Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nelson Mandela

 Kadir Nelson's artwork is stunning in  "Nelson Mandela."  Kadir always uses the expanse of a spread to convey emotion and depth.  The first illustration of two boys sparring on a hillside above a village features a sun rise.  It seems symbolic to me of Nelson Mandela's rise to lead his country.  His given name, Rolihlahla, translates to "troublemaker" as explained in the author's note.  Never was these a better kind of trouble to make than the fight to end apartheid and inequality in South Africa.  Kadir Nelson does an artful job of summing up a spectacular story to capture its essence.

Nelson Mandela 
ISBN: 978-0-06-178376-0
Published 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
I borrowed this copy from my public library to read and review.

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