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The Resource Manjhi moves a mountain, by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici

Manjhi moves a mountain, by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici

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Manjhi moves a mountain
Title
Manjhi moves a mountain
Statement of responsibility
by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough."--Provided by publisher
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 3—The author of The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game brings the story of Dashrath Manjhi to life. Manjhi (1934–2007) lived in a village near Bihar, India, that was virtually cut off from the rest of the world due to its location behind a large mountain. It was a 34 mile walk to the nearest village with running water and medical facilities. As a member of the low Shudra caste, Manjhi was not seen as deserving of equal access to these services, but, driven by a desire to make life better for his fellow neighbors, he searched out a secondhand chisel and hammer and began to take down the mountain—by hand! His quest would take him 22 years and earn him ridicule from those who felt it was a fool's errand. In the end, Manjhi created a road 360 feet long that cut the journey down to nine miles. Popovici's pen and watercolor illustrations capture this poignant quest beautifully. Popovici deftly employs colors as emotions to capture Manjhi's transformation into a legend. This story will serve as a beacon for children (and adults) looking to make a real difference in their own communities, even in the face of others' disbelief and doubt. Back matter also includes a way for readers to share their own experiences with the author and other readers. VERDICT A finely illustrated true story to encourage social emotional learning that belongs in most collections.—Colleen S. Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT --Colleen S. Banick (Reviewed 09/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 9, p158)
  • One determined man brings two villages together with a hammer, chisel, and an iron will. Deep in the heart of India, a mighty mountain separates two villages. Manjhi lives on one side, where nothing grows. On the other, rice and wheat flourish. The people there are affluent, while Manjhi's village struggles with hunger. Manjhi climbs to the top of the mountain to ponder this problem. When he throws a stone, it triggers a sprinkle of powder, which gives him an idea. Manjhi trades his trio of goats for a hammer and chisel. Hurrying back to the top of the mountain, he positions the chisel and strikes it with the hammer. Powdered rock and tiny chips spray. He continues until he's exhausted, but he's also filled with hope. Even though people tell him he's "crazy," day after day Manjhi returns to the mountain. After a year, Majhi is a little stronger, and the hole he has made a little deeper. He perseveres and, when he returns to his task each day, notices that others have continued his work. It takes 22 years, but Manjhi lives to see the day that two villages become one, sharing water, hopes, and dreams. Churnin's prose has an elegance appropriate for her inspiring tale, which is based on a true story. Popovich's double-page illustrations use a warm palette and are nicely composed. Heartening. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2017)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10597121
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Churnin, Nancy
Dewey number
  • 625.7092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 5 and up
  • AD610L
  • Decoding demand: 71 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 84 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 80 (high)
  • Structure demand: 83 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Popovici, Danny
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mān̐jhī, Daśaratha
  • Mān̐jhī, Daśaratha
  • Mān̐jhī, Daśaratha
  • Excavation
  • Road construction workers
  • Persistence
  • Work ethic
  • Social service
  • Excavation
  • Road construction workers
  • Persistence
  • Work ethic
  • Social service
  • Excavation
  • Persistence
  • Road construction workers
  • Social service
  • Work ethic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Asia
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Modern
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Other
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Law & Crime / Country Life
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Asia
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Other
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Transportation
  • India
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Manjhi moves a mountain, by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1884658
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume unpaged
Isbn
9781939547347
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017011668
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colored illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781939547347
  • (OCoLC)973384624
Label
Manjhi moves a mountain, by Nancy Churnin ; illustrated by Danny Popovici
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1884658
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume unpaged
Isbn
9781939547347
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017011668
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colored illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781939547347
  • (OCoLC)973384624

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