School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-Colorful but simplified introductions to houses of worship. Each title discusses what ceremonies and events take place in the building and includes basic floor plans. In two-page chapters, the books also give brief overviews of major beliefs, practices, and festivals, as well as worship in the home. Each one includes a section on the religion around the world, with a map and populations in major countries. The information in Mosques is incomplete. Pastel pages have colorful banners, a large-print text, framed "Did You Know?" facts, and occasional highlighted quotes. There are, confusingly, two glossaries in each book with considerable overlap, one of religious words (with pronunciations), and one of general terms (highlighted in the text). Not all pronunciations and definitions are clear. "Places of Worship" (Gareth Stevens, 2000) is an attractive series for a slightly younger audience, while the "What You Will See inside a-" series (SkyLight Paths, 2003) is an excellent set offering detailed information for middle school students. The "Let's Find Out about" series will answer basic questions on the topics.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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