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Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus

Grandfather Gandhi

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.
(page 29)

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

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Same same but different

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.

 

Small Acts of Amazing CourageIf 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.

Learn about Gandhi & India:

A Taste of Freedom Gandhi2 Darkness Everywhere Gandhi a March to the Sea
Balarama The Cooking of India Costume Around the World India Cultural Traditions in India
Festivals of the World India Foods of India The Ganges River In the Heart of the Village
India Enchantment of the World Mahavira The Story of Divaali Taj Mahal

Stories from or set in India:

Anklet for a Princess Cinderella The Elephant's Friend Grandma and the Great Gourd Indian Mythology
Kali and the Rat Snake Manus Ark Monkey a Trickster Tale from India Once Upon a Mouse
One Grain of Rice Rikki Tikki Tavi The Rumor a Jataka Tale from India Seven Blind Mice
Sitas Ramayana The Story of Little Babaji Tales from India The Tiger and the Brahman
Alone in the Forest Homeless Bird In Andal's House The Jungle Book
Kim Small Acts of Amazing Courage All My Noble Dreams
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Identifying Leaves

Identifying Leaves

Have you been assigned making a leaf collection yet? If you have started your collection already but haven’t identified the leaves yet, here are some websites and books that will help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from.

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If you want to check out one of the libary’s tree identification books, don’t wait until the last minute to put one on hold. These go fast! And if you want to read about someone who feels your pain – try Gianna Z, she’s got a leaf collection due also, and if her disorganizatin and procrastination keep her from getting it done, she can’t run in the cross-country sectionals. She is feeling the pressure to find the leaves and identify them before it is too late.
101 Trees of Indiana a Field Guide National Audobon Society Field Guide to Trees DK Trees Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z
Tell Me Tree A Guide to Familiar American Trees Trees of North America

If you haven’t started your collection yet or want to add to what you already have, there are two great places you can go in Indianapolis to find leaves, Crown Hill Cemetery and Butler University. Both places have websites you can go to for maps and directions. They even label the trees so that you know for sure what kind of leaf you have. Put on some old shoes and go on a leaf hike. The sun is shining, you get a map, the trees are labelled – Easy A!

CROWN HILL CEMETERY
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Phone: 317-925-3800
Directions & Hours

BUTLER UNIVERSITY
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302
This is the phone number to the Butler University Herbarium (A herbarium is a preserved collection of plant specimens.)

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Native Americans

Native Americans

Read Right Now! Native Americans:

Books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

Pocahontas WeGiveBooksSmall
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.

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Non-Fiction Books:

Before Columbus Black Indians Buckskin Dresses Children of the Tipi
A Day in the Life of a Native American Exploring the Life Myth and Art of Native Americans First People Hands On History Native Americans
Kids Guide to Native American History Looks Like Daylight Native American Art Native American Culture
Native American Heroes Native American History for Kids A Native American Thought Of It Native American Mythology
Native American Tribes Native Americans Native Americans a Visual Exploration Tecumsah
The World of North American Indians

Fiction Books:

The Birchbark House Buffalo Bird Girl Crossing Bok Chitto Ghost Hawk
The Legend of Lighning and Thunder The Man Who Dressed As Elk Dogs Paiute Princess The Porcupine Year
Return to Hawk's Hill The Story of Jumping Mouse The Woman Who Lived With the Wolves

Indiana Books & Websites:

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.

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Pioneers

Pioneers

Read Right Now! Pioneers:

Books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

Journey of a Pioneer WeGiveBooksSmall 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.

Wagon Train Adventure WeGiveBooksSmall 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).

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Pioneer Non-Fiction:

Bad News for Outlaws Dressing a Nation Daniel Boone Donner Dinner Party
The Donner Party Explorers Trappers and Pioneers Great Pioneer Projects Hornbooks and Inkwells
How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail Life as a Pioneer Life on a Wagon Train Painting the Wild Frontier
Poptropica Wild West Seed By Seed Skillet Bread, Sourdough Etc. Texas Rangers
Who Were the American Pioneers Wild Women of the Wild West Women of the Frontier You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer
You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West Town The Westward Movement

Pioneer Fiction:

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Caddie Woodlawn Hattie Big Sky The Last of the Mohicans
Little House on the Prairie May B The Quilt Walk Sarah Plain and Tall
The Trouble with May Amelia Woods Runner
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Indiana Books & Websites:

Alone The Bears of Blue river The Conners of conner Prairie The Floating House
Log Cabin in the Woods My Brother Abe Ollie's Cabin in the Woods A Place Called Freedom
Salt a Story of Friendship The School at Crooked Creek Where the River Grins
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8th Grade Super Zero

8th Grade Super Zero

8th Grade Superzero

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

Look Inside 8th Grade Superzero

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