The Life of Nelson Mandela
Publication Date: October 2002
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Walk the long road to freedom with Nelson Mandela—one of the 20th century's shining beacons of peaceful protest.
Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring figures in modern history. For 27 years he was a “prisoner of conscience”—a civil rights leader unjustly imprisoned for his struggle against apartheid, South Africa’s institutionalized racism. Mandela’s nonviolent fight for equality for his people rallied the world to his cause, and proved that good will and a positive gathering of nations can indeed topple oppressive governments.
Featuring bold, vibrant art, no other picture book so thoroughly covers Nelson’s entire life; from childhood, through his time in prison, to his later years. Mother and daughter Malcah Zeldis and Yona Zeldis McDonough have teamed up to create a moving tribute introducing Nelson Mandela’s “long road to freedom” to a new generation—a hero who helped free an entire nation.
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of eight books for children and young readers, including Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference, Anne Frank, and Eve and Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testament—all three of which were illustrated by her mother, Malcah Zeldis. Yona lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.
Malcah Zeldis is the illustrator of seven picture books for children. She is best known for her appealing and accessible biographies, including Martin Luther King by Rosemary Bray, Honest Abe by Edith Kunhardt, and Anne Frank.