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A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March



by
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
illustrated by
Guiliano Ferri

Edition
Reinforced trade edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Walker
ISBN
9780802794703

Awards and Honors
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People - 2015, Kindergarten to Second Grade
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

A boy in Aslali, India, listens to Mahatma Gandhi speak, telling the crowd that the way they “will fight the British without hurting them is by using salt.” Afterword. Further reading and Web-site resources. Full-color illustrations, created with watercolor and colored pencil. Map. Black-and-white photograph of Gandhi.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

F

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

May 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). Civil disobedience. Nonviolence. History of India, British occupation, 1765-1947.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Children will be inspired by this story of standing up for one’s rights and working with others toward a common goal. Just as the “small but determined man” known as Mahatma is able to effect lasting change through nonviolent protest, the young protagonist of the story becomes part of something much bigger by joining the march for freedom.
  • In vivid, atmospheric illustrations, clouds of reddish dust rise up behind the train of Gandhi’s followers. Hazy, feverish backgrounds reflect a nation’s smoldering sense of hope, and an old man’s memories of the tumultuous days of his childhood.
  • With its themes of nonviolent resistance—Gandhi forbids his followers from taking a single British life in the struggle for independence—A Taste of Freedom serves as a valuable companion piece to picture books about America’s civil rights movement. Though many kids may know Gandhi as the thin, grandfatherly voice of peace, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel provides a much-needed introduction to the man’s activist work and philosophy.

School Library Journal

This account of the Salt March of 1930 is told through the eyes of a fictional Indian boy who, moved by Gandhi’s words and actions, joins the protest against British rule of India. The Mahatma leads people on a nearly 250-mile march to the sea to gather the salt that is so precious but is controlled and sold by the British Empire. Gandhi promises not to fight and to use only peaceful means to achieve independence from colonial rule. When the world eventually takes notice of his nonviolent methods, the movement gains strength and support. The afterword describes how it would take another 17 years before the country was completely free, but emphasizes that the Salt March was an important early step. The story is inspiring and effective, a thoughtful introduction to Gandhi and his legacy. Lovely watercolor and colored pencil illustrations set the mood, depicting scenes from the narrative that provide perspective and context for this important event. Share this title alongside other biographies for young readers, such as Demi’s Gandhi (S & S, 2001) or Alice B. McGinty’s Gandhi: A March to the Sea (Amazon, 2013), for a more complete picture of his peaceful efforts towards Indian independence. A fine supplement to any collection.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Children will be inspired by this story of standing up for one’s rights and working with others toward a common goal. Just as the “small but determined man” known as Mahatma is able to effect lasting change through nonviolent protest, the young protagonist of the story becomes part of something much bigger by joining the march for freedom.
  • In vivid, atmospheric illustrations, clouds of reddish dust rise up behind the train of Gandhi’s followers. Hazy, feverish backgrounds reflect a nation’s smoldering sense of hope, and an old man’s memories of the tumultuous days of his childhood.
  • With its themes of nonviolent resistance—Gandhi forbids his followers from taking a single British life in the struggle for independence—A Taste of Freedom serves as a valuable companion piece to picture books about America’s civil rights movement. Though many kids may know Gandhi as the thin, grandfatherly voice of peace, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel provides a much-needed introduction to the man’s activist work and philosophy.

School Library Journal

This account of the Salt March of 1930 is told through the eyes of a fictional Indian boy who, moved by Gandhi’s words and actions, joins the protest against British rule of India. The Mahatma leads people on a nearly 250-mile march to the sea to gather the salt that is so precious but is controlled and sold by the British Empire. Gandhi promises not to fight and to use only peaceful means to achieve independence from colonial rule. When the world eventually takes notice of his nonviolent methods, the movement gains strength and support. The afterword describes how it would take another 17 years before the country was completely free, but emphasizes that the Salt March was an important early step. The story is inspiring and effective, a thoughtful introduction to Gandhi and his legacy. Lovely watercolor and colored pencil illustrations set the mood, depicting scenes from the narrative that provide perspective and context for this important event. Share this title alongside other biographies for young readers, such as Demi’s Gandhi (S & S, 2001) or Alice B. McGinty’s Gandhi: A March to the Sea (Amazon, 2013), for a more complete picture of his peaceful efforts towards Indian independence. A fine supplement to any collection.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

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