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Grandfather Gandhi at Unity Church

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Grandfather Gandhi at Unity Church

Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus share the path of publication for Grandfather Gandhi and the experience of living as light at Sunday services at the Unity Church of the Hills. Beautiful artwork and animation transitions by illustrator Evan...

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Connecting 4 Literacy

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Connecting 4 Literacy

In January 2015, Bethany Hegedus will be sharing Grandfather Gandhi and participating in the Connect 4 Literacy grant between several AISD schools and the Austin Public Library. This is a grant funded through the Central Texas Library System to promote literacy and partnerships between schools and public libraries to increase literacy levels of students. These programs are not open to the public but rather are an intimate gathering with students to promote a love of learning and reading with their school community. Exact dates of the author visits appear under the Appearances page on this website. Bethany, Arun Gandhi, and Evan Turk are truly honored that the Austin Public Library has chosen their picture book Grandfather Gandhi. Shine on and Live as...

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Schools to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Schools to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

October 2, 2014 marks the 145th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Schools over the United States will be reading the Grandfather Gandhi “Live Your Life as Light” Pledge over morning announcements to celebrate his contributions to the world. TAKE THE PLEDGE Schools may print a copy for each student (Color PDF) to sign below and/or visit this page to tell the world that their classroom has taken the pledge as a whole. I pledge to listen to my anger, to see what it has to teach me. I pledge to not bully or cause harm, with words or with weapons. I pledge to look for the light, to see it in every situation. I pledge to find my own unique tools and talents. I pledge to forgive myself and others. I pledge to live my life as light.   Other schools will be celebrating using the other classroom and library tools created for the book Grandfather Gandhi. BOOK TRAILER Introduce the book with this short video produced by the book’s illustrator, Evan Turk and featuring the voices of authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus. Watch YouTube Video READERS THEATER The Grandfather Gandhi Readers Theater Script (Word Doc) covers the entirety of the book and is divided into six roles plus a chorus. Download, Print, & Share EDUCATORS GUIDE Explore the Educator’s Guide for Grandfather Gandhi (created by Simon & Schuster) including: Background information on Mahatma Gandhi Discussion questions including a Decision Tree Vocabulary Nonfiction text features How illustration informs the text Writing exercises Download & Explore MEET THE CREATORS Watch an interview with authors Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and illustrator Evan Turk.  (A video from Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi about the book and the AISD program will be available by January 1, 2015.) Watch YouTube Video HANDS-ON ACTIVITY With the Grandfather Gandhi Spinning Wheel Activity (B&W PDF) students can experience a hands-on activity that mimics the working of Gandhi’s spinning wheel.  The soothing humming of the spinning wheel allows students time to consider the choice of lightning or lamp.  Download , Print & Share  ...

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Booktalking Grandfather Gandhi

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Booktalking Grandfather Gandhi

We wanted to share NYPL Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Bird’s thoughts about book talking Grandfather Gandhi.  Read her full review of the book in her Fuse #8 post. “Are you familiar with the concept of booktalking? It’s a technique librarians developed to get people interested in books they might otherwise not pick up. The whole concept is to develop a kind of movie trailer style talk that gives a sense of the book’s allure without giving up the plot. Typically booktalking is done for middle grade and young adult works of fiction, but enterprising souls have had a lot of luck with nonfiction as well. Now with an increased interest in nonfiction in our schools it’s more important than ever to make the books we hawk sound particularly good. It doesn’t hurt matters any when the books actually ARE good, though. Now let’s say I’m standing in front of a room of second and third graders with a copy of Grandfather Gandhi in my hands. How do I sell this book to them? Easy peasy. Some books practically booktalk themselves. Here’s how you sell it: “Have any of you ever heard of Einstein? Yes? He’s the guy that was a total genius. Now imagine you’re his grandkid and you’re not that smart. Okay now, have any of you heard of the Beatles. Yes? Well imagine you’re one of THEIR grandkids . . . and you’re bad at music. Now here’s the big one. Has anyone heard of Gandhi? He was a great guy. He managed to free his country and stop a lot of oppression and he did it without any violence at all. Martin Luther King Jr. got some of his ideas from Gandhi about nonviolence. All right, well, now let’s image you are Gandhi, the most peaceful man IN THE WORLD’s grandson. What if you get mad? Can you imagine what it would be like to have everyone whispering every time you got a little steamed about something?” So there you go. Quick. Simple. To the point. I’ve met a fair number of picture book memoirs in my day, but Grandfather Gandhi may well be my favorite. Smartly written with an unusual hook and art that will just knock your socks off, this is one title you are going to have to see firsthand for...

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“We arrived at Sevagram…

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “We arrived at Sevagram…

  ….grandfather’s service village, dusty and dirty.”

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“Grandfather gathered us…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Grandfather gathered us…

…to him in a big hug. He smelled of peanut oil.”

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