Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 activities (For Kids series)
With his wire-rimmed glasses, homespun cloths, and walking stick, Mohandas Gandhi is an international symbol of nonviolence, freedom, simplicity, and peace. Tracing Gandhi's evolution from a shy boy in India to a courageous, world-traveling spiritual and political leader who worked tirelessly to help India achieve independence from England, Gandhi for Kids will inspire young readers to make connections between his ideas and contemporary issues such as bullying and conflict resolution, healthful eating from local sources, civil rights and diversity, the "reduce, reuse, recycle" movement, and more. Kids learn about Gandhi's important impact on the lives and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, and other modern heroes, yet come to understand that he was also a complex man who struggled with personal conflicts, disappointments, and idiosyncracies. Packed with historic images, informative sidebars, a time line, glossary, resource section, and 21 creative activities that illuminate Gandhi's life, ideas, and environment, Gandhi for Kids is an indispensable resource for a new generation of change makers. Kids can: make a traditional Indian lamp called a diya; practice anti-consumerism or vegetarianism for a day; create a henna hand design; learn some basic yoga poses; and much more.
From School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This entry focuses on how Mohandas Gandhi's life—including his childhood in India, Western education, and firsthand experience of racism and injustice—influenced his rejection of material culture and political power and inspired his world-changing idea of nonviolent protest. Mahoney provides some general background to help readers put the man's life into the context of the places he lived and the time period. Since the emphasis is on Gandhi's ideas, there is more coverage of his formative experiences in India, Britain, and South Africa than of his return to India and efforts to make India independent (the book's midsection about the South African years is occasionally dry). Mahoney admires Gandhi and his adherence to his beliefs but also describes his struggles to live up to his ideals, especially in his family life. The text is supplemented with average-quality black-and-white photos and sidebars about people and political movements. The 21 activities are related to Gandhi's culture, work, and ideas, ranging from simple craft projects such as evaporating salt to more complex research and critical thinking projects such as examining the role of consumerism in modern society and becoming an advocate for a cause. This book is a complement to, rather than a replacement for, titles such as Kem Knapp Sawyer's Champion of Freedom: Mohandas Gandhi, which has a fuller discussion of India's colonial history and Gandhi's role in its independence. VERDICT Good supplemental choice for reports and as a classroom resource for student projects.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO
“It is amazing how the life story of Gandhi can be retold over and over and each time more refreshingly! Gandhi for Kids makes the story interesting with imaginative activities.” —Arun Gandhi, Founder- President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, USA.
Age: 9 and up
Number of Pages: 144
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (August 1, 2016)
Author: Ellen Mahoney
Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches