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I Am Gandhi: Ordinary People Change the World

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Engaging picture bio of Indian hero, nonviolence pioneer.

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Indian civil rights leader and nonviolence pioneer Mohandas Gandhi comes to life in this cartoon history bio of a man whose life and example still inspire people and influence events worldwide. Young readers and listeners may find some historic events very alien to their own experience, such as India's historic discrimination against "untouchables" and the British oppressing Indians by forcing them to buy salt from their overlords. But the larger issues of helping others, transforming yourself, and never resorting to violence shine through. Stealing the show is the cartoon kid who keeps cheerleading about "Truth Force!" and its superpowers. While much of I Am Gandhi will go over the heads of the pre-reading audience, it's a good introduction to an important historical figure, and it rewards repeat visits over time.

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