A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueThe story is a primer on Gandhi and the independence movement in India. It touches on Gandhi's principles and methods, the political situation, and the religious diversity in India. Additional material -- including an introduction, map, and source notes -- provides opportunities to explore further.
Positive MessagesGandhi's march illustrates that not all laws are just and fair, and such laws deserve to be challenged. Gandhi's path tactfully focuses on a pernicious law with a message of empowerment and minimal confrontation.
Positive Role ModelsGandhi, of course, exemplifies the power of peaceful protest. He lives his principles, even taking unpopular stands by reaching out to the lowest Hindu caste. He's purposefully breaking the law, but with good reason and with great care and consideration. His goal is clearly better living conditions for Indians.
Violence & ScarinessThere's no violence, but the threat of danger hangs over the march. Protesters are worried they might be confronted with guns. The story notes that protesters in India are arrested and jailed. The book does not mention Gandhi's assassination.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Gandhi: A March to the Sea is a beautiful, broad-stroke depiction of this pivotal event in India's path to independence from British rule. Young readers probably will need help filling in the details and understanding both the context for the march and what followed. Gandhi sets out to break an unfair law and protest for change, which will surely provoke discussion about laws, fairness, and advocating for change.
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