Gandhi: His Life, His Struggles, His Wordsby Elisabeth de Lambilly, Severine Cordier, Sa(c)Verine Cordier
Speaking after Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, Albert Einstein remarked that in the future people would surely wonder that one such as Gandhi had walked among us. This is because Gandhi was an uncommon person in all respects. Outraged by human suffering, revolted by injustice, and guided by faith, Gandhi spent his life standing up for what he believed to be right.
Speaking after Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, Albert Einstein remarked that in the future people would surely wonder that one such as Gandhi had walked among us. This is because Gandhi was an uncommon person in all respects. Outraged by human suffering, revolted by injustice, and guided by faith, Gandhi spent his life standing up for what he believed to be right. He did this with unfailing strength and equanimity, ready to give his life for the most humble in the belief that every human being should be allowed to live with dignity and freedom. Gandhi spoke up and out. He dissented and stood his ground, and through his actions he changed our world for the better. Gandhi's moral and spiritual courage have made him an excellent role model for each subsequent generation, and his example is as pressing today as ever.
This wonderfully engaging book consists of several parts: an eleven-page comic strip about Gandhi's life; a chronology; and twelve two-page chapters about different aspects of Gandhi's life, such as his early years, his life in London, Hinduism, nonviolence, and Indian independence. The book ends with a section of referenced quotes both from Gandhi and about him, followed by a list of recommended books and an index. In 2011 named a Skipping Stones Honor book.
Élisabeth de Lambilly received her degree in history. She is a prolific author, specializing in nonfiction books for children. She is the mother of three and lives in France.
Born in France in 1979, Séverine Cordier is now an award-winning illustrator. In 2004 her work was selected for exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair, and she also was awarded a prize for painting from the Institute of France. In 2009, she received the prestigious Chronos Prize.
This mixed-format profile of the Great Soul sandwiches a concise narrative account of his life—enhanced by plenty of photos and sketched illustrations, plus side boxes and a spread on Hindu theology and customs—between a look at formative experiences in his early career presented in graphic panels and closing spreads of short passages from his works arranged by major themes ("Civil Disobedience," "Love"). Urging readers to "listen to his words and consider whether some of his goals are also our own," de Lambilly follows Gandhi from birth to assassination, focusing especially on the development of his philosophy, his methods of nonviolent protest and the relentless courage with which he took on the forces of racial, national and religious prejudice. Though the author's fact checking could have been better—Pakistan was not "the world's first Muslim country," nor was her subject the "first person to use non-violence in politics"—Gandhi's inspiring example and message is conveyed here with eloquence and simplicity in an appealingly designed package. The resource list includes works for both adults and younger audiences. (index) (Biography. 11-13)
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Élisabeth de Lambilly received her degree in History. She is a prolific author, specializing in non-fiction books for children. She is the mother of three and lives in France. Born in France in 1979, today Séverine is an award-winning illustrator. In 2004, her work was selected for exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair, and that same year she was awarded the Institute of France prize for painting. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Chronos prize for her title Emma and her Two Grandmothers.
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