School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-Ganeri describes the ceremonies and customs surrounding these life-altering events, as practiced by the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. The information is presented in clear, simple language and illustrated with bright, colorful photographs and drawings. In some instances, where appropriate, a legend or tale is used to enhance the narrative. The similarities of belief and practice among the different faiths are demonstrated rather than explicitly stated in the texts, while rites particular to one religion are described as well. The books end with brief "Fact Files" on each religion. While a strength of the volumes is their cross-cultural scope, a major drawback is their overgeneralization. Only the introduction notes that customs vary in different parts of the world and that only some of them are being described in the book. The texts give readers the impression that all Jews, for example, observe the rituals in the manner described, ignoring the fact that there are three major branches within Judaism with different ritual practices. Similarly, to discuss Christianity without at least noting that there are many denominations (with differing customs) is to present a superficial picture. While these books are certain to have a place in most collections, they should be used advisedly.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Introduces the rites and rituals surrounding death in the six major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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