of his grandchildren speaking to Winnie. ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
We need to pass the past on to our children, and this is a good book to help do that. A very simple picture book, with questions that the children ask about Grandad Mandela, that their grandmother tries to answer, which allows us to get our questions answered as well.

This book was written by the grand children of Nelson Mandela.

The pictures are bright and appear to be based on photographs, as that pose in the picture below, looks very familiar.

Good introduction to learning about other countries
Literary Redhead
A beautifully illustrated and recounted biography of the man who stood down apartheid, Nelson Mandela. Revealed through questions posed by his great-grandchildren to his daughter. A definite legacy of love, GRANDAD MANDELA was authored by his family to honor what would have been the 100th birthday of this great freedom fighter and spiritual leader. 5/5

Thank you for the ARC to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. Opinions are mine.

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Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Written by Mandela’s daughter, the stunningly illustrated picture book has her children asking about their grandfather. Nelson Mandela’s grandchildren then learn about the great man, the conditions he grew up in, and the change he brought about.
* Thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Grandad Mandela is a very important story about a part of history that we cannot forget. However, because it is told as two children asking about their great-grandfather after coming across an old photo of him, the explanations make sense for children of all ages. The idea of teaching a child what apartheid is is challenging, but grandparents are pretty good at taking dif
Carla Johnson-Hicks
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. 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 w ...more
The Book Girl
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Grandad Mandela was a sweet storybook for kids. It follows the life of the great Nelson Mandela. The daughter of Mandela is telling her children all the stories that she can remember of her father. She is also answering their many questions. I loved the question and answer format because you rarely see it in children's literature. The author somehow managed to add a lot of detail and story into a few pages. Also did it super flawlessly.

This is a brilliant way to introduce tough topics to childr
Wayne McCoy
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Grandad Mandela' by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela with Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela and illustrations by Sean Qualls is a book authored by the Mandela family and published to coincide with what would have been his 100th birthday. It's a beautiful way to remember a great man.

The story is set out as a series of 15 questions and answers from the great grandchildren about Nelson Mandela. The questions are the sort any child would ask: Why was he in prison? Did he ever try to escape? Were other people want
Amna Ikhlaq
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Quarto for sending me a digital copy of this book to review!

This is an enchanting read. Grandad Mandela is a picture book highlighting the life and vision of one of the greatest humanitarians in history. The illustrations are bold and contrasting and the language used is simple yet resonating. The exciting thing is that Mandela's life story is told through the words of his own family! They share the principles on which he was raised, the struggles he undertook and what we can do to
Karen Nelson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The children's Grandad Mandela is the story Nelson Mandela's life through the lens of his daughter. The illustrations are simply amazing. I loved the book, for the pictures as much as the text. The illustrations evokes a sense of Africa and it's beauty and culture.

This book would be perfect for elementary aged children, who are beginning to learn about different cultures, African history or simply leaders of the world.

I highly recommend this book to teachers for inclusion in their classroom li
Lin Lin
Zazi and Ziwelene's great-grandad is Nelson Mandela. To get to him more, they asked 15 questions to their mother Zindi, the daughter of Nelson Mandela. Zindi was only 18 months when Mandela went to jail. Mandela fought against Apartheid in South Africa and remained in prison for 27 years. After he was released, he continued to fight for equality of black people and the end of apartheid in South Africa. He became the first president after the Apartheid in South Africa, where people today still ca ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Mandela and his life.
Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela (great granddaughters of Mandela) ask their grandmother (Mandela's daughter) questions about Mandela...why did he go to prison? Did he ever try to escape? What did he do as president? Through these question and answers, the reader gets a glimpse into his life. My favorite part is the very end when Zindzi asks if they know what ubuntu means...ubuntu means "I am because we all are" and is a reminder that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. I love this co ...more
Dustin Griffin
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. The illustrations and the words.
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quarto Publishing for a free e-galley of this picture book! A sweet telling of Mandela's story that children will find both entertaining and educative. I loved that it was written from Zindzi's perspective and is so easily understandable from a child's perspective. ...more
Stephanie Bange
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of the late President Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, answers fifteen questions that two of her grandchildren ask about the life and philosophies of Nelson Mandela.

The Mandelas have chosen an interesting format to present this information: as a question/answer conversation that the children have with their grandmother in order to learn more about their great-grandfather.
Moriah Conant
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet and powerful story about Nelson Mandela and his legacy. This book is written as if Mandela's daughter was telling his grandchildren about Mandela's life. It is told simply in a way to help kids start to understand big evils like apartheid and segregation.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the read.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Grandad Mandela serves as a wonderful introduction to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, who brought an end to racial apartheid while president of South Africa.

The book is written as a conversation between the book's author, Zindzi Mandela, who is Nelson Mandela's daughter, and her two grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene. While the conversation primarily serves to structure the narrative, it also brings a sense of familial connection and pride to Mandela's story.

In order to adequately cover th
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a lovely history lesson of a living legend known worldwide for his message of peace and forgiveness. Nelson Mandela is that man and his life is retold by a question and answer session between his two great-grandchildren and their grandmother, Mandela's youngest daughter.

They learn that their great-grandad was held in prison for 27 years and the reason that he was placed there. He fought for justice and equality for his race in South Africa. The book highlights the struggle and brut
Classroom Kitty
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excerpt of a review was originally published on my website: Miss Jenny's Classroom

I don't actually get enough history books coming across my desk and I truly wish I did get more because I LOVE history. In fact it was history that really got me reading widely in my teens and beyond. When I was offered an ARC for this book I immediately said yes but I'll be honest: I didn't know that much about Nelson Mandela.

I know, that might sound odd, but I knew who he was and that he'd been impriso
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Giveaway winner. "Grandad Mandela " is a tribute to Nelson Mandela honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth. The format of this important story is Mandela's youngest daughter being asked and answering questions from her grandchildren about their great-grandad.Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and then went on to become the 1st black President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. The illustrations are also part of the message in this celebration of Mandela's life and ...more
Charlotte Jones
*Disclaimer: this book was sent to me for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Grandad Mandela shows the stories of Nelson Mandela's life through the lens of his daughter telling her children stories and answering their questions. Because of this format, the writing can seem quite stilted but I feel that the author managed to cram a lot of important information and messages into very few words on each page.

I think that this would be perfect for slightly older children than the us
Marissa Ebert
This book is about Nelson Mandela and tells the story of Nelson Mandela's life. His daughter tells her children about how Nelson was put in jail for fighting against apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela wanted everyone to be treated equally and you see his story through his daughter and grandchildren's eyes.

This is a great book that informs readers about the reality of apartheid and discrimination. It discusses how White people were taught through older generations and institutionalized rac
Ally Joy
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this w the children in honor of Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration recently. Mandela’s grandchildren wrote this, sharing their questions for their grandma about their Grandad and the answers they got. “Ubuntu means, ‘I am because we all are.’ Said Grandma Zindzi. This is what we believe as African people: we believe in treating people the way we want to be treated. This is what inspired Grandad to fight for his people, and what helped him to forgive his enemies too.” Beautiful colorful pa ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This biography is told as fifteen questions posed to Nelson Mandela's daughter by her granddaughters. It is tender, yet truthful, told in a meaningful and understandable way that a child could understand. It also effectively explains various terminology and concepts that are necessary in learning about Mandela and his contributions to history that a child may not comprehend. The illustrations are poignant and expressive. It is beautifully written by Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchildren and daugh ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, ebook, arcs
I received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This introduction to Nelson Mandela's life and legacy is a great way to start the conversation with children. The message and illustrations are both beautiful and important, and at the end the reader is left with a heartwarming feeling of community. The question-and-answer format of the story allows for a gentle and familiar avenue of discussion on the topics of apartheid, Mandela's life, racis
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Born in South Africa [in 1959], younger daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, she wrote her collection of poems, black as i am (with photographs by Peter Mugubane, 1978), at the age of sixteen.

(from Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby)

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