In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeuously illustrated by Evan Turk.
At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.
How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wastefulness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others. And in time he comes to understand the truth of his grandfather’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
The team behind 2014's Grandfather Gandhi returns with a second real-life story drawn from Arun Gandhi's time at the Sevagram ashram with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. After Arun tosses away a pencil nub in defiance of the ashram's vow not to waste, it leads to an in-depth exploration of the connections between waste and violence. The story culminates with the "Be the change" phrase widely attributed to Gandhi, though actually coined by Arun to represent his grandfather's ideals. As in the previous books, Turk's mixed-media images create a vibrant, dazzlingly imagined backdrop for the weighty philosophical discussions at play. Ages 4 8. Authors' agent: Alexandra Penfold, Upstart Crow Literary. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.