The Story Behind the Worldwide Release of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom for Children
Back in the 1980s, Nelson Mandela was front and center on the world stage. Now, Macmillan aims to see history repeat itself, thanks to a global, 13-language launch of the picture-book adaptation of his autobiography.
The company’s unprecedented release of Long Walk to Freedom “was intended to reflect Nelson Mandela’s importance to South Africa and the world,” says Emma Hopkin, managing director of Macmillan Children’s Books in the U.K. This ambitious effort involved intense collaboration between Macmillan U.K., Pan Macmillan South Africa, and Roaring Brook in the U.S., also part of the worldwide Macmillan family, which adapted the text and cover art for an American audience.
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, abridged by Chris van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma
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