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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known by his followers as Mahatma -- or great soul -- was born in India in 1869 and grew up to become one of the most influential and well-respected political and social leaders the world has ever known. An adamant idealist and a courageous thinker, Gandhi identified himself with the struggles of the common people. He became the sole voice of th...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Shanna Gonzalez
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an important Indian leader whose leadership in overthrowing British rule became an inspiration for the American Civil Rights movement. This picture-book biography presents the major events of his life with Demi's characteristically beautiful illustrations. For the purpose of nurturing a Christian worldview, this book may be problematic. Gandhi's human greatness was inseparable from his Hindu faith, and the text is infused with a Hindu view of reality, along with qu...more
Mary
This is a well written biography that can be used while teaching students to write biographies or during a unit of monumental figures in history. The illustrations are gorgeous and really help depict what life was like in India for Gandhi. I had never read the true story of Gandhi's life. What a monumental figure. He is one of the most peaceful people. It is strange to imagine a world if everyone were to have lived as he did. I see many comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr. I know Gandhi was one...more
Cindi
We've read some of Demi's books, but plan to read many more. There are some interesting looking titles.

Demi's artwork is always a treat. I loved this book too. Having seen the movie Gandhi several times, I knew what to expect, but it still made me feel emotional. Gandhi was a wonderful man who accomplished much through his nonviolent resistance. We could all learn something from Gandhi. Highly recommend for introducing children to Gandhi.
Meltha
This is a good, solid biography of Gandhi. I'm not sure it was really written from the perspective of particularly appealing to children, though. There are some nice background details on the mahatma's life, such as his shyness and the fears he had when he was young. However, the illustrations felt rather flat here. While they added to the story, it would have been pretty much as clear without them, so I didn't find them crucial. I also find a typo, of all things. Demi states that Gandhi "lead"...more
528_Laura
Gandhi by Demi is a pictorial biography of Gandhi, one of the most influential and respected leaders in the world. The author does a nice job of presenting his life in a very clear and straightforward manner, easily understood by school aged readers. The texts follows him from his early education to the strikes he led and finally to India’s independence and his eventual assassination. The events of Ganhi’s life are thoroughly explained using long and sometimes wordy paragraphs. The power of one’...more
Benjamin Zapata
"If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred." - Mahatma Gandhi(1869-1948) Named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award, "Gandhi" is an exceptionally handsome biography that serves as an excellent introduction to the life of this amazing man.
Lindsey
I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know much about Gandhi before reading this book. This is about the extent of my knowledge beforehand: Martin Luther King Jr. modeled his non-violent protests after Gandhi's, he was Indian, He was an advocate for peace. Okay, so I didn't know much. Oh well...

I think Demi does a great job including details about Gandhi that children would finding interesting--he wasn't a good student, he married at thirteen, he faced racism throughout his life. Overall, the book ha...more
Samantha
An informative book about Ghandi's adult life. Personally, the story felt dull to me being that it's about such an important world figure. I did enjoy the artwork.
Cynthia Jensen
I thought this book was a good telling of the life of Gandhi for children. It is a picture book with pictures that will give you an idea of what Gandhi was like and what he wore and what the country side looks like where ever he is. The story tells his faults and how he overcomes his shyness. I gives children a sense of how one person can overcome weaknesses and make a difference in the community and possibably the whole country where they live.
Antonio
This book provides an overview of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It is an excellent source for students to learn about a man that has been an inspiration for peaceful demonstrations through out the world. The text can also be used by students as a source to “compare and contrast” the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Stephanie Smith
My mom read this book to me when I was a kid. Reading it now as a college sophomore (who is much more knowledgeable about India and Indian history) I realize how great a book it is. Well written with a beautiful message. This one I will defiantly keep to read to my own kids one day. A wonderful book about a wonderful man. :3
Rebecca
Interesting bio of the man who inspired non-violent civil disobedience world-wide. Author’s note at end quotes Albert Einstein: “Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon the earth.”
Eric Rickey
I liked the overall feel of the book and the illustrations. However, the historical inaccuracies have me rating this far lower than I otherwise would.
Jen
Dec 11, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book gave me a lot of insight I had never had into Gandhi's life. Demi does a great job with clear text and unique pictures as usual.
Hannah
Part of our India exploration ... prompted some good discussion on Gandhi vs. Patrick Henry ,whom we'd read about earlier that day.
Cheryl
Demi's unmistakable touch on the beautiful illustrations and is a good introduction to the life of Gandhi.
Carol Mcgloshen
An informative book about Gandhi in a way for young children could understand.
Mckinley
I would say well done, however, there are many historical inaccuracies.
Michelle Taylor
I read this to my class today. Gandhi is our main man.
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa...more
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