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Gandhi: A March to the Sea [Kindle Edition]

Alice B. McGinty , Thomas Gonzalez
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mohandas Gandhi’s 24-day March to the Sea, from March 12 to April 5, 1930, was a pivotal moment in India’s quest to become an independent country no longer ruled by Great Britain. With over 70 marchers, Gandhi walked from his hometown near Ahmedabad to the seacoast near Dandi. The march was a non-violent means to protest the taxes that Great Britain had imposed on salt-not the salt that the Indians could get from the sea, but the salt that Great Britain forced them to buy. Gandhi believed that peaceful protests were an effective way to challenge British law, and his peaceful but ultimately successful movement became known as Satyagraha.


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**“This gorgeous, thoughtful account should be in every biography collection.” - Starred Review School Library Journal Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA May 2013

“This walk with Gandhi is time well-spent.” – Kirkus Reviews March 2013

“This moving account of a consequential event offers both historic significance and contemporary resonance.” - The Hornbook

“This re-telling of a fascinating story introduces today’s American children to a remarkable man who freed India and influenced the whole world, the United States included.” —Rajmohan Gandhi, professor at the University of Illinois and a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

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Product Details

  • File Size: 9013 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477816445
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ087PK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Just Wouldn't Be Quiet... May 9, 2013
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I introduced this story to my son as being about a real hero who lived long ago. I had to clarify he wasn't a superhero like Batman or Spiderman, but that he was a real hero.

For most of the story, my kindergarten-aged son listened intently. A few questions here or there. But mostly he listened. Then the end came...

It was bedtime. It was late. And it was time to sleep.

But the story had sparked so many questions for my son. His brain was on overdrive trying to take it all in, to understand and asking extra questions about the British, about the United States, whether there were other countries this happened to, if people got hurt trying to be free, why would people do this, and so on.

Then after a while the conversation shifted in tone from questions to right living.

"Daddy, when I grow up I want to be a government. Because then I can make rules that are fair for everyone."

And then we talked a bit about government structure, and how different people make the laws together. The conversation continued for quite a while after reading this book.

I truly couldn't have asked for a better result after reading a book. Definitely well done and age-appropriate. It also wasn't as long a read as I had expected it to be, which was nice... a lot of "bang for the buck" so to speak.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book is just what I was hoping for. It explains the Salt March in terms clear enough for a first-grader, with beautiful paintings to accompany the text. The language is lyrical without being too flowery, and the sentences are relatively short. It explains the idea behind Gandhi's civil disobedience without using the terms, and makes clear that they were breaking laws, but that the laws were unfair. It hints very briefly at Gandhi's earlier life but doesn't dwell on it, choosing to focus instead on the time of life when he was at the height of the resistance to Britain. It does not make any reference to the violence of the Dharasana Satyagraha, so the "feel" of the book is upbeat and honoring. An absolute winner for introducing Gandhi to the early-elementary set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Mohandas Gandhi was once a boy who was fearful, but the thought of freedom for India made him grow strong. The boy knew the difference between right and wrong and so did the man. Mohandas knew that under British rule it was wrong of them to pass laws that forbade "Indians to take salt from the sea." The people of India struggled under the taxes levied upon their shoulders as the British thrived and grew wealthy. Mohandas "organized non-violent protests to challenge the British laws. Satyagraha, "soul force," had been born and a man would march to the sea in protest. It would be the March to the Sea that would make a people strong and free.

Dressed as a simple man, Mohandas Gandhi began his journey "with over seventy marchers." The British began to watch as the little man with the thin legs began to move forward letting his heart and his walking stick lead the way. "Every man is ready / to walk this risky road. / Each stride they take, / each law they break: / `Peaceful steps toward freedom.'" The once shy boy had become a man and he raised his hands to speak before the masses. Mohandas Gandhi kept moving toward the sea, toward the Untouchables. He would cleanse his body with their water, but would he be able to change the attitude of the Indian masses? Would he be able to shake loose the chains of their British oppressors?

This is an awe-inspiring look at Mohandas Gandhi and nonviolent change. McGinty's free verse is a particularly powerful tool that moves the book along, somehow imitating the step-by-step march to the sea by Gandhi and his followers in the Satyagraha movement. Many students who have read about Monhandas Gandhi never really connect the fact that he too had fears, but overcame them as he struggled to help his people free themselves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book because I learned about Mohandas Gandhi. I am inspired to approach my problems in life in a less aggressive way because of his life. I must confess that I knew nothing about how Gandhi's 100 mile salt march led to India's independence from Great Britain. I did not know that salt and cloth were taxable items that made Indian people poor and British people rich. I also learned that he also supported voting rights for the most socially out cast people by going on a food fast. I am simply inspired by the courage of Mohandas Gandhi. I love all the historical aspects of this book. It is rare for me to learn something from a children's book.

This book is beautifully illustrated by an artist named Thomas Gonzalez. My favorite illustration is one of Gandhi bathing in the Arabian Sea in the morning. The colors of the sea and water is so vivid. I also love the picture of Gandhi waving behind a background of clouds. This illustration symbolizes Gandhi's warmth and compassion. The writing in this book is easy for readers to understand. I learned a little bit about Gandhi's achievements. This book also makes me think about his legacy too. This book is aimed for kids. Kids under ten will love the pictures in the book. Adults will love the pictures and the words in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good on Kindle
Format is for a large, children's picture book. In order to read it on my kindle I had to enlarge it to see the words, then I missed out on the pictures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
a must read for all ages.
good luck to all reader.please share your reviews in this book.
thanks Amazon kindle.
Published 2 months ago by chetan@AWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom from dominence.
The history is a large part of my remembrance while growing up in the 30"s. This story is similar to what Mandela has achieved.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Pflimlin
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Story For The Ages."
Superb in storyline and artwork. Not just for youth middle age but adults. Very appropriate with today's headlines, since South Africa lost their leader who practiced... Read more
Published 4 months ago by W. E. Benton
1.0 out of 5 stars Font too small
The story might be great. We wouldn't know. The font was too small to read on the Kindle. If we tried to increase the font size or zoom in, it would crash.
Published 7 months ago by Robin Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Story
This is a story worth sharing with early teens and above. It shows how one man through conviction and much patience peacefully changed the world around him.
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi A March To The Sea
Too hard to read on e-reader! Did not enjoy. Would not recommend. Print was a way too small.Nice pictures though.
Published 7 months ago by Pamela A. Bruhl
3.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
This can be a very good introduction to a child. I do think that the reader could add more information, about non violence along the story line.
Published 7 months ago by Ruth Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Format for Teaching Children
I appreciated this book for being able to teach younger children about Gandhi in a way they'd absorb. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LRK
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi's Historic March
This is a fantastic children's storybook for the telling of Gandhi's March to the Sea as a part of a peaceful protest for India's independence. Read more
Published 10 months ago by fra7299
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