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Gandhi: The Father of Modern India (What's Their Story?) Hardcover – October 29, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: What's Their Story?
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019521434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195214345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,626,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A serviceable, simple biography of the famous man of peace who freed India from British rule. The format will appeal to upper-primary or less-competent intermediate readers: one half-page of text and a watercolor drawing on each page. The author covers Gandhi's entire life, with emphasis on his profound belief that standing up against unfair laws and practices could be done through peaceful means. For Gandhi, this meant great personal sacrifice: fasting to near death, 2,089 days in prisons, and, eventually, his assassination. The delicate watercolors add informative details to the sparse text about events, setting, and modes of dress.
Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"A serviceable, simple biography of the famous man of peace who freed India from British rule... The author covers Gandhi's entire life... Delicate watercolors add informative details."--School Library Jounral

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hafiza Khan on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a graduate student in education working on my certification for Secondary History (8-12). I used this book for an assignment on the value of trade books in the classroom. This book was used as a supplement to our district's 10th Grade World History Textbook. I had my students read the textbook and then had them read "Gandhi the Father of Modern India". I then interviewed them for their responses. Both students enjoyed the book and said that the book was very interesting and had great pictures. They said that the book did a much better job and gave a better overview of Gandhi's life than the textbook had.It was much more personal and you got to know who he was. The book gave lots of details but it was not overwhelming. They also commented that it would have been helpful to have read this book in history class during the unit on "India's Nationalism". The beautiful watercolor illustrations bring to life the culture. For example, the students get to see a Hindu wedding and how it is different from the traditional Church wedding (pp. 4-5) and then on the next page they get to see Gandhi as a young "brown Englishman" (pp. 6-7). Overall I think it is an excellent book for not only does it introduce the historical events but also the culture of the times in which Gandhi lived. Even though this book is written for a younger audience, I think it would be an excellent book to use in the History classroom.
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