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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.


Pinterest Logo 25More Websites, Printables & Activities on the IndyPL Kids Pinterest Board: Leaves & Leaf Identification

Local Places to Find Leaves:

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 Logo 700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: 317-925-3800

Butler University 4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302


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.
Trees of Indiana 101 Trees of Indiana National Audobon First Field Guide to Trees Eyewitness Trees
Golden Guide Trees of North America Golden Guide Trees Tell Me Tree Super Simple Leaf Projects
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna


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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 Wild Women of the Wild West
Poptropica Wild West Women of the Frontier How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer
Seed By Seed Life as a Pioneer Life on a Wagon Train Painting the Wild Frontier
The Westward Movement You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West Town Skillet Bread, Sourdough Etc. Hornbooks and Inkwells
Texas Rangers Who Were the American Pioneers

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

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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