Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known by his followers as Mahatma -- or great soul -- was born in India in 1869 and grew up to become one of the most influential and well-respected political and social leaders the world has ever known. An adamant idealist and a courageous thinker, Gandhi identified himself with the struggles of the common people. He became the sole voice of the downtrodden and the exploited and believed fervently in the notion that "hatred can only be overcome by love." He vowed to instigate social and political change through nonviolent means and succeeded in changing India's prejudicial caste system and winning India's independence from British rule. Gandhi's teachings inspired Martin Luther King's nonviolent civil rights movement in the United States and Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Gandhi's philosophies of nonviolence and peaceful protest continue to inspire people around the world. In beautiful language and exquisite illustrations inspired by Gandhi's own belief in the simplicity and truth of life, Demi captures the spirit that was Mahatma Gandhi and pays homage to this great man.
Demi presents the story of Mohandas Ghandi, who evolved from a shy, scarred child to a self-reliant man determined to lead millions of Indian people out from the rule of the British Empire through non-violent means.
This book follows the life of Mohandas Gandhi starting with his early life in India. It follows him through his studies in England, his failed law practice back in India, and on to his early activism in South Africa. Finally, the story returns with Gandhi to India for his famous resistance to the British empire. It even includes some of his later work in attempting to unite India and Pakistan. This would be a great book to introduce to students when talking about initiating change in society, or peaceful protest. It would also be valuable for inclusion for a multicultural perspective on any of several issues.
This is sort of a straight ahead Gandhi fact book, which is OK for mid elementary readers. Demi's illustration is phenomenal as ever, but I prefer his Buddha and LOVE the Hungry Coat. His style captures Indian aesthetic so well.
This might be too dry for many readers, and the illustration is something you have to have an appreciation for or else it's not so engaging. So for young readers not specifically after of those things it could be too dry.