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A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remar A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remarkable life, up to India's independence in 1947, and the tragic conclusion; in 1948 Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatic opposed to his program of tolerance for all creeds and religions.


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A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remar A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remarkable life, up to India's independence in 1947, and the tragic conclusion; in 1948 Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatic opposed to his program of tolerance for all creeds and religions.

30 review for Gandhi: The Young Protester Who Founded a Nation (World History Biographies)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Fischer

    Gandhi never laid out a systematic theology. Thankfully, he had redactors who did it for him later, and this is the text that is the result. It's a comprehensive collection of Gandhi's writings on a variety of religious/spiritual topics. Since these articles/letters weren't written with the intent of being collected into an anthology, there is a fair bit of repetition, and so it is not nearly as accessible as "Satyagraha in South Africa" and certainly not as accessible as the autobiography (the Gandhi never laid out a systematic theology. Thankfully, he had redactors who did it for him later, and this is the text that is the result. It's a comprehensive collection of Gandhi's writings on a variety of religious/spiritual topics. Since these articles/letters weren't written with the intent of being collected into an anthology, there is a fair bit of repetition, and so it is not nearly as accessible as "Satyagraha in South Africa" and certainly not as accessible as the autobiography (the latter of which arguably has more practical theology). But that said, there's lots of very good, very challenging stuff in here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I actually liked this book because of the format and layout of the pages. It's simple to read (it's for kids so some of the language is a bit dumbed down, but that's ok) and I think this would be a good starter book for an adult who wonders "who's this gandhi guy?" It's by National Geographic and I look forward to reading their others in the series;Mandela, Elizabeth I and Galileo.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jashim Uddin

    Gandhi by Philip Wilkinson This book is an autobiography of the famous Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book retells Gandhi’s life through four key events of his life; his early years, Gandhi as a student and lawyer, his return to India and his struggle for freedom. Gandhi was the youngest son of a rich prime minister, who was born in India. The book begins with events that happened in India which at the time were ruled by the British, but it ends with Gandhi becoming a world famous leader who ste Gandhi by Philip Wilkinson This book is an autobiography of the famous Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book retells Gandhi’s life through four key events of his life; his early years, Gandhi as a student and lawyer, his return to India and his struggle for freedom. Gandhi was the youngest son of a rich prime minister, who was born in India. The book begins with events that happened in India which at the time were ruled by the British, but it ends with Gandhi becoming a world famous leader who steers his country towards independence. The book goes on to informing readers that Gandhi had to go through many obstacles in order to achieve his aspirations. Gandhi’s achievement caused many celebrations in India and are still never forgotten in India and other countries. I would recommend this book to key stage 2 readers. I believe it is an excellent informative book for students to learn the history behind India and an enjoyable way to learn about the iconic role model that is Gandhi. Each page of the book consists of real life photographs of Gandhi, from when he was a young boy to his last few years. As well as this, the book contains photographs and maps of India and South Africa, alongside famous Indian paintings. These all allow students to really capture the stories and adventures of Gandhi, and have a vivid image of what life in India was like at that time. Each page also contains a time line of Gandhi’s life, which informs students in short sentences how his life was as the years went on. This book has great cross curricular link and can be used in multiple lessons, such as Art, Geography, History, Religious Education and Literacy. The paintings and pictures included in the book, have a short summary of what the images show and what the paintings represents. Students can use this to create their own paintings of religious or cultural celebrations they experience. More over the book include famous dates, and information on why Hindus in India perform certain actions or celebrations, which can be used within RE lessons. Children can use this information to explain and describe what they perform in their religions, and can tell the class what religion means to each of them. The book is full of key historic information which includes important dates which is shown clearly in a timeline. Students can look at this timeline as an example to create their own timeline of their life. The maps included in the book are useful in Geography lessons, as the teacher can teach the class how to read maps and can show them, what countries are near each other. They can then recreate this map or create their own map with colours to make it brighter and easier to read. Lastly the book can be used in English as children can write their own biography of their life. They can also retell the story of Gandhi by acting out his life in groups which the teacher can use to assess their understanding of higher level books. Overall I think this is a brilliant book with great cross curricular link. This book would be very useful in a classroom setting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    Gandhi: The Young Protester Who Founded a Nation chronicles the life and times of Mohandas Gandhi's life. This book uses a mixture of photos and picture, both recreations and primary sources. It also includes maps, and a timeline that runs along the bottom of the book. The layout of this National Geographic book is impressive and there are many valuable pieces of information after reading the words on the page. This story also reveals Ghandi's young life. I was unaware that Gandhi was the son of Gandhi: The Young Protester Who Founded a Nation chronicles the life and times of Mohandas Gandhi's life. This book uses a mixture of photos and picture, both recreations and primary sources. It also includes maps, and a timeline that runs along the bottom of the book. The layout of this National Geographic book is impressive and there are many valuable pieces of information after reading the words on the page. This story also reveals Ghandi's young life. I was unaware that Gandhi was the son of a Prime Minister and that his dad had such an important role in the community during Gandhi's upbringing. I would use this book on units about India or the world's great protestors. This book is chalked full of great resources like maps, pictures and primary sources. I could use this in a younger classroom just to read as a story, or allow older students to use this book as a resource.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy Clinton

    Summary: The life of M. Gandhi from the early years and on to his role as an important leader. The book is broken into chapters from when he was growing up, to his time in school, his political work and return to India, asnd then on to his struggles as a nonviolent leader. Personal Response: This book was enjoyable, and I think Philip Wilkinsin did a good job with the usage of illustrations and the timeline on the bottom of the pages. Curriculum Connection: History, Biography project, research projec Summary: The life of M. Gandhi from the early years and on to his role as an important leader. The book is broken into chapters from when he was growing up, to his time in school, his political work and return to India, asnd then on to his struggles as a nonviolent leader. Personal Response: This book was enjoyable, and I think Philip Wilkinsin did a good job with the usage of illustrations and the timeline on the bottom of the pages. Curriculum Connection: History, Biography project, research project, oral presentation, and group work are great ways to use this book in the classroom. It can be used for grades 2nd through 6th mainly, but also maybe 7th and 8th. Visual Appeal: The cover has a young picture of Gandhi, looking off into the distance. Grade: 2nd - 6th grade Genre: Biography - Informational

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Short biography with lots of photos! I like the visual format which allows me to learn about a famous person quickly. A vegetarian lawyer who worked to liberate India from English domination and find a peaceful solution to disagreements between Hindus and radical Muslims. The Middle East is full of ethnic minorities which leads to instability. This book was written for children -- it did not mention Ghandi's romantic relationship with another man while he was still married.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keesha 11-12

    This book tells a lot about Gandhi. I really enjoyed it because he helped free the country in which I was born in. Which was India. This book really describes the events from how Gandhi grew up to how he died. After reading this book I wondered how my life would have been like if Gandhi hadn't freed the country. I am thankful that Gandhi freed India. There's another thing I can add to my 1,000 gifts list. I loved this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    Muy buen libro. Considero que debo buscar uno de mayor extensión para conocer mas detalles sobre la vida del gran Gandhi. Excelentes imágenes, textos entendibles, datos extras interesantes, y un protagonista admirable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maiko76

    Finisco sempre ogni libro che compro, odio lasciare una storia a metà anche se è bruttissima. Ma questo libro proprio non sono riuscita a finirlo. La storia di Gandhi è stata resa banale e molto noiosa.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Khalid

    The book was very interesting. It talked about Gandhi's childhood and what he did to free India form the British. The most Interesting part is when Gandhi is leading his country into freedom from the British.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Quite a long and detailed view of the man by the man himself. He tries to be honest about his assessments. I would have liked to read a book by his wife about him. It seems she bore the burden of a lot of his big ideas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Gilfert

    Despite blurring the line between tall tale and history this book was an entertaining and informative read. Designed for middle grades this is a good biography, but young readers must be warned to read it critically.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ubalstecha

    Nice late junior/intermediate biography of India's great leader. Full of facts, maps and pictures this is a must for teachers studying Gandhi and/or heroes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    Excellent

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I like this biography covering Gandhi's life. I enjoyed the pictures too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Petra Hermans

    Fabulous.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jay Ruehrmund

  18. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Randall Trott

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Lišková

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane Tatam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elene Murvanidze

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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