Sunday, June 10, 2018

Grandad Mandela by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela

A Tribute To A Special Man


- Nelson Mandela -



This story is based on questions and answers between Nelson Mandela’s daughter and her grandchildren after they see a picture of their grandpa.


“Look, Grandma! said Zazi. “We found a picture of Grandad Mandela. Can you tell us about him again?”


The questioning begins after Grandma Zindzi reminds the children that granddad Mandela was her dad and that he went to jail when she was eighteen months old.

She goes on to explain what her dad was fighting for. When she finishes the next question is:


“Did you like it? asked Zazi."


Grandma explains that white people's houses, schools, and hospitals were different than theirs. The homes, schools, and hospitals that they had were inferior to the whites.


“But why did the white people start making everybody’s lives be sad lives?” asked Ziwelene."


And this is the format of the book as it explains Mandela’s life through the eyes of his daughter.

What Concerned Me:
To be honest, at first, I wasn’t a fan of the question/answer format. But as I read the book a second time I felt better about it. I couldn’t locate the targeted age group for this book on the publisher’s website, but due to the format, I wouldn’t recommend it for the very young.

What I Liked Most:
This was a unique presentation of a very special man and his family. A great resource for teachers and a book that should promote discussions.

4 STARS
Illustrator: Sean Qualls

Publisher: Quarto - Frances Lincoln Children's Books

  • Ages: 6+
  • Pages: 40
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