Grandfather Gandhi

with audio recording

Grandfather Gandhi

Illustrated by: Evan Turk
For Ages: 4 - 8
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Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?

One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.

Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442450820 | 
  • March 2014 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile AD600L
List Price $10.99
Available on or around March 11, 2014


Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and Evan Turk on Grandfather Gandhi

Authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrator Evan Turk discuss the fascinating and inspiring story behind the creation of their book Grandfather Gandhi.

About the Authors

Arun Gandhi
Photograph courtesy of the author

Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A journalist for more than thirty years for The India Times, Arun now writes a blog for The Washington Post. Arun serves as President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students alike, about the practices of peace and nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Bethany Hegedus
Photograph © Sam Bond Photography

Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus is the author of Between Us Baxters and Truth with a Capital T. She owns The Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center in Austin, Texas, with her husband Vivek Bakshi. She teaches widely and speaks across the country. Grandfather Gandhi is her first picture book.