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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk is a treat and thought provoking.  This story tells about Arun Gandhi and a time he stayed with his grandfather.  It covers a topic that probably comes up in every house at some time: anger.  Grandfather explains in a story how we all feel anger; it can strike like lightning.  
The illustrations for this book were rendered watercolor, paper collage, cotton fabric, cotton yarn, gouache, pencil, tea, and tin foil.  The art is breathtaking. It is realistic, surreal, and shadowed perfectly.  The use of purple, many different shades of brown, and the fabric really bring out the reds, oranges, and other paper collage.  I'm not doing justice to mixture of reality and surreal, you'll have to take a look for yourself to see what I mean.
This title I'd use with Kindergarten and older school-age children.  A great book to recommend for anger management, Gandhi, or grandparents.

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