Written by Zazi, Ziwelene and Zindzi Mandela
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Lincoln Childrens’ Books
R170 at all good book stores or R199 at takealot.com
Amid the plethora of Nelson Mandela- related media that comes around every July in anticipation of the icon’s birthday on the 18th, one book stood out.
The beautifully illustrated Grandad Mandela sees two of Mandela’s great-grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene, ask their grandmother Zindzi, who is Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their famous great-grandfather.
Accompanying the children’s questions, including “Did Grandad have to have his birthday in prison?” and “Where did Grandad grow up?”, are award-winning, Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist Sean Qualls’ lovely drawings. Qualls has illustrated children’s books for the likes of film maker Spike Lee and author Toni Morrison.
A definite keepsake, Grandad Mandela is a children’s book that every parent and grandparent should get for their little ones. It comes in four languages.