Continue the March!
Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince
Author Richard Michelson draws a brilliant parallel in this gorgeous picture book.
The first portion of the book focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.s childhood. It touches on his sense of injustice at the whites only signs at public pools, restrooms, and drinking fountains. It tells about the way his parents encouraged him, telling him he was as good as anybody. It talks of his push for justice and equal rights.
The book shifts focus to Heschels childhood in Europe, where Jews were barred from public places, forced to stop attending school, and generally treated as though they didnt deserve to breathe. It depicts the encouragement that Heschel was offered by his parents, who also told him he was as good as anybody. It shows why he later answered Martin Luther King Jr.s call for action.
The book then blends the lives of these two strong men and shows how they marched side-by-side through the streets, crying out for freedom and equality.
Raul Colons colored pencil and watercolor illustrations offer rich texture and patterns that pull readers right into the pages of the book. The thumbprint-like, whirling movements draw the eye through the action-packed pages and heighten the sense of urgency. These illustrations push readers forward through the story. On quieter pages, small details give pause that allow readers time to take in and appreciate each scene. The illustrators bio at the back of the book discusses his choice of palettes to distinguish each mans story.
I absolutely love the way this book illustrates how important it is for people to continue the march-to recognize and speak out when they see injustice.
Off to turn another page....