Madiba Day and a GiveAway for our Readers…

Today is Madiba’s birthday, and a cause for great celebration in South Africa,


Traditionally South African’s spend 67 minutes doing community service or volunteering on Madiba Day and as a family we usually spend the day painting a mural or planting trees… something that all folk will enjoy doing. Today we helped our friends at Sport Science Institute of South Africa painting murals and playing with primary school kids. We had so much fun and as my kids said, “Why do folk only do this once a year?”

Apart from Madiba Day it also appears to be book season, and last week I attended the latest greatest reads presentation from Jonathan Ball Publishers and one of the books on display was an illustrated biography of Madiba… It is absolutely beautiful… Nelson Mandela, words and paintings by Kadir Nelson. The book tells the story of a young Nelson Mandela, from his boyhood…

Through his schooling and onto years in prison as a political prisoner…

His release… and the transformation of South Africa…
The illustrations are out of this world, they completely make the book and the text has a lovely African lilt to it. If you are looking for a picture book for young children, about Mandela that also introduces the difficult topic of apartheid, then this is the picture book to start with. It will open discussion across all ages from preschool kids to high schoolers. This is a book that should be on every school shelf. This is a beautiful picture book and one that will definitely be read again and again and again…

GiveAway Time

Our GiveAways are open to everyone: Just leave a comment below… before 30 July 2018. If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!

I would really like to thank Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing us with a copy of the book to review. We would like to declare that this is not a sponsored post and all the opinions are as usual, entirely our own.

18 Replies to “Madiba Day and a GiveAway for our Readers…”

  1. Wow, the book is gorgeous. Apartheid also happened here in our country, but I’ve never seen a book address it

  2. What an essential and great addition to any home library! Thank You for the giveaway.

  3. Wow, this book looks stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to win a giveaway as much as this one.

  4. What a gorgeous publication on such an important part of history for us to know and understand! We would love to win this!!

  5. Wow, those illustrations! I love learning/discussing important topics with my kids – and picture books are a brilliant way to do it.

  6. I love your book posts! And thank you for the giveaway offer. This looks like a great book to help my kids understand their history and their country, even from far away.

  7. What a stunning book!
    I think it will need to join our bookshelf whether we win the draw or not. 🙂

  8. Wow, the illustrations just draw me in! Beautifully done. I can’t wait to read this, regardless if we are picked or not! Thank you, as always, for your book posts; I have gotten so many ideas for read-alouds from you!

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