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Arun and his family have traveled to his Grandfather’s village for an extended visit. While there, Arun is respectful, eats food he doesn’t really like and tries to work hard doing his chores, like weeding the garden. Although it is difficult, he also tries hard at his lessons. But the truth is, Arun would rather be playing!
He’s a kid, what kid wouldn’t? Arun feels especially bad about feeling restless and impatient during his lessons because his Grandfather is Mohandas “Mahatma”(great soul) Gandhi. Really. This book is written by Gandhi’s real grandson, Arun.
If you have not heard of Gandhi before, he was a man who fought for the end of prejudice in India as well as for Indian independence from Great Britain. He taught change through non-violence and he won! Gandhi might remind you of someone else you have learned about – Martin Luther King Jr.. Gandhi’s teachings inspired Martin Luther King’s nonviolent civil rights movement in the United States as well as Nelson Mandela’s anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
Gandhi was a man known the world over for his wisdom and patience. Arun can’t imagine his Grandfather being anything other than old and wise. Arun wants his Grandfather to be proud of him. But it would be hard, wouldn’t it, to be Gandhi’s son or grandson? It would be hard to feel good enough to have the family name Gandhi.
When Arun loses his temper during a soccer game he feels terrible, like a failure for feeling angry. But then his Grandfather says something amazing, something so amazing it can’t possibly be true – Grandfather says that he sometimes gets angry too! Gandhi! He actually tells Arun he shouldn’t feel bad about feeling angry. He says that everyone feels anger. Everyone.
‘Even you?” I asked.
“Even me,” said Grandfather.
Because it isn’t what you FEEL, it’s what you DO. Arun almost threw a rock at someone out of anger during the soccer game…but he didn’t. Making a choice like that – now that’s something both kids and adults can do! You can make choices to create peace too, just like Arun and his Grandfather. Take the Pledge. #Stand4Peace
- Facebook: Grandfather Gandhi
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- Printable: Live Your Life as Light Pledge from Grandfather Gandhi
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- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Father of the Nation
- BBC Biography: Mohandas Gandhi
- History.com: Mohandas Gandhi Biography
- National Geographic Kids: India
- Time for Kids: India
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Sometimes feeling angry isn’t the only thing you might have in common with Arun and his Grandfather, there are many things, even though the Gandhi’s are from India. You can see what some of those things are in the book Same, Same, But Different. Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries–America and India–they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, K-3 Nominee.
If you wonder about what it would be like to live during Gandhi’s time, try the novel, Small Acts of Amazing Courage. It takes place in India in 1919 at the same time Gandhi was alive but before India’s Independence. It is the story of Rosalind, a British girl who lives with her family in India. Her father is an officer in the British military. Rosalind loves India and its people and becomes interested in the message of a man named Gandhi who travels the country inspiring people for non-violent change. Gandhi is fighting for and end to prejudice and for India’s independence from British rule…but he teaches non-violent, peaceful protest instead of actual fighting.
When Rosalind sneaks off with her friend to hear a speech by Gandhi, Rosalind’s Dad finds out and boy is he mad! What kid wants to hear this:
“…you are not to involve yourself in any way with what goes on in this country. Those who are older and wiser than you are have things well in hand. Is that understood?” (page 68)
What if you DON’T think those who are older, are wiser? What if you think they are just plain wrong? This headstrong girl has the moxy to stand up for what she believes in, even to her Dad. The heated debates between father and daughter are some of the best parts. I also loved Rosalind’s relationships with her Indian friends and how she developed her own thoughts about Indian freedom from British rule. She bases her thoughts on her own experiences and not solely on what she reads or what other people tell her. This book reveals the dramatic changes Gandhi inspired that eventually lead to a free India. The sequel is All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens.
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||Read Pocahontas – In this book, children learn the story of Pocahontas. Famous for helping maintain peace between the English colonists and Native Americans, this brave Indian woman befriended the settlers at Jamestown.|
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Native Tech: Native American Technology & Art
- Native American Library Association: Native American Links
- Scholastic: Native American Heritage, Everything You Need
- Crowcanyon.org: Pueblo Indiana History for Kids
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Native American Artifacts
The Illini, the Shawnee and the Miami were some of the Native Americans that lived in Indiana before settlers came here. One of the most well-known Native Americans from Indiana is the Miami Chief, Little Turtle. The websites and books below will help you learn more about Native Americans all over country, especially those who lived in Indiana.
- Native American Tribes of Indiana
- Historical Indians of Indiana
- DNR: Native Americans in Indiana Today
- Indiana Historical Society: The Native Americans
- Conner Prairie – Native Americans in Indiana: Resistance & Removal
- Conner Prairie: Daniel Dunihue Diary, August 1- December 11, 1832
- Conner Prairie: Conners and the Lenape
- Conner Prairie: The Fall Creek Massacre
- Conner Prairie: William Conner & the Indian Trade
- Angel Mounds State Historic Site
- Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian & Western Art
- Native Greetings of Indiana
- Indiana Native Animal Words
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Books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!
|Read Journey of a Pioneer – Journey of a Pioneer follows the adventures of a young girl as her family travels west in covered wagons along the famous Oregon Trail.|
|Read Wagon Train Adventure – Wagon Train Adventure tells the story of Sarah and her pioneer family’s struggles and bravery on their journey across the American West in 1849. (DK Graphic Readers Level 4).|
- IndyPL Kids Blog: Black History – Pioneers, Cowboys & the West
- California’s Untold Stories – Gold Rush!
- American Experience Wayback: Gold Rush
- Driving the Last Spike
- Trail of Tears National Historic Site
- Pony Express National Historic Trail
- The Homestead National Monument of America
- The Homestead Act
- Library of Congress: Women Pioneers in American History
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Pioneer Artifacts
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Some kids get nicknames in junior high. Some of those nicknames are even cool. But Reggie McNight’s nickname isn’t cool at all and it is a daily reminder of a very embarrassing event. His nickname? Pukey.
All Reggie wants now is to be invisible, operating under the radar…at least until everyone forgets about “the event.”
How is it then, that Reggie ends up running for class president? Why is he willing to put himself under the scrutiny of his peers again? After volunteering his time at a local homeless shelter, Reggie discovers he cares about something more than restoring his image. He cares enough to step out of the shadows, after all, ”eighth grade isn’t all there is to life.” Here here. Pukey for President! #Stand4Peace Author: Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
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