A Celebration of the World's Religions--Seen Through the Eyes of Children
This book uses revealing photography and detailed personal accounts to give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced through the lives of children across the world.
A perfect book for children and parents to read together.
Dimensions: 12.16" x 10.24"
Details: Hardcover, 80 pages
"Buller introduces Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Sikhism through the eyes of children. What constitutes faith and tradition is briefly explained and a world map indicates the main religion in each country. Following a thumbnail sketch of each religion, the text looks at its origin, founder, and practices. Sidebars include a brief discussion of a religious symbol, the holy book, rites of passage, a map and chart indicating the number of practitioners and where they live, and a list of the main festivals. On the next spread, children of the faith discuss what they hope to be or do, and, particularly, what they like about their religion. They discuss their beliefs, ceremonies, and practices. The concluding chapter looks at five additional faiths. Overall, the amount of information is adequate and straightforward and focuses on aspects of the religion that would appeal to children. The clear, vibrant photographs are especially inviting. For more specific details, try Jennifer Glossop's The Kids Book of World Religions (Kids Can, 2003) or Mary Pope Osborne's One World, Many Religions: The Way We Worship (Knopf, 1996)."
—School Library Journal
"This all-in-one reference smoothly imparts the essence of the world's major religions and their roles in the lives of believers. An introductory spread explains the universals (faith is what people "trust, hold true, and are loyal to") followed by a world map, color coded by each country's main religion. The specific faiths are examined in successive chapters, with the remote facts about statistics, tenets, and ancient prophets, gods, and gurus followed by impassioned commentary from contemporary young believers. The book concludes with explanations of less-common faiths, including Zoroastrianism and Baha'i. The stream of religion-specific terminology can be dizzying, and it's confusing that the child to whom the first-person commentary is attributed is rarely featured in the photos. Nonetheless, the browsable format makes the book a comfortable option for children curious about beliefs that bring comfort and purpose to kids around the world."
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