Another book in the Magical History Tour is Volume 7’s Gandhi. As all the books (so far, and I have missed The Great Wall of China which I’m told is hard to do as it’s a big ol’ thing, and the Albert Einstein biography) this is a strong introduction to the subject and this subject is Gandhi. Of course, the people around him are also mentioned, and even others who practiced non-violence when protesting the injustices they saw, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But sometimes the people included are ones you might not be as aware of.
Fabrice Erre takes the major highlights of Gandhi’s life and explains them in ways to help understand the journey taken (literally as he left India to live in South Africa and metaphorically). There is also the side story that is happening with Nico (one of the main characters) as Annie (other main character) is narrating the account of Gandhi’s life. This connection shows how Nico can fight without physically fighting. The afterwards has mini biographies of several other leaders of the time. His wife is also included, something I have not seen in most biographies for children. The extras included at the end of the book, are just as important as the story itself. Even read the editors letter for even more fun facts.
Sylvian Savoia is back with the illustrations we have come to know and enjoy. Gandhi’s life unfolds on each page as he marches, is incarcerated, living in South America and more. The colors fit the tone of the information and are busy but not necessarily crowded.