Writing and reading picture books, chapter books an middle grade fiction.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Grandfather Gandhi: PB #1 for 14:14 Review
Title:Grandfather Gandhi Authors: Arun Gandhi and Bethany
Hegedus Illustrator:Evan Turk Publisher:Atheneum Books for Young Readers Year: 2014, Nonfiction Word Count: 1,478
grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness
into light. How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?
One thick, hot day,
Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village. Silence
fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes
him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi
could never imagine.
Can Arun ever make
his grandfather proud?
Story Element: Theme
This picture book
appeals to the Indian side of my heritage. But it also has a broader appeal due
to its universal theme of Peace.
One of the lessons
Arun learned from his Grandfather Gandhi was – “that anger can be like
electricity.” One chooses to be the “lightning or lamp.”
“Each time we
choose to act rather than react, to sit instead of strike, to listen instead of
shout, we work to create peace.”
Turk draws readers onto Arun’s world using watercolor, paper collage, cotton
fabric, cotton, yarn, gouache, pencil, tea, and tin foil.