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Children's LiteratureCan the world live in peace? Gandhi believed so, and this book in the "Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers" series outlines his life and his plan for peace. A well-written opening page sets the pace and invites readers to learn more about this man. Short sections accompanied by photos of Gandhi, artwork, and superimposed illustrations offer a complete look at Gandhi and his work. Italicized Indian words such as swaraj, satyagrapha, and charka are explained in full. The gist of the text shows how one man could make a world of difference to many people. Incidents—such as helping Indians gain rights in Africa and a peaceful march to the sea for salt—show readers that peaceful action can produce results. Three "Now It's Your Turn" activities extend an opportunity to the reader to do something that makes them think about and understand Gandhi's beliefs. The text itself flows as a peaceful one. A timeline charts Gandhi's life from 1888 to 1948. A glossary completes the book. As with others in the series, this book presents a star as a positive role model. 2004, Skylight Paths Publishing, Ages 7 up.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury