Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Picture Book Review: Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

Ashram life seems easy enough when the purpose is to live simply and nonviolently. While Arun has no trouble with most of the eleven vows of ashram living, he has a hard time with the vow not to waste. He can't understand how throwing away a worn-down pencil can hurt anyone, let alone lead to violence.

As Arun follows his grandfather and hears him speak about passive nonviolence, he struggles to understand the meaning behind it and how a worn-down pencil applies. In time, learns that every act affects others and the world around him in small ways. His grandfather tells him, "Be the change you wish to see in the world, Arun." These words remind him to think always about his actions and how they can bring about peace.

The mixed media illustrations with striking colors may catch the attention of the young reader while the concepts explored may teach a better lesson with the guidance of an adult. A great story for the child and parent to experience together.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:
Publisher: Atheneum (August 30, 2016)
By Arun Gandhi and Bethany Heeds
Illustrated by Evan Turk
ISBN: 978-1481442657
Ages: 4-8


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