- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD600L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144242365X
- ISBN-13: 978-1442423657
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 1–3—Mahatma Gandhi, as seen through the eyes of one his grandsons, is depicted in this picture-book biography as a loving grandfather and a revered figure. Twelve-year-old Arun and his family have come to live in his bapu's "service village," which is a great honor, but is also hard for young Arun, who must share his grandfather with so many others demanding his time and attention. The boy frets over the difficulty of living up to the expectations that carrying the name Gandhi entails, and when a disagreement during a soccer game sparks his anger, Arun seeks out his wise and loving grandfather for comfort and advice. This is less a biography of a famous leader and more of an ode to a great man by an adoring grandson. While background details are left intentionally vague, i.e., the family's reasons for moving to India, memories of Gandhi himself are sharp and specific, lending an air of intimacy. The accompanying artwork is stunning, the use of mixed media collage is effective and beautiful, with varying perspectives and intriguing materials on display on every page. With so many biographies about Gandhi published recently, this one stands out for its unique point of view and gorgeous art, and makes a fine supplement to any collection.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Twelve-year-old Arun Gandhi travels with his family from their home in South Africa to India to be with their grandfather, the Mahatma, in his service village of Sevagram, where they stay for two years. Arun loves his grandfather but resents all of the others who monopolize his time, and he worries about living up to his supreme example. He is a child, and like a child, he erupts in anger, seethes in frustration, and longs for connection. And his grandfather is there to tell him that anger is human and we must work to use it so it cannot use us. Collaborating with first-time picture-book author Hegedus, Arun Gandhi recalls his own childhood experiences, relating the stories in an immediate first-person voice. Working in mixed media, with pieces of fabric clothing and hand-cut, hand-painted figures, Turk mixes carefully detailed renderings with abstracted expressions of emotional struggle, achieving a powerful balance. A personal portrait of a legendary figure. Grades 1-4. --Thom Barthelmess
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I have been looking forward to this book ever since I heard it was about to be released and it has far exceeded my expectations. I knew that Arun, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi would enchant me with a good story, but I was thrilled to see that every detail about the book is beautiful. The illustrations by Evan Turk combine watercolor, paper collage, cotton fabric, cotton, yarn, gouache, pencil, tea, and ten foil. They are exquisite. The illustrations are matched with words that provide beautiful imagery such as this statement, “The tin bowls and utensils we used clanged, making a funny-sounding music.” The main focus of the book, which is about Arun feeling inadequate to live up to his grandfather’s reputation, shares a story about Arun becoming angry on the soccer field and then being overwhelmed with embarrassment as he tells his truth to his grandfather. His grandfather responds by telling him that anger is like electricity, it can strike like lightening and split a tree in half, or it can be channeled, transformed and like a lamp, switched on to shed light in the world.
I’m so thankful Arun was willing to share his story. In a time when anger and self judgement threatens our world, this story is a blessing of healing. The publisher, Simon and Schuster did an incredible job bringing this book together. Whether you are a librarian, teacher, grandparent, parent, or the best aunt ever, I think you are going to want to get this book to share with those special kids (or adults) in your life.