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Gandhi: India's Great Soul

Gandhi: India's Great Soul

by Maura D. Shaw, Stephen Marchesi

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Spiritual Biographies for Young People


Spiritual Biographies for Young People

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Children's Literature
Can 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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These slim titles offer information about the childhood of these spiritual leaders, but mostly, readers will learn about their lifestyles, nonviolent philosophies, and actions. The author incorporates quotes from the men; Thich Nhat Hanh also includes poems written by the Buddhist monk. She encourages readers to participate in activities in the spirit of the philosophies of these influential, peaceful leaders. Gandhi recommends that children recycle broken crayons, since Gandhi believed it was an act of violence to throw away anything that still had a use. Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that they write poetry about something that they would like to see changed, and how to help that happen by peaceful means. Both volumes invite readers to teach others by becoming good examples. However, younger students may find the texts quite challenging and older readers may find them choppy and juvenile. Colorful reproductions and photographs of the men, landscapes, and an occasional flower fill the pages of these titles.-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Spiritual Biographies for Young People
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4 MB
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Maura D. Shaw is the author of several books for young readers, including the award-winning Ten Amazing People: And How They Changed the World (SkyLight Paths); the historical novel Owl's Journey and Gandhi: India's Great Soul. Her nondenominational handbook of Earth-honoring activities for parents and children, Celebrating the Great Mother, is popular with families and groups.

Stephen Marchesi has created numerous drawings for textbooks, magazines and picture books, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington; Meet Abraham Lincoln; Mary McLeod Bethune: Voice of Black Hope and Mars: The Red Planet. A graduate of Pratt Institute, his books have been on the Children's Book Council bestsellers list and on the Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year lists.

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