The Kids Book of World Religions

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By gaining a greater understanding of the cultures and beliefs of people around the world, children build respect and tolerance for the differences that make each of us unique. With objectivity and accessibility, this title in the Kids Book of series looks at the histories, scriptures, places of worship, religious leaders, gods and major festivals that are the foundations of many of the world's religions. Features a glossary and an index.

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Overview

By gaining a greater understanding of the cultures and beliefs of people around the world, children build respect and tolerance for the differences that make each of us unique. With objectivity and accessibility, this title in the Kids Book of series looks at the histories, scriptures, places of worship, religious leaders, gods and major festivals that are the foundations of many of the world's religions. Features a glossary and an index.

The Kids Book of World Religions examines 12 religions.

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Editorial Reviews

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As an introductory text, this succeeds in explaining the basics and articulating the “big questions” that drive people to religion, and thereby gives the audience a firm foundation for further, more analytical research.

As an introductory text, this succeeds in explaining the basics and articulating the “big questions” that drive people to religion, and thereby gives the audience a firm foundation for further, more analytical research.

Children's Literature
Learn about the top twelve religions of the world in this book that addresses many questions that kids wonder about, i.e. Is there a God? What will happen when I die? Can I talk to God? There is a detailed introduction that helps to answer some basic questions that children have about religion and it also describes the layout of the text. The text is easy to read and understand as each religion is described in detail. Chapters are divided into the regions of where each major belief was created which are India, Middle East, East Asia, and other continents; some of the religions included are Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism. Each chapter describes the history of each belief, how people celebrate and mourn, how and what they eat and dress, and the guidance on how they are to live their life. The watercolor illustrations along with full color pictures showcase some of the various celebrations, religious leaders and sacred places of worship for each specific religion. A wonderful tool to use with children in helping to create an understanding and acceptance of diversity among religions. A great introduction for all ages that helps to answer questions as to why there are different types of beliefs and celebrations among various communities. 2003, Kids Can Press,
— Christy Oestreich
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Glossop devotes one to four spreads to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Readers learn of the basic teachings and beliefs, scriptures, religious leaders, sacred places, and sacred events involved in each faith and a quick-fact box outlines the statistics and major tenets. However, the single-page sections covering indigenous religions from Africa, North America, and Australia are less useful because of their brevity. Illustrations meld effectively with narrative; Mantha's bright watercolors picture symbols, gods, and rituals, artistically drawing readers from point to point. A few well-placed photographs add to the text: sacred places such as the Lingaraj temple in India, an ancient mosque in Cordoba, and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and sacred objects such as a reclining Buddha in Thailand, a Muslim mihrab (prayer alcove), and an Australian Aboriginal painting. For a more concise and clear explanation of basic religious beliefs, see Mary Pope Osborne's One World, Many Religions (Knopf, 1996), and for a basic explanation of the history of religion, refer to Betsy Maestro's The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1993) or Myrtle Langley's Religion (Knopf, 1996). Kids Book can be used as an additional introduction for browsers and report writers because of its brief insight into religion and its multitude of illuminating watercolors.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Quill and Quire
As an introductory text, this succeeds in explaining the basics and articulating the “big questions” that drive people to religion, and thereby gives the audience a firm foundation for further, more analytical research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554539819
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Kids Book of Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 330,808
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Mantha is an artist and illustrator. His books include The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts and The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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