Taste of Freedom : Gandhi and the Great Salt March
by Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody; Ferri, Guiliano (ILT)

An old man in India recalls how, when he was a young boy, he got his first taste of freedom as he and his brother joined the great Muhatma Gandhi on a march to the sea to make salt, in defiance of British law.

ELIZABETH CODY KIMMEL has published over thirty books for children and young adults, including My Penguin Osbert, Legend of the Ghost Dog, the Suddenly Supernatural series, and Boy on the Lion Throne, a young adult biography of the Dalai Lama. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley. www.codykimmel.com

GIULIANO FERRI's books have been published in six countries and have been translated into several languages. He lives in Pesaro, Italy, with his wife and child.

Kimmel and Ferri offer an inspirational look at Mahatma Gandhi's 1930 Salt March, told from the point of view of a young boy who joins him on the journey. The British Raj forbids the age-old practice of gathering salt from the sea, insisting that it be purchased from British factories instead. Gandhi walks to the sea to defy the law with his satyagrahis (truth force), collecting hundreds of thousands of followers along the 240 mile route and launching the nonviolent movement that would eventually see India's independence. Kimmel's reverent fictionalized account celebrates the man known as "the Great Soul," communicating the depth of his spirit and its profound resonance with his people. And Ferri's warm, full-bleed watercolor and colored-pencil images reflect a sense of adoring wonder. An afterword fills in the factual details, and suggestions for further reading conclude. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

An old man recalls the extraordinary time when, as a young boy, he joined an older brother in following Mahatma Gandhi on his long march to gather salt from the sea. Kimmel's simple storytelling is pitched for quite young listeners. The boy's awareness of powerful secrets and whispered conversations among his father and uncles fuels his interest in Gandhi's arrival in his village. Gandhi plans to free India from British rule "without hitting or hurting the British soldiers," and the boy wants to know how that could be done. Zaccheus-like, he climbs a tree to get a glimpse of the man leading more than 100 followers as people bow and throw flowers at Gandhi's feet: "The Great Soul has come to Aslali." The sense of something big is conveyed well, though the urgent need for change is only outlined. "Now my mother must buy her salt from the British," explains the boy: The people "…are angry at the Raj; they are tired of the unfair laws." Though so much more than salt was at stake, even the afterword, detailing the history of Gandhi's nonviolent opposition to British rule, only hints at the full story. Ferri's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are full of warmth and immediacy-the young protagonist is on every spread. A gentle introduction to Gandhi's remarkable work. (map, resource list). (Picture book. 4-9) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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