I just picked up Alice B. McGinty’s newest book, Gandhi: A March to the Sea from the library.
In 1930, Gandhi led a twenty-four day march from Ahmedabad to Dandi by the sea. It was a pivotal event in Indian history to break away from the taxation policies of Britain. The seventy marchers promised to break the laws of getting salt from the sea.
Gandhi was successful in demonstrating in a peaceful manner.
McGinty uses free verse accompanied by evocative illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez. It’s a book that illustrates an abstract concept of peaceful protest in such a way that young children will understand.
The book contains a map of the route and notes on British India along with source notes and a bibliography.
I have a third grade teacher who likes introducing students to social justice. This book will be a good resource for him. It would also be great to use with fifth graders and their study of the causes of the America Revolution and taxation.
Title: Gandhi: A March to the Sea
Author: Alice B. McGinty
Illustrator: Thomas Gonzalez.
Reading Level: 3rd grade and up
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing
Source: Borrowed from the public library.
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