|Plan for the people : Nelson Mandela's hope for his nation|
Author: McDivitt, Lindsey
This biography follows Nelson Mandela from his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/21)
School Library Journal (+) (04/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/07/21)
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Booklist - 03/15/2021 This earnest, if overwritten, profile of the great peacemaker focuses not so much on his biographical details as on his fixed vision of South Africa as a pluralistic, inclusive, “nonracial nation.” Along with properly acknowledging that country’s history of racial injustice and its violent responses to protest, the author gives plenty of play not just to Mandela’s uncommon strength of character but also to his conviction that those who locked him away were likewise prisoners, “locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness,” as he put it, and so themselves in need of being freed and forgiven. As in his Steptoe New Talent Award–winning illustrations for Kathryn Erskine’s Mama Africa! (2017), Palmer employs vivid colors and vigorous brushwork that capture his subject’s charisma admirably. The audience-expanding back matter includes author’s, illustrator’s, and historical notes as well as generous multimedia resource lists. Rewarding reading for students of any country or culture afflicted with racial conflicts. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 2–5—Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. His mission to fight apartheid in South Africa was fueled by his passion for his people and the determination to dismantle an unjust system. Mandela's conviction led to the creation of the Freedom Charter in 1955 by the African National Congress (ANC). During his years spent in prison, Mandela struggled with the horrible conditions and missed his family. However, he came to realize that at the heart of apartheid was racism, and the only way to counter racism was through love and understanding. Mandela used his time in prison to continue his education, reach out to the white guards, and keep in contact (as best he could) with the outside world. His allies in the ANC made sure he was not forgotten, and he became the symbol for their struggle. As the South African government worked to maintain control, Mandela reached out to government officials. They were surprised by his knowledge of Afrikaans, their history, culture, and his deep understanding of the needs and anxieties of the South African people. Finally free at the age of 71, Mandela helped his country find its way to freedom and democracy. Palmer's powerful paintings complement this inspiring story of sacrifice and loss, devotion and learning, patience and hard work. Time lines, additional information about apartheid, and recommended resources are included. The author and illustrator notes provide further context. VERDICT Highly recommended for libraries that need titles about the ongoing global fight against racism. Mandela's journey makes for a powerful reminder of the ability to change.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elem. Sch., Smithfield, UT - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.