NELSON MANDELA - biographies at the 3rd Grade level

It's rather shocking that there are so few biographies about Nelson Mandela at the lower reading levels.  There is currently one book a the Second Grade Reading level, and two books at the Third Grade reading level.  I rather imagine that we will see more after he passes, which is rather sad.

bookcover of NELSON MANDELA  (Life and Times)  by Jayne Woodhouse
(Life and Times)
by Jayne Woodhouse

Please note that this book by Jayne Woodhouse is over a decade old.  I include it in case your library has it in the stacks.
  • I can be had cheaply as a used book.

Ms. Woodhouse explains how the son of a chief became a civil rights activist, a political prisoner, and finally the president of South Africa.

Reading Information:
Word Count:480
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 48502

bookcover of NELSON MANDELA: A Life Of Persistence   (Rookie Biographies)  by Karima GrantNELSON MANDELA: A Life Of Persistence 
(Pull Ahead Biographies)
by Jennifer Boothroyd

This book is newer, having been published in 2007. 

It features black-and-white and color photos, a timeline and text that is more sophisticated.  The approach to apartheid is still kept simple, although it's certainly pointed out that human rights were violated.  (see the sample pages at amazon)

Table of Contents

Reaching a Goal
In Jail for Life
Nelson Mandela Timeline
More about Nelson Mandela


Reading Information:
Word Count:516
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 107744
--sample pages available

For book(s) about Nelson Mandela at the 2nd Grade level, click here.
For book(s) about Nelson Mandela at the 4th Grade level, click here.

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