Be the change : a grandfather Gandhi story

by Arun Gandhi

Other authorsBethany Hegedus (Author), Evan Turk (Illustrator.)
Hardcover, 2016




New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Arun Gandhi draws once again upon his childhood experiences living at the Sevagram ashram, his famous grandfather's service village, in this second picture-book following upon his earlier Grandfather Gandhi. Still struggling to live up to his grandfather's example, the young Arun finds it
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particularly difficult to uphold his vow not to waste, and has trouble understanding how wastefulness is related to violence. When his grandfather makes him search for a pencil stub he threw away in a moment of rebellion, the young boy is overcome by shame, but still not sure why avoiding waste is so important. Then his grandfather explains that every one of our actions, no matter how small, affects others, and encourages him to create a tree with branches devoted to both actively and passively violent acts. To Arun's surprise, there are far more passively violent acts - taking more than one's share, wasting resources when others have little or none - pointing to the reality that passive violence is every bit as destructive of the welfare of others, as the more active variety...

Like its predecessor, Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story offers an exploration of some of Gandhi's core beliefs - the importance of avoiding passive violence, and of living a life that is mindful of one's effect upon others - but also presents a story of a boy and his beloved grandfather with which many children will be able to identify. As someone who was taught, from the time I was a small child, to consider every small decision - especially consumer decisions - as an ethical one, and to think of the consequence our personal choices have for others, I greatly identified with the larger philosophical lesson being imparted here by Arun Gandhi and his co-author Bethany Hegedus. I also appreciated the beauty of Evan Turk's illustrations, done in a variety of media, from watercolor to collage, cotton fabric to gouache. The artwork here is wonderfully dynamic, with a great sense of movement and a vibrant color palette. Arun's emotional journey is captured on each beautiful page. Recommended to anyone who enjoyed Grandfather Gandhi, as well as to anyone looking for children's stories that teach ethical thinking, or that address Gandhi's legacy.
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LibraryThing member bibliosk8er
A really nice book. Unique and beautiful illustrations, and of course a message for any age.
LibraryThing member lexingtonfriends
Large-format picture book, suitable for elementary ages. Uses an example of wasting a pencil stub to teach about how our actions can be a path to violence. Told by Gandhi's grandson, about an actual experience he had in Gandhi's ashram.
LibraryThing member Lisa2013
Great story for being a springboard to talk with children/groups about passive violence, waste, active violence, and how each individual behaves influences the world and all others in it. It goes to a quote I have always liked: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I love how it
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encourages children and all readers to be the change. I can see a lot of great school and other projects coming about and great discussions about ethical living because of this book. I think the book will make readers think about their actions/behavior. I think it empowers children and all readers to know that decisions they make can have great impact.

The illustrations are interesting and fit the story but I can’t say I loved them. Aesthetically I did not like them that much but I think many others will appreciate them more than I did.

I liked this book better than Grandfather Gandhi, written and illustrated by the same team of three, two authors and one illustrator.

I’d love to hear the two authors speak. One is one of Gandhi’s grandsons. I would love to bring children and teens to hear them speak. I think it would be inspirational.

The last page with the A Note from the Authors for me made the book.

3-1/2 stars
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inscription: donated by Bevianne Fitch


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