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As Good as Anybody

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jul 31, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish

Format: Picture book
Age level: Elementary
Protagonist: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel

This is a very unique story that tells of how Abraham Joshua Heschel came to the aid of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the time of the civil rights march in Selma. It begins the book with Martin as a child, and then it tells the story of Joshua as a child. It moves on to tell about their lives as grownups, up until the point where their paths cross. There ar
Jun 27, 2012 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
This is targeted at an audience young to older, grades 1st-6th. This book tells about to great men in different parts of the world that speak and live the same dream. This will keep kids involved by how these two men end up coming together even though one has the freedom now but helps the other stand up for whats right. Sydney Taylor Book Award 2009
Jan 10, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Read for our study on Martin Luther King Jr. Really liked this book and learning about Abraham Joshua Heschel in it..krb 1/10/17
Made me cry. Powerful book!
Jul 15, 2014 Tam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holiday, educational
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Paul Farbman
Feb 21, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Third Grade level
This is a wonderful story of both African American and Jewish civil rights. It is a 2009 winner of the Sydney Taylor award. This story follows the lives of two different American civil rights' leaders. One, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was an African American Baptist minister, and the other, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, was a Polish American immigrant.

The story begins by telling the tale of Martin's experiences with segregation in the South. It discusses how his parents' outlook guided him to b
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd heard, of course, of Martin Luther King Jr., but was unfamiliar with Abraham Joshua Heschel. In this book, Richard Michelsen describes how the two men grew up in parallel situations and facing the same kinds of prejudice and hatred, Martin in the Jim Crow South, and Abraham in Nazi Germany. The two came together almost inevitably in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, and marched together for equal voting rights for all Americans. Michelsen's text, easy enough for beginning readers to manage on their ow ...more
Mikayla Baker
This book starts with the story of Martin Luther King Jr. He begins as a small boy who does not think it is fair that he does not have all the same rights as WHITE people. His mom said it will be different in the next world, but he wanted it to be different now. He began going around the country speaking out. Then it goes on to tell the story of Abraham Joshua Heschel. He is a Jew living in Europe during the time of Hitler. He also believes that it is not fair and wants to do something about it. ...more
Diana Hanke
Dec 07, 2009 Diana Hanke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the story of two distinct and unique men who eventually joined forces in an actual display against prejudice. Each man's story is presented separately with a focus on their childhood and the influence of their fathers followed by their adult life and work. These stories then culminate in a description of the march for equal rights which brought them together. Both experienced prejudice and felt a compelling need to reverse the injustice that they both experienced. The story is ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This books helps bring more facts in to the Civil Rights Movement and what it was all about for Dr. King. Martin and Abraham grew up angry at the wrongs being done to groups of people. They both took action to help people be kind, loving and all inclusive. Martin worked with the African-Americans and Abraham worked with the Jews. But they came together to march for freedom and equal rights. Their goal was for all people and all groups to join forces and peacefully march for voting rights. This f ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes on a new and unique look at Dr. Martin Luther King's marches for equality. This book shows that people beyond the African American culture understood and supported the plight of the African American's. The story begins with the familiar tale of Dr. Martin Luther King. Then it talks about Abraham Joshua Heschel who also suffered prejudice in Warsaw, Poland during the time of Hitler. He came to America for freedom and here he spoke out for peace and equal rights for everyone.

This i
Audience-Kindergarten-3rd grade students, students of any ethic background, African American students, students interested in the civil rights movement, classroom teachers, and librarians

Appeal- This book documents the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's life in a very kid-friendly way. It gives valuable background of Martin and Abraham's experiences as children, which essentially shows why both of these men felt the need to stand up and fight for what they believed in
Mar 25, 2010 Emilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book touched my heart. 2 men treated unfairly coming together to fight for their freedom.
A Jew a Black their story.

"I solemnly pledge to uphold the fair name of the Jews. Not only because we need their friendship, and surely we do, but mainly because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all." -Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

"100 years ago, the emanicipation was proclaimed. It is time for the white man to strive for self-emanicpation, to set himself free of bigotry." -Rabbi Abraham Joshu
Jun 23, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of two men--Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel--and their fight against racism. The story follows their lives from childhood into adulthood. I like how the author writes about both boys, even echoes the same themes in their upbringing. Both boys admired their fathers, and followed in their footsteps. Both fathers advised their boys to take the higher ground and to not take revenge against the evil they see around them. The parallel storylines, and then their conv ...more
Mary Ann
I liked this book - it shows, very simply, how Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel were both striving for a better, more just world. This picture book follows Martin and Abraham as children discovering the injustice in the world. But both of their fathers told them that this is not the way the world has to be - we can make it a better place. As King says, “The way things are is not the way they always have to be.” And as Heschel says “Words must be followed by deeds.” I would say the b ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met the author when I was in Atlanta. My second graders LOVED this book. One American black boy, Martin, who lived in Atlanta - His white friends no longer wanted to play with him. One German, Jewish white boy, Joshua, living in Poland, suffering the verbal abuses of his peers. Both parents comfort them by telling them, "You're as good as anybody." They grow up with prejudice and hatred. Martin becomes a preacher. Joshua becomes a rabbi. Joshua escapes from Poland and joins Martin in the march ...more
Caitlin Harris
I read As Good as Anybody by Richard Michelson and I LOVED it. This book tells about Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. I really liked how this book told about civil rights in America and also the fight for Civil Rights during World War 2 for the Jews. It tells about how the two men unite to fight for equality and to be treated like they are "as good as anybody." The story was beautifully written and it would be a very useful book to have in a classroom. You could use this book i ...more
Michelson draws parallels between the upbringings, struggles, and values of 1960's civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in this well-illustrated picture book. The somber tone echoes that of Doreen Rappaport's excellent My Friend Martin as a narrator describes harsh realities in the lives of both men and how they led to understanding and mutual respect. Raul Colon's mixed-media illustrations in earth tones and blues deepen the story's sense of history and ...more
Bailey Forkner
I was VERY moved by this book. It is a fantastic read, and is perfect to read to children to give them an idea of what discrimination is like, that it is wrong, and that there ARE people standing up for it. It tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's march toward freedom. Their stories are told separately, and you immediately notice the similarities between their two stories, but then towards the end they join forces, and it tells of what they accomplished together. ...more
Michael Moriarty
Audience: 2nd to 4th Grade and a good tool for librarians teaching biography.

Appeal: The cover and the illustraions are very vivid in color and they look like crayon drawings that will appeal to this grade group. The story matches the pictures well and the text is not hard to understand, it is written in a way that quite a bit of information is condensed into a moving, informtive story. Good descriptions of the important events in the life of Dr. King and his inner feelings.

Awards: Sydney Taylor
the artwork is beautiful, the story familiar but jarring. What a timely reminder for all of us that injustice still exists and that we must continue marching to combat it. Sadly, it made me think of some of our current candidates for president--the ones who claim to be people of faith but still spew hatred and discrimination from their podiums. As long as inequality exists (and it is thriving), people of faith must follow the example of Martin and Abraham.
This book is awesome because it celebrates how two movements can work together - in this case, the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his collaboration with members of the anti-Semitism movement. I think many Americans perceive the Civil Rights Movement as something that was driven in isolation by African Americans, and I think that denigrates the movement as a whole. This book gives a larger picture.
Elissa L
Parallels the story of MLK with that of his little-known ally, Abraham Joshua Heschel. Awesome because it reveals how both men experienced injustice as children--as black & Jewish--and grew up determined to change things. The narrative of their childhoods is deliberately parallel. Awesome illustrations by a Latino from NYC make this book a truly multicultural work of love.
A very approachable story for early childhood, it tells the basic story of MLK's life; also includes background of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish immigrant who fled Hitler in Poland and marched with Dr. King. No details about the death of Dr. King; some graphic images of dogs attacking protestors.
Feb 27, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but especially those who are looking for books to inspire activism in the very young
This book is the most inspiring book about activism that I've read for children. Most kid's books about activists just tell about what a certain person did, they don't particularly inspire the reader to do anything. This book is amazing and gorgeous and talks about the importance of uniting all oppressed people even though the come from different backgrounds.
Audience: It looks like a picture book and there are a lot of pictures but there are also a lot of words too. This book tells a great story of equality but it’s for third grade and up.

Appeal: The story is an amazing story I loved reading this book. It has good pictures and tells another side of equality.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2009
Aug 07, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Good as Anybody is a beautifully written true story about two men from different backgrounds coming together to march for equality for all; Martin Luther King, Jr. born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and Abraham Joshua Heschel born in 1901 in Warsaw, Poland. Both men faced discriminated for different reasons in different parts of the world yet found friendship and respect in each other.
Apr 25, 2010 Kennedi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and how it shows that those most discriminated against are just like anyone else. It talks about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel and their march toward freedom. It gives children the opportunity to learn about a crucial time in our history in a simple, yet factual way. I would definitely recommend this book.
Jan 20, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. This book merges the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The first half of the book covers MLK's boyhood up to the point of his famous march. At that point, it breaks off and tells the story of Heschel. The book joins them up at the end as they marched together for a common purpose. Excellent message and illustrations.
Jan 16, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a simple, powerful book just perfect for Martin Luther King Day. I choked up at the end. Tommy was fascinated, especially when I told him this was a true story. He had so many questions and I felt American and Christian inside as I taught him about equality, civil rights, and respect for all.
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