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Great Lives - snappy bios for young people

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

I love this short colourful biography of Nelson Mandela. It is part of a wonderful series of non-fiction books, which tell the stories of amazing people across cultures and across history.


Vibrant artwork make this a really attractive read. The pages all feature illustrations. There are inspiring quotations, a useful timeline, clear glossary and an index. The level of information is just right for a broad overview and there is enough information to encourage discussion. I thought you might like to read the last quotation,

"It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."


Teaching children how to fact find is an important part of learning and these books make this process pleasurable. Although there is no doubt that the internet is a powerful source of information, picking up a non-fiction book is an important complementary research method. It offers less immediate results but does demand that children engage in the processes of information withdrawal, reflection and analysis.


Other people in the series include Maya Angelou, Anne Frank and Da Vinci.


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