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Gandhi : India's great soul
Shaw, Maura D.
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Publication Information:
Woodstock, VT. : SkyLight Paths Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
31 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
A biography of Mahatma Gandhi which emphasizes the spiritual beliefs that guided his actions in the nonviolent battle to secure India's independence from Great Britain. Includes activities and a note for parents and teachers.
General Note:
"Walking together, finding the way."
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DS481.G3 S4795 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography

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This engaging introduction to Gandhi will show you how
one person can accomplish big things.

This colorful book offers you a window into the world of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century. You will learn about Gandhi's life--from his time as a student in London to his work for equality in South Africa and India--and his methods of peaceful, but not passive, resistance to injustice.

Through engaging biography, activities inspired by Gandhi's values and beliefs, and the words of Gandhi himself, Gandhi: India's Great Soul will show you how to achieve your goals through persistence and persuasion rather than through violence and fighting.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. From the Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers series, this well-designed book introduces Mahatma Gandhi with simplicity and dignity. While the discussion provides information about his life, beliefs, and achievements, it also challenges children to reflect on aspects of his philosophy and activism in a more personal way. Shaw asks them to consider how Gandhi's beliefs can be applied to their own lives, such as helping others by giving away what an individual can no longer use. The illustrations include colorful paintings and drawings as well as many photographs. A detailed time line and a glossary are appended. There is no index, but this rather brief book is not primarily a resource for research. It serves well, though, as a gateway for beginning to understand who Gandhi was, what he accomplished, and how his beliefs might relate to children's lives today. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.