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.
The book does a wonderful job showing the humanity in both men, illustrating their humble beginnings as angry and confused children in a world that neither understood. I think this is one of the forgotten aspects of many of the great biographies, which spend so much time emphasizing greatness, they never delve into how easily great things can happen to ordinary people that refuse to accept things as they are.
The most adorable part of the book is where Abraham Heschel's father hid candies in the books his son would study to emphasize what a treat learning is. I might use this someday.
I would recommend this book for ages 6-11.
This book ties in themes of
As Good as Anybody is a great book that is accessible to many age levels, from kindgergarten through middle school. The pictures are beautiful and add to the overall sentiment of the book.
The book's main goal is to give a brief overview of the civil rights movement. For younger audiences, this brevity may be ideal. However, it is important to supplement the children's knowledge through other means, less they miss key information.
Overall, "As Good as Anybody" is a well-written and illustrated work that could be used to introduce Martin Luther King Jr. and/or the civil rights movement to children. More in-depth probing should be done as a follow-up if this is your book of choice, though.
As a middle school Social Studies teacher, I could utilize the book as an introduction to Civil Rights. Additionally,the story line can be used to introduce a compare and contrast between the opinions within the U.S. general public versus the Anti-Nazi sentiment worldwide. Why was discrimination rampant in the United States while the military was attempting to eliminate persecution in Europe?
This book is definitely a must read for everyone. In a classroom,
In a classroom, this can be used to personalize the facts of the Civil Rights Movement that middle schoolers have been hearing their whole lives. It will also give a glimpse into the holocaust that they will be learning in the near future. It can also be used to show how we all undergo similar things and should work together to improve life for everyone.
I thought it covered very important historical information about both individuals lives.
Repetition, simplistic language, historical facts, fictional dialogue, and beautiful illustrations reveal to the reader how injustice can be inflicted against anyone in this world and that the truth of the matter is that we are all God's children and are as good as anybody else on earth. It is truly a nonfiction book that encompasses many writing features of good fictional literature.
As a future middle school English teacher, I would utilize this book in my class to not only address the often controversial topic of discrimination, but also to study about people who made a significant, positive difference in the world in an effort to thwart such negative attitudes some people may have toward their fellow man. I believe the best way to present As Good as Anybody is simply to read the book to my class while displaying its illustrations on a digital projector, so that the students have the opportunity to connect what is being read to the pictures depicting the text. This was the method demonstrated by my professor in a classroom of adult students and it was very entertaining, as well as moving; proving the notion that no matter how old the listener, many people enjoy being read to and are likely to retain the information presented. I would recommend this book because it reveals in a simplistic, yet interesting way the truth about the hurt caused by discrimination and the ignorance behind its existence.
Even though this book is intended for young people, I think it would be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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.
On March 21, 1965, Abraham Joshua Heschel, a prominent Rabbi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, long a proponent of rights for blacks, joined hands to cross the
Heschel came to America, fleeing the hatred of Jews at the hands of the brutal Nazi's. Sadly, while he escaped, his family was murdered in the Holocaust.
MLK, Jr. was a very strong leader and advocate for the rights of blacks...and all.
Both men were told by their father's when they were little, "You are as good as anybody." With that in mind, arms were linked and the long journey continued.