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As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and…

As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's…

by Richard Michelson

Other authors: Raul Colon (Illustrator)

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Perfect book for comparing and contrasting. This book is powerful in so many different ways. Its goes beyond what we typically read about MLK. It delves into the unity of two different culture that come together for a common cause
  ccsdss | Feb 8, 2016 |
A preacher from Georgia, a rabbi from Poland, and a truckload of injustice. As Good as Anybody tells the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and his struggle for equality in America, of Abraham Joshua Heschel searching for freedom from Nazi Germany, and how these two men came together to fight for a common cause. Everyone in America grow up learning about Martin Luther King Jr., but very little know the story about Abraham Heschel. As good as anybody does a fantastic job of bringing the two together and introducing the world to a little known hero. The way this book is organized is great. There is no confusion on which character is being taled about, because the reader learns about them separately, than about their journey together. Written with conviction and ease, this book is great for readers of all ages. ( )
  amberloposser | Jan 17, 2016 |
What a wonderfully written, heartwarming biography of Abraham Heshel and Martin Luther King. The book begins with each civil liberty leader's childhood, and thus allows children to connect with the leaders in their youth. I will use this book in my social studies unit planning ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
As Good as Anybody is a charming creative history picture book that parallels the lives of Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Joshua Heschel. The book creates the parallel through the use of repetitive statements, the use of a timeline that begins when both men were boys and follows them through to their later relationship as social movement activists and the use of a similar tone of melodically enticing writing throughout each story and then in the culmination of their story when they marched together. For example, the repetition of the title quote "As Good as Anybody" during emotionally relevant periods in both young men's lives and then later in the speeches they gave to garner support emotionally and physically for their beliefs.
In a society of commercialism where MLK day has become another excuse for sales at your local mall it is nice to read a book that tries to give an account that shows through beautiful, soft illustrations and emotionally charged words that there is a greater significance we need to be focused on when celebrating such an illustrious figure's life and contribution to the way that we see each other.
While the book is mainly a suppositional rendering of both men's timeline by the author in respect to dialogue and minute details of the events that shaped both men's lives, it does achieve both an emotional response from the reader and a general picture of the events which lead to Martin Luther King and Abraham Heschel's meeting and subsequent relationship. A relationship that brought together different ethnic groups in America (in this case a Southern Black man and a Jewish Rabbi) to march for a common cause that had been neglected, ignored, or furiously segregated -- the right of every man to be free and equal because we are all just As Good as Anybody.
As far as classroom significance, I think that the initial emotional response that students will have to words like "you are as good as anybody" and "in the next world..." which are repeated in both stories will garner lively discussion because they do "feel" as if they encompass everyone. Also, topics about why stories like Heschel and King's are significant to us now and what we can learn from them. Not hard questions or even original, but lively ones that can translate from a kindergarten class to a middle school or even high school (with some extra reading involved) because there are still issues of segregation, prejudice, and bullying that students have to deal with today. ( )
  abrinkman | Jan 21, 2013 |
As Good as Anybody is the story of two leaders who experience racism on opposite sides of the globe. The story begins by describing the struggle that Martin Luther King, Jr. experienced in his quest to gain equal rights for African Americans in America. It gave us a glimpse into his childhood, and how it may have influenced his future as a civil rights leader. On the other side of the world, Abraham Joshua Heschel was experiencing his own form of discrimination. The Jews were being sent to concentration camps after being treated as second-class citizens. In an effort to make life better for his mother, Abraham decided to go to America. He had heard that people were treated fairly there. Once there he realized that African Americans were experiencing discrimination, and he quickly joined Martin to fight this injustice. This book contained a parallel perspective into the lives of both men. It contained repetition. Teaching ideas would included 3-6 grade, especially a social studies class. The illustrations were beautiful. They were done in soft muted water colors which help capture the somber mood of the subject matter. I like the way the author began the book with two quotes, one from Martin and one from Abraham. I’m not sure how credible the author is though. The book did not have any additional information letting the reader know how the author knew about the lives of the characters. ( )
  lalfonso | Jan 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375833358, Hardcover)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Their names stand for the quest for justice and equality.

Martin grew up in a loving family in the American South, at a time when this country was plagued by racial discrimination. He aimed to put a stop to it. He became a minister like his daddy, and he preached and marched for his cause.

Abraham grew up in a loving family many years earlier, in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. He found a new home in America, where he became a respected rabbi like his father, carrying a message of peace and acceptance.

Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.

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The story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.

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