Grandfather Gandhi

Grandfather Gandhi

Book - 2014
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"Mahatma Gandhi's grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442423657
144242365X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm

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BCD2013 Jun 09, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Imagine if your grandfather was the world's most peaceful man. That's the problem young Arun faces when his family goes to live with his grandfather, Gandhi himself. But is Arun a peaceful enough person to live up to the Gandhi name?
- Betsy Bird

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2014

As author Bethany Hegedus says in her “Note from the Authors” at the end, “We world we live in needs to heal – to heal from the wars that are fought, to the bullying epidemic, to mass killings by lone gunmen, to poverty, to hunger, and to issues that contribute to internal anger being outwardly expressed in violent actions.” Gandhi’s message never grows old. Now we’ve a book that helps to continue his work for the youngest of readers.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2014

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 07, 2014

When young Arun and his family first arrive in his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi’s village, he’s mighty shy around his incredibly famous relative. Yet right away Grandfather is warm and welcoming to them, and when he praises Arun for walking the distance from the train station the boy swells with pride. Unfortunately, having Gandhi as your grandpa means having to share him with the 350 followers who also live in the village. Arun struggles with his lessons in Gujarati and the fact that there are no movie theaters around, but there are upsides to village life too. He’s pretty good at soccer with the other kids, and occasionally Grandfather will take him for a walk just mano a mano. But then, one fateful day, Arun gets into a skirmish on the soccer field and his anger is overwhelming. Shamed that the grandson of Gandhi himself would react in anger he confesses to his Grandfather immediately, only to find the man isn’t angry or disappointed in him in the least. Anger, Gandhi explains, is like lightning. You can use it to destroy or you can use it to light the world, like a lamp. Which will you choose?

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