~I received I am Gandhi and I am Sacagawea for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
With 3 girls in the family and easily more than 500 books in the house I can be pretty picky about what titles we add to our collection since we only have so much space in the house. I want only the best books to overflow our shelves. One of my personal favorite series for kids is Ordinary People Change the World. These books are truly AMAZING! Each one tells the story of a famous person but with illustrations and information done with children in mind. The latest titles are I am Gandhi and I am Sacagawea.
As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He took his methods with him from South Africa back to India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed everything for India and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.
Sacagawea was the only girl, and the only Native American, to join Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, which explored the United States from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s. As a translator, she helped the team communicate with members of the Shoshone tribe across the continent, carrying her child on her back the whole way. By the time the expedition arrived at the west coast, Sacagawea had proved that she truly was a trailblazer.
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, Cow Boy, and Cosmic Commandos, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.
Big Sis and Lil Sis always enjoy reading this series. They do remember what I read because they will randomly mention a fact we learned about someone we read about weeks or even months later. Both children and adults can learn a few things when reading these books! I am Gandhi and I am Sacagawea are the latest ones to make a mark in my children’s minds as well as earn a place on our bookshelf.