Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions

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This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.

When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane ...

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Overview

This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.

When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions.

Each captivating story and accompanying sidebar facts and spot illustrations brings to life the key tenets of a particular belief system, while the comprehensive glossary and resource list enable readers to expand their explorations. Including easy-to-understand descriptions and essential stories from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth, Sacred Stories is perfect for parents and teachers who want to expand young readers’ understanding of world traditions.

The simple, informative, unbiased language of Sacred Stories, combined with its comprehensive resource list and glossary, makes it an ideal learning tool for teachers, librarians, and other educators.

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VOYA - Aarene Storms
Stories from seven religious and spiritual belief systems are retold for modern readers. Each portion of the book begins with introductory remarks about the origin and significant beliefs of each tradition, and then illustrates these beliefs with five brief stories. For example, the section on Hinduism includes the stories of the birth of Krishna, as well as tales about Shava, Parvati, Ganesh, Rama, and others. The tales together create a nice introduction to the traditions. The stories are told in a straightforward manner that is accessible to young readers without being patronizing to those who are older and more sophisticated. The tales are simplified and sometimes the variant may be unfamiliar, but the essential "bones" are included. Pronunciation guides are included throughout; there is also an index, glossary, and a list of resources for further exploration. Reviewer: Aarene Storms
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582703046
  • Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,410,953
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn McFarlane has spent her career writing about far-off lands as a travel writer. Her devout Presbyterian upbringing combined with her passion for international travel led to an early interest in world religions. Today, her adventures often lead to sacred sites like the Hindu temples in India or the Great Mosque in Morocco. When she’s not traveling the globe, McFarlane lives with her husband, two cats, and many books in Portland, Oregon.

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