One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship

One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship

by Mary Pope Osborne
     
 

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Religious understanding is as important today than any other time in history. In this highly acclaimed book, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to the six major religions of the world. One World, Many Religions covers the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. All have had a deep effect on the

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Religious understanding is as important today than any other time in history. In this highly acclaimed book, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to the six major religions of the world. One World, Many Religions covers the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. All have had a deep effect on the laws and customs of every country. They have shaped art, literature, music, and education. They have given the world magnificent stories, songs, buildings, holy objects, ceremonies, and festivals." From the Introduction to Many Religions, One World. Best-selling children's author Mary Pope Osborne presents an accessible and elegantly crafted volume that introduces young readers to the world's seven major religions. Six short readable chapters--perfectly targeted to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders--detail the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Handsomely designed and featuring fifty oversized color photographs and a full complement of reference materials, including a map, time line, and bibliography, this book provides a thorough and thoughtful presentation of the diverse ways people worship around the world.

-Outstanding introduction to world religion for young readers.
-Unanimously praised when first published in 1996
-Newly updated reference materials such as a glossary, map, timeline and bibliography complete this excellent book.
-Features over 50 full-color photos.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A solid overview of the world's major religions. Osborne notes elements common to most faiths and provides a rationale for the focus on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism (in that order), all of which have a written tradition, so sources can be cited. The author covers the history, main figures, current status, and traditions or rituals associated with each faith. Back matter includes a population breakdown (numerically and graphically). While the presentation is notable for its respect to each group, succinctness, and clarity, the text is not exhaustive. Holidays, for example, are covered in one or two sentences. Major points are not covered uniformly: while reincarnation is described under Hinduism, heaven and hell are not mentioned in Christianity. Readers requiring depth will do well to use books on individual faiths. This title succeeds in providing an overall context for readers by relating a given spiritual leader's time period or tenets to previously covered material. The artful, full-page, color and black-and-white photographs tell much of the story. The tight prose, abundant white space, and use of color make this title an attractive alternative to Hiley Ward's chattier My Friends' Beliefs (Walker, 1988 o.p.); it offers a difference in flavor and scope to Betsy Maestro's The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1996), illustrated with paintings. Most libraries will want to own Osborne's offering.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679839309
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
69
Sales rank:
276,343
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete.  She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.  She was a bartender, an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant -- all before becoming an author!  Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.  In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

Mary her husband Will spilt their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania.  They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes!

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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