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Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year a world apart. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity. This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams.

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Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year a world apart. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity. This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams.

30 review for Martin & Anne, The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Quick: Make a list of all the things you think Martin Luther King and Anne Frank have in common. I think almost everyone can see some connections. But this book, written by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg, highlights how they were essentially kindred spirits, to encourage us to join them in their quest, founded in these notions: Love is stronger than hate and Kindness can heal the world. You don't need a degree in philosophy to live that kind of life. This book begins with a fact t Quick: Make a list of all the things you think Martin Luther King and Anne Frank have in common. I think almost everyone can see some connections. But this book, written by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg, highlights how they were essentially kindred spirits, to encourage us to join them in their quest, founded in these notions: Love is stronger than hate and Kindness can heal the world. You don't need a degree in philosophy to live that kind of life. This book begins with a fact that I did not know, that Martin and Anne were both born the same year, 1929, on different sides of the ocean. Both were murdered because of their identities, but they are also known everywhere for their words of peace. The real strength of this book is that the wonderful illustrations reinforce the positive focus of the book, emphasizing light and color and movement. We'll need books like this as we move forward as reminders of our potentially better selves. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were born just months apart in 1929, and the marking of their ninetieth birthdays is a perfect time for publication of Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, a picture book dual biography by award-winning children’s author Nancy Churnin. Besides the closeness of their birth dates, Martin and Anne shared many other similarities, including victimization by prejudice, writing abilities that first provided solace to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were born just months apart in 1929, and the marking of their ninetieth birthdays is a perfect time for publication of Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, a picture book dual biography by award-winning children’s author Nancy Churnin. Besides the closeness of their birth dates, Martin and Anne shared many other similarities, including victimization by prejudice, writing abilities that first provided solace to themselves but eventually enlightened millions of others, and early deaths at the hands of persecutors. Churnin explains these parallels in captivating language that reveals the comparable temperaments of Martin and Anne as young children, teenagers, and for Martin, young adulthood. The production aspects of Martin & Anne are especially attractive. The distinctive binding makes the book seem slightly more formal than most picture books, although Yevgenia Nayberg’s illustrations will intrigue young readers. In Nayberg’s paintings, Martin and Anne are recognizable as themselves, but they also seem archetypal, representing not just the living, breathing Martin and Anne but also all that they have come to symbolize. While Martin & Anne is necessarily somber in places, it is far from gloomy. Nancy Churnin deftly keeps the focus on positive aspects of the subjects’ lives, including perseverance, courage, and dedication to education. The book ends on a particularly uplifting note that extends the similarities between Martin and Anne to all children. The time for Martin & Anne is right now, and their parallel story can be a valuable, satisfying addition to school, library, and home bookshelves.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Excellent picture book! I didn’t realize Martin and Anne were born in the same year, and my learning about these two characters in this dual biography just grew from there. I loved that the book encouraged its readers to look for the good in others through kindness and love. The illustrations are gorgeous, full of light and bright colors, focusing on the hope that sprung from their lives (instead of their deaths). With themes of perseverance, courage, and hope, I’ll definitely read this one for Excellent picture book! I didn’t realize Martin and Anne were born in the same year, and my learning about these two characters in this dual biography just grew from there. I loved that the book encouraged its readers to look for the good in others through kindness and love. The illustrations are gorgeous, full of light and bright colors, focusing on the hope that sprung from their lives (instead of their deaths). With themes of perseverance, courage, and hope, I’ll definitely read this one for #classroombookaday with my fourth and fifth grade readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Meyer

    Nancy Churnin's picture book, Martin & Anne: Kindred Spirits, draws a parallel between the lives of Martin Luther King and Anne Frank's two journeys against discrimination.The author notes the challenges each faced and their similar outlook with beautiful, lyrical words, "But their hearts beat with the same hope." Illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg's vibrant and striking art adds a depth and richness to Churnin's prose. A thought-provoking and compelling discussion book for young readers - one tha Nancy Churnin's picture book, Martin & Anne: Kindred Spirits, draws a parallel between the lives of Martin Luther King and Anne Frank's two journeys against discrimination.The author notes the challenges each faced and their similar outlook with beautiful, lyrical words, "But their hearts beat with the same hope." Illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg's vibrant and striking art adds a depth and richness to Churnin's prose. A thought-provoking and compelling discussion book for young readers - one that will stay with them for a long time to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chana Stiefel

    Before reading this book, I somehow wouldn’t have guessed that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were both born in 1929. Perhaps that is because they grew up in such different worlds on opposite sides of the Atlantic. But were they really so different? Commemorating the 90th anniversary of their birth, Nancy Churnin cleverly and poignantly compares the experiences of these two icons who lives were cut short but whose legacies live on. Both Martin and Anne faced discrimination as children an Before reading this book, I somehow wouldn’t have guessed that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were both born in 1929. Perhaps that is because they grew up in such different worlds on opposite sides of the Atlantic. But were they really so different? Commemorating the 90th anniversary of their birth, Nancy Churnin cleverly and poignantly compares the experiences of these two icons who lives were cut short but whose legacies live on. Both Martin and Anne faced discrimination as children and used the power of words to express themselves. Although Anne perished in a Nazi concentration camp when she was 15, her diary is a lasting legacy, educating generations to come about the dangers of discrimination and hate. Martin attended college and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize when he was 34. He helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As we know, Martin was assassinated in 1968 at the young age of 39. Despite their hardships, both Anne and Martin lived lives filled with hope and dreams--inspirational messages for today’s young readers that they too can find light in the darkness and make a difference in the world. Lyrical text by award-winning children’s author Nancy Churnin blends beautifully with stunning illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg. While this book introduces the lives of Martin and Anne, a timeline and bibliography offer young readers opportunities to explore their lives more deeply.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Hoffman

    This is a beautifully illustrated and inspiring book that compares two individuals who suffered and endured prejudice, racism and humiliation, yet gifted the world a message of peace. equality and hope - Dr. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank. the book spreads are artistically designed by the illustrator to give that feeling of comparison by portraying Anne on one side and Martin on the other so the reader can feel the similarities between their lives. The richly textured illustrations give the boo This is a beautifully illustrated and inspiring book that compares two individuals who suffered and endured prejudice, racism and humiliation, yet gifted the world a message of peace. equality and hope - Dr. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank. the book spreads are artistically designed by the illustrator to give that feeling of comparison by portraying Anne on one side and Martin on the other so the reader can feel the similarities between their lives. The richly textured illustrations give the book a poetic feeling that marvelously compliment this well told story. Although essentially a picture book, adults will be inspired by it as well. A must for every school, library or anyone who believes in diversity and equality

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly Lund

    Martin and Anne recounts two stories of lives connected by time and circumstance. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were born in the same year, 1929. Each grew up feeling the sting of hatred. Each believed ultimately in the goodness of people. Each imagined a kinder world. Yet, the experiences they endured were reflections of the times in which they lived. These dark circumstances of intolerance are explored in a well-balanced and age appropriate way. Martin’s and Anne’s words continue to inspir Martin and Anne recounts two stories of lives connected by time and circumstance. Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were born in the same year, 1929. Each grew up feeling the sting of hatred. Each believed ultimately in the goodness of people. Each imagined a kinder world. Yet, the experiences they endured were reflections of the times in which they lived. These dark circumstances of intolerance are explored in a well-balanced and age appropriate way. Martin’s and Anne’s words continue to inspire courage and strength today. Within the pages of this book, their hearts continue to “beat with the same hope” for a better world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Abery

    In Martin & Anne, Nancy Churnin has eloquently compared and contrasted the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank. Born in the same year, on different continents, they both experienced prejudice, but dreamed of a better world, believing people were good at heart. This wonderful NF picture book is lyrically written with the most striking, vibrant art by Yevgnia Nayberg. A picture book treasure, not to be missed!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andria Rosenbaum

    I had no idea that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Anne Frank were contemporaries, both born in 1929. This book takes the reader on the incredible journey of two individuals who hoped and dreamed of a world where all people are equal. While Anne's life was cut short at 15, Dr. King went on to win a noble peace prize and battle for civil rights before he too had his life taken. The illustrations are strikingly beautiful and pair perfectly with Nancy Churnin's carefully chosen words. Highly recomm I had no idea that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Anne Frank were contemporaries, both born in 1929. This book takes the reader on the incredible journey of two individuals who hoped and dreamed of a world where all people are equal. While Anne's life was cut short at 15, Dr. King went on to win a noble peace prize and battle for civil rights before he too had his life taken. The illustrations are strikingly beautiful and pair perfectly with Nancy Churnin's carefully chosen words. Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Gholz

    “They never met. They didn’t even speak the same language. But their hearts beat with the same hope.” Martin & Anne shares the stories Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, in a unique layout that parallels these two historical figures. This poignant story sheds light on issues that are still very pertinent to today’s world. Churnin’s eloquent prose and Nayberg’s rich illustrations spin a gripping story, interwoven with beauty and hope.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ekster

    Beautifully written and unique picture book comparing/contrasting Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank. Well done and inspirational. Wonderful for elementary classrooms.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Kerstein

    With this book, Nancy Churnin and Yevgenia Nayberg have created a masterpiece. This book illuminates the ways in which Martin and Anne impacted the world. Their courage, hope, sense of justice, and longing for peace changed the fabric of the world forever. The text is sparse, yet incredibly powerful, and the illustrations are the perfect compliment to highlight these two incredible people. I highly recommend this book to all. It is a must-read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex (not a dude) Baugh

    This book just didn't work for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Grodzicki

    "In 1929, two babies were born on opposite sides of the ocean...But their hearts beat with the same hope." There have been countless books written about Martin Luther King, Jr and Anne Frank. But Nancy Churnin takes these two well known historical figures and puts them together in one unforgettable picture book. While the two never met, they both shared the same belief in a kinder world. Churnin's writing moved me to tears, and Yevgenia Nayberg's illustrations are simply gorgeous.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    So much had been written about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Anne Frank that it is hard to see a new way to look at their lives. But Nancy Churnin's book, which compares the similarities in both their stories, shows readers that inequality can happen to anyone, anywhere. It also shows that hope for a better future and the impact of one person can change history. Moving illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg nicely compliment the lyrical text.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Look at them and you won’t see any similarities. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King were of different races, spoke different languages, and lived in different countries. But wonder of wonders, they share the same birth year. Though far flung, both made positive changes, became beacons of light, examples of courage and fortitude. Learn about them in “Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank,” by Nancy Churnin. King and Frank were born in 1929, King in Ge Look at them and you won’t see any similarities. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King were of different races, spoke different languages, and lived in different countries. But wonder of wonders, they share the same birth year. Though far flung, both made positive changes, became beacons of light, examples of courage and fortitude. Learn about them in “Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank,” by Nancy Churnin. King and Frank were born in 1929, King in Georgia’s Deep South, and Frank in Frankfurt, Germany. Early on they were ostracized—King because of his skin color, Frank because of her religion. They shared a belief in the power of words, King wrote and made speeches to encourage tolerance, and Frank kept a journal while in hiding to record her secrets and hope for peace. Both believed that “Love is stronger than hate,” and that “Kindness can heal the world.” These peacekeepers’ goodwill messages burst to life in a heartfelt book with bold, sleek illustrations by artist Yevgenia Nayberg.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katey Howes

    With an incredibly powerful new perspective, Martin & Anne takes the 90th anniversary of the births of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank as a meaningful moment to reflect back upon their lives. Churnin skillfully leads readers through the lives of two people born far apart in the same year, both marked by fear, persecution, discrimination, and a reliance on the written word to shine hope into the darkest places. An excellent addition to any classroom or home bookshelf.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gina Perry

    Combining the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr and Anne Frank has a powerful effect in this moving picture book biography. Seeing their parallel lives pushes the concepts of discrimination and racism beyond one group, hopefully allowing children to understand the greater issue. And certainly to understand the long lasting power one person can have by standing up for equality and human rights. A moving story that I hope all children will get a chance to read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Wang

    I just finished reading Nancy Churnin's MARTIN & ANNE: THE KINDRED SPIRITS OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND ANNE FRANK, and am teary-eyed by this poignant book that shows Martin and Anne's parallel lives. My heart broke at the racism and discrimination they experienced, and by their tragic deaths. But Nancy reminds us that Martin and Anne's inspiring words, their love, and their faith in humanity will never die. And Yevgenia Nayberg's illustrations are just gorgeous. A must-read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This is a beautiful book juxtaposing the lives of Martin Luther King and Anne Frank in lyrical prose and gorgeous artwork. Both were born in 1929 and both suffered deeply during difficult historical times. The book ends and begins with images of infants and new beginnings. From the text: "Both Martin and Anne were born in different places, but they both dreamed that one day all babies would be seen as beautiful. As all babies are."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Schaub

    Nancy Churnin uses gentle but powerful words to paint parallel pictures of the lives of two iconic figures, Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank. She cleverly shows how prejudice, hope, and the power of words effected both lives in tandem. This is must-add to classroom libraries to use in conjunction with Civil Rights and Holocaust studies.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Garland

    Two individuals on different continents, speaking different languages, suffering from different forms of discrimination are paralleled in this intriguing pairing which demonstrates how hope, love, and kindness can heal our world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Rostoker-Gruber

    This book was fascinating! I had no idea that both Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born in 1929! I also loved how Nancy paralleled both of their journeys.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kelly-Ramsey

    Adored this book! Never realized the correlations between MLK and Anne Frank! Awesome book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    Bookaday #17. Simple introduction to the lives of MLK, Jr. and Anne Frank, both born in the same year, with an emphasis on their contributions to civil rights.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    3.5. Comparing the two, and putting their lives side by side.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Marie

    An amazing book that everyone should read. Kudos to Nancy Churnin for writing it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Wallmark

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Candace Hudson

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