Gandhi: Young Nation Builder [NOOK Book]

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A childhood biography of the great political and social leader.

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) studied law in England, then spent 20 years defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. In 1914 he returned to India and became the leader of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi urged non-violence and civil disobedience as a means to independence from Great Britain, with public acts of defiance that landed him in jail several times. In 1947 ...
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Gandhi: Young Nation Builder

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Overview

A childhood biography of the great political and social leader.

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) studied law in England, then spent 20 years defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. In 1914 he returned to India and became the leader of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi urged non-violence and civil disobedience as a means to independence from Great Britain, with public acts of defiance that landed him in jail several times. In 1947 he participated in the postwar negotiations that led to Indian independence. He was shot to death by a Hindu fanatic in 1948.
     This childhood biography highlights the events that informed Gandhi's indomitable spirit.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442460843
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Childhood of World Figures
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,360,834
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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