Using an accessible slice-of-life approach, Many Ways by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly serves as a simple introduction to how families practice their different religions, promoting tolerance and respect. The clear, spare text (i.e., "Symbols remind people of their beliefs") and large photographs serve as an eye-opening catalogue as well as a jumping-off point for discussion. Though the photos have no captions, a closing photo index provides specific information about each image. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
With striking photographs and succinct text this photo-essay shows and tells of similarities and differences as families practice their various religious beliefs. It begins with activities shared by most children such as going to school, playing, and interacting with their families. Then the text states, "But families have different beliefs about God." This leads to differences in ways to pray, worship, books about teachers, symbols, music, special food, and places of worship. Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Sikh religious practices are shown. The text concludes: "All their great teachers have taught the same lesson: Love and care for one another and for our beautiful earth." Information about the photographs is listed in the back. Children and their parents will enjoy looking at the colorful, interesting pictures and become familiar with religious practices other than their own. 2005, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group, Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Children and parents of different races and religions are shown practicing their faith and expressing their love for one another and "for our beautiful earth." The importance of religious symbols, music, places of worship, holidays, and food shines through in the simple text and appealing color photographs. The message that is reinforced is that although all of the people pictured have different religions, they share fundamental values. Unfortunately, the individual images are identified only in a separate section at the back of the book; it is cumbersome to have to flip back and forth to find out which religions are discussed on each page. While the concept of explaining a bit about a variety of religions in one volume is a good one, the format limits this book's effectiveness and appeal.-Heather Ver Voort, Wilson Middle School, Natick, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.