Review: A Taste of Freedom

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A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March

Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Illustrator: Giuliano Ferri

Published in 2014 by Walker Books for Young Readers

A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March is an inspiring and beautifully crafted book that tells the story of Gandhi and the Salt March for independence from British rule. The story is told through the perspective of a young Indian boy who joins Gandhi for his peaceful, nonviolent protest in hopes of reclaiming India’s right to harvest salt. For many days and many nights, the determined crowd marches to the sea to make their own salt in opposition to being forced to purchase salt from the British. The text is understandable and easy to follow for young readers, offering a stellar introduction to Gandhi and his peaceful legacy. Warm watercolor and colored pencil illustrations depict the life changing journey. An afterword at the conclusion of the book explains more about the Salt March and how India did not gain official independence from British rule until 17 years later.

Additional Resources:

Salt March facts and summary from the History Channel:

“Remembering Gandhi’s Salt March” from the History Channel:

Salt March explanation and images from Kiddle:

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