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.
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.
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.
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The Grandfather Gandhi Readers Theater Script (Word Doc) covers the entirety of the book and is divided into six roles plus a chorus.
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Explore the Educator’s Guide for Grandfather Gandhi (created by Simon & Schuster) including:
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.)
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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.
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With much Texas-style fanfare, the Texas Book Festival announced its guests for October 2014. We pleased to announce that Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus will be special guests at this premiere literary event!
You can also listen to the “Path of Peace” event from March 2014 at Books of Wonder with authors and Bethany Hegedus and illustrator Evan Turk. Matthew Winner moderated a discussion between them and author Ilyasah Shabazz , the daughter of Malcolm X and creator of Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X.Read More
By Jessica Hincapie of The Writing Barn
This past weekend was a whirlwind of events, but there was one in particular that we here at The Barn were anxiously awaiting. On Saturday we helped Bethany Hegedus celebrate the release of her first picture book, Grandfather Gandhi. Over 150 people came out to Book People for the event and the result was awesome! If you happened to miss it, here’s a quick recap.
The event started out with traditional Indian music by Ustad Nizami, a “17th-generation Pakistani sitar scholar who’s performed for every foreign dignitary from Nelson Mandela to Queen Elizabeth.” Guests could listen to the musical stylings of Ustad and his son while enjoying an array of Indian treats. The samosas from Asiana were out of this world and did not last long.
There were henna tattoos and prizes for the kids, along with featured artwork done by kids from the Khabele School here in Austin, TX. A few of those students got to participate in a Readers’ Theatre, performing, Grandfather Gandhi for the audience, followed by a signing. And did I mention the cake! Akiko White, a San Antonio-based illustrator and cake-maker extraordinaire made the coolest-looking cake for the party. It was also pretty delicious.
The event was a great success. Special thanks to photographer Dave Wilson for helping us capture the awesome event, and a thank you for all the people who showed up and made the afternoon truly memorable. If you haven’t already picked up your copy of Grandfather Gandhi, you really should–it is a beautiful book with a lesson people of all ages can appreciate.Read More