Reviews for Nelson Mandela... and His Struggle for Freedom


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
This series of introductory biographies offers very young readers the broad details of these historical figures' lives and impacts. In addition to archival photographs, each simple text is supplemented by a running timeline; although many events on it are not mentioned in the narrative, the format is visually appealing. Overall this series provides decent jumping-off points for further research. Glos., ind. [Review covers these History Makers titles: Anne Frank and Her Diary, Florence Nightingale and a New Age of Nursing, Martin Luther King and the Fight for Equality, Nelson Mandela and His Struggle for Freedom, and Winston Churchill and World War II.]

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 April

Gr 2-4--This series profiles five influential people, chronicling their achievements and highlighting the circumstances that led them to become "history makers." The text is large, making it easy on the eyes. While the narratives are not especially exciting, they are straightforward, flow well, and have clear language and short sentences. The captioned color and black-and-white photographs are set against a muted color palette, and the design is clean. A time line travels on the bottom of each page, providing a quick reference. The words in the glossary are not set apart in the text, which might be problematic for vocabulary building. Nonetheless, these books provide solid basic biographical information, giving historical context for the subjects' lives while adding enough personal details to make the famous figures interesting and accessible to a young audience.

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