Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ~ Dr. Seuss







Gandhi: A March to the Sea

line Gandhi: A March to the Sea
by Alice B. McGinty (Author), Thomas Gonzalez (Illsutrator)

“Next to air and water, salt is perhaps the greatest necessity of life” – Gandhi.

This was the time when Great Britain ruled over India. They had passed an unfair law. A law the banned Indians from making their own salt from the sea. A law that meant every Indian had to buy salt from the British and pay high taxes on it. Most Indians could barely afford to. The high taxes and the laws were clearly unfair.

So just before sunrise on March 12th, 1930, a small brown skinned man got up and began his journey  towards the sea. Followed by 70 marchers, seen by thousands of villagers and watched by many British officers, one man decided to break the law. The law that banned any and every Indian from taking salt from the sea.

People watched and worried. Will he get arrested? Will he go to jail? But the marchers followed this man, singing and praising God in their song “Rahupati raghav Raaja Ram“.

Gandhi A March to the Sea March

With every step he took, with every stride he made, he marched towards uniting the country, gathering his countrymen in a silent non-violent fight – a fight for freedom.

He crossed many villages and towns. Along the way he rested. He stopped and washed himself among the waters from the Untouchables. The Untouchables who were frowned upon, the lowest class of the society who were looked upon with disgust. But this lone man welcomed them with his warm gaze.

Gandhi A March to the Sea Untouchables

But the distances were long and the journey was tiring. Will the country men follow? Will they tire and stop in their quest? Can this one man give them the courage, the strength required to show them the path?

Will Gandhi break the law and make salt from the sea water? And can he take his country towards a better life and freedom?

Gandhi A March to the Sea Salt

In this beautifully written, almost poetic picture book, Alice Mc.Ginty gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the most important men in the history of Independence of ¬†India, Mahatama Gandhi. In “Gandhi: A March to the Sea” she describes the historic event of The Salt March (also called “Dandi Yatra” or “Salt Satyagraha”).

Gandhi firmly believed that the fight to freedom should be one which is non-violent. By marching to the sea and breaking the law, he demonstrated to the world the power of non-violent movement. His enormous courage and strong sense of justice for all lead the country towards freedom.

“Gandhi: A March to the Sea” is a re-telling of the event and is exquisitely illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. His brilliant pencil and pastel illustrations adds drama and substance to this poignant tale. Thomas Gonzalez shows Gandhi in different settings. Sometimes deep in thought, sometimes walking alone. My favorite was this image of Gandhi by himself on the banks of the sea at Dandi.

A beautifully written and illustrated historic tale of one man’s perspective on the struggle for freedom.

Find it here: Library, Amazon,


26 comments

line
  1. Jeff

    This book looks like a great addition to a picture book biography collection. At NC Teacher Stuff, I am featuring a book about chameleons: http://ncteacherstuff.blogspot.com/2013/08/nonfiction-monday-chameleons-life.html?m=1

    line
    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Jeff. It is a really well written book!
      -Reshama

      line
  2. Tara

    Thank you for hosting today. I’ve seen this book at our library, and now I know I need to check it out – great story! Here’s my contribution, a new book about the March on Washington, DC.:
    http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2013/08/its-monday-and-heres-what-im-reading_26.html

    line
    • reshamad

      Do let us know how you like it! Thanks for stopping by Tara.
      -Reshama

      line
  3. Wow! These illustrations are stunning! I would love to hold this book in my hands and look at it for a long while! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

    line
    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Tina. I do hope you get to read it
      -Reshama

      line
  4. This book sounds amazing. Wonderful way for kids to learn about Ghandi and introduce them to the power of non violence to make political change.

    line
    • reshamad

      Absolutely. Gandhi was an inspiration for an entire generation!
      -Reshama

      line
  5. I have added this book to my reading list. The subject is an important one and the illustrations are very beautiful!

    line
  6. This book looks wonderful! I love learning and teaching my kids about important moments in history with storybooks – and this looks like it’s perfect- such beautiful illustrations!

    line
    • reshamad

      I love your blog Marie! I love how you integrate the culture into learning. This book is interesting for similar reasons!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

      line
  7. Whew, those illustrations are breathtaking! I love nonfiction picture books. Thank you so much for sharing and hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M
    Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina

    line
    • reshamad

      Its a beautiful book! I love Non Fiction Books too! I wish there were many more of these when I was growing up!!
      -Reshama

      line
  8. Oh this is stunning, I think this is a must on every classroom shelf. Thank you so much for brining it to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    line
  9. I got chills reading your post and looking at the illustrations. They are amazing and what an inspiring story. Gandhi is such an important historical figure. This book should be in all school libraries. Thanks for sharing it in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    line
    • reshamad

      Thanks for the comment Renee! There is so much going on in the book. I agree that this should be in every school!
      -Reshama

      line
  10. What a moving story! Thank you for sharing – I really want to find this and read it with my son now.

    line
  11. This looks incredible! I love picture book biographies.

    line
  12. Wow, amazing! Thank you so much for featuring this book for the KLBH! I am definitely checking it out.

    line
    • reshamad

      Jaymie! I look forward to a book review on Gandhi from you Thanks for stopping by.
      -Reshama

      line
  13. Joy Hopkins

    Just purchased this one too based on your review. Looking forward to enjoying it with my son! Thanks so much.

    line
    • reshamad

      You are going to be an awesome mom Joy! I can totally visualize the scene of you reading to the little one in my head
      -Reshama

      line

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Non Fiction Monday Roundup August 26th - Stacking Books | Stacking Books - [...] Read the full review here. [...]

Leave a Reply