The Rabbi and the Reverend
Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight against Silence
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, he did not stand alone. He was joined by Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a refugee from Nazi Germany, who also addressed the crowd. Though Rabbi Prinz and Dr. King came from very different backgrounds, they were united by a shared belief in justice. And they knew that remaining silent in the face of injustice was wrong. Together, they spoke up and fought for a better future.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Bank Street School of Education Best Children's Books of the Year list
The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight Against Silence (by Audrey Ades with illustrations by Chiara Fedele) introduces both Joachim Prinz (1902-1988)—who, like Einstein, was born in Germany and came to the United States in the 1930s—and the iconic Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), and leads up to their appearance together on the National Mall in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.
“Ades’ book is a timely corrective to the often strained relations between America’s Jewish and Black communities.” — Marjorie Gann, retired teacher; co-author (with Janet Willen) of Five Thousand Years of Slavery and Speak a Word for Freedom:Women Against Slavery (Tundra/Penguin Random House) Toronto, Canada, AJL Newsletter
School Library Connection
“The subdued tones and unfinished lines of the drawings add to the seriousness and reflect the unfinished nature of the subject.” — Jolene C. DeFranco, Librarian, Lexington Creek Elementary, Missouri City, Texas, School Library Connection
Jewish Book Council
This emotional picture book captures two different men who share the same plea: do not be silent about injustice! They are from different countries, with differing backgrounds, and have faced different dangers that have turned the scars they bear into activist outreach imploring the world to stand up. Both men become religious leaders whose speeches make them famous. Joachim Prinz from Germany and Martin Luther King, Jr. from the United States have personally experienced the pain that fuels their messages.
In The Rabbi and the Reverend, Prinz immigrates to America, hoping to gain safety and freedom. Instead, he finds many people suffering from racism, which denies the very values he believes America champions. He speaks out against social injustice and asks Americans not to be quiet about this terrible inequality. King has faced discrimination for years but now wants his people to speak out, to stop being silent, to claim their birthright as equal citizens.
Each man hears about the other; they meet and they are drawn together by their shared message. They appear together in public to fight for Civil Rights. They speak at the National Mall at a massive rally. King gives his famous “I Have a Dream” speech; Prinz pleads for an end to silence. They go to the White House.
Sophisticated illustrations in a muted pallet and in an eye-catching layout evoke these great men to young readers. The book includes a timeline, a glossary, and a short bibliography. Readers will find hope in the messages they share and in memories of the Rabbi and the Reverend.
Author: Audrey Ades
Audrey Ades grew up in New England and holds degrees in theater and psychology. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son, and persnickety Pomeranian, Cookie.
Illustrator: Chiara Fedele
Chiara Fedele was born in Milan, where she attended the Brera Academy. Her illustrations have appeared in many picture books, including Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam and The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight Against Silence. Chiara also teaches drawing and painting techniques. She lives in Pavia, Italy.
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