Gandhi: Young Nation Builder

Gandhi: Young Nation Builder

by Kathleen Kudlinski
     
 

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The man we remember simply as Gandhi was born Mohandas Gandhi in India in 1869. From an early age he was made keenly aware of the rigid Hindu caste system of his country, and was heavily influenced by his mother's ability to fast as a way to control her urges. Mohandas was married at the age of thirteen and continued his education, though he struggled as a student. He…  See more details below

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The man we remember simply as Gandhi was born Mohandas Gandhi in India in 1869. From an early age he was made keenly aware of the rigid Hindu caste system of his country, and was heavily influenced by his mother's ability to fast as a way to control her urges. Mohandas was married at the age of thirteen and continued his education, though he struggled as a student. He also struggled to find himself and to keep his moral center intact. At college in London, and then later at work in South Africa and India, Gandhi was appalled at the abject poverty he discovered and by the widespread denial of civil liberties and political rights he encountered. He ultimately dedicated his life to the struggle for fundamental human rights for all Indians.

Read all about the fascinating early years and eventual accomplishments of this inspiring leader.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Worthy in intent but flawed in execution, Gandhi tells the story of the Father of India from early childhood to his death at the hands of an assassin in 1948. The narration (catalogued as fiction) is augmented generously by fictional dialogue, much of which rings quite false. The author's voice is often intrusive, and the tones and inflections of the subcontinent, as well as of England, are either conspicuous in their absence, or presented in a kind of conflation of stereotypes. Cultural nuance is often misrepresented in ways both gross and subtle. Nobody in a Hindu home, either now or in the 19th century, for example, would "light a candle to Vishnu," and nobody in England would have been likely to explain to the law student Gandhi that the moving box he went up in was an "elevator." Missteps like this abound. Quotes, a glossary, a time line, and additional reading list make up the back matter. Nowhere is the extent of fictionalization explained, however. Other titles in the "Childhood of World Figures" series include Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, and Anne Frank.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416912835
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Series:
Childhood of World Figures Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
936,186
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Kudlinski was born in Pennsylvania. When she grew up, she studied art and biology at the University of Maine. She became a science teacher, but when she stopped teaching, she tried writing. She is the author of books about Rosa Parks, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dr. Seuss, and many more.

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