Sacred Places

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Now comes an introduction to some of the most sacred places in the world—highlighting the five major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). This book showcases the rich diversity of scale and style in the buildings built for worship and for the celebration of faith. Features twenty-six sacred sites, a world map and an extensive note to the reader on the basic tenets of five religions.

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Overview

Now comes an introduction to some of the most sacred places in the world—highlighting the five major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). This book showcases the rich diversity of scale and style in the buildings built for worship and for the celebration of faith. Features twenty-six sacred sites, a world map and an extensive note to the reader on the basic tenets of five religions.

Describes various types of space which are sacred to different religions, including churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other shrines.

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A challenge in writing about various religions in a book for children is that the subjects may not be treated as reverently as some might expect. Nonetheless, this impressive book nicely describes sacred places, large and small, famous and not-so-famous. The illustrators' techniques are fascinating, making this a book to enjoy spending time with. 2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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Gr 1-5-Places sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, and Muslims are the focus of this striking tour of 28 religious sites around the world (omitting only the South American and Australian continents). After a two-page introduction to the five religions covered, the dual-level text begins. For younger readers, a few words in large type comment on the concept of the sacred and its association with specific places, accompanied by three-dimensional cut-paper illustrations. These necessarily general remarks climax in the observation that "some sacred places aren't made by people at all," and a picture of the night sky. On a second level, each picture has a caption that, although brief, captures specific practices of the religion that considers that site sacred. Simplification means that the differences across sects disappear. A positive emphasis means that cremation is not mentioned in the Ganges caption, and readers glean no hint of conflict around Jerusalem (where the Dome of the Rock "was built-as a symbol of the unity of the three religions that worship the God of Abraham"). Nevertheless, Sturges's open-minded view of religious aspirations is a worthy one. Laroche's rich and detailed art balances architectural impact with situation, use, and cultural context as a photograph could never do. Following Bridges Are to Cross (Putnam, 1998), these amazingly precise, subtly colored, and engagingly textured pictures and concise words show how places in the world can be bridges for the spirit.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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The creators of Bridges Are to Cross (1998) tour places where adherents of five religions (Judaism is split into pre- and post-Mosaic, with the former also linked to Islam) worship: churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, shrines, even a river. Laroche depicts the 28 sites in elaborate, finely detailed low-relief paper collages; some, such as India's Shri Meenakshi Amman Temple, dizzying whirls of towers and ornaments, others—the Wailing Wall, New Hampshire's Henniker Friends Meeting House—plain and functional. People are visible in nearly all, showing scale and also reminding viewers that sacred places, grand or not, are integral parts of every community. Sturges's poetic text, which runs in large type above descriptive paragraphs for each picture, carries the same message. It's a quick trip, providing only glimpses of our array of belief systems and religious practices, but it's as much a reverent spiritual journey as a world-spanning physical one, and the art both invites and rewards long, careful looking as it is truly awe-inspiring. (map, notes on religions) (Nonfiction. 8+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399233173
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Religion Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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