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South African Library for the Blind Book Reviews for July

Author: Manichand Beharilal

Title: Thembi and Themba learn about Nelson Mandela

Format: Coming soon in Audio and Braille.

Summary: ‘Thembi and Themba learn about Nelson Mandela’ by Manichand Beharilal, illustrated by Melvyn Naidoo.This is a story all about one of the greatest men and heroes in modern history. Read and learn about   Nelson Mandela’s amazing life with Thembi and Themba.

Perfect for ages 9 to 13 years.


Author: Sonja Kruse

Title: The uBuntu girl

Format: Coming soon in Audio and Braille.

Summary: In October 2009 Sonja Kruse quit her job, gave her car away and left the familiar behind to embark on a year-long journey across South Africa to prove that the spirit of uBuntu was alive in the country. She became known as The uBuntu Girl.


Author: Gregory James

Title: Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela My Prisoner, My friend

Format: Audio 3462

Summary: An account of how the author was Nelson Mandela’s gaoler for over twenty years. Despite opposing political views and Gregory’s initial dislike of Mandela, the two gradually formed a firm friendship, becoming each other’s confidant and source of comfort. Gives insight into the character and political beliefs of Mandela.


Author: Marguerite Gordon

Title: Madiba magic Nelson Mandela’s favourite stories for children

Format: Braille 13973

Summary: Each story begins with a brief paragraph telling of its origin. The cultures represented come from across the continent, but concentrated in South Africa. There are stories from the Cape Dutch, Cape English and Cape Malay communities. The art is lovely and quite varied, but only one picture per story means lots of words to the page which will discourage reluctant readers.

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