by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus
illustrated by Evan Turk
Arun Gandhi lives with his family in Grandfather Gandhi’s village, where the days are thick and hot. Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for the young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, Arun’s anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud? [from the book jacket]
Live as light and celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday today with a reading of Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi’s story of how his grandfather’s teachings of peace and healing touched his life as a young boy. The narrative is well-written—both a lesson in history and a tale on how to turn anger into love—and the illustrations are enthralling. Intense colors and a collection of media—paper, cloth, foil, and thread—add even more dimension to this layered story.
Highly recommended! Nonfiction/biography picture book. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
(Jocelyn, Davis Library)