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. Volume IX Number 15 . . . . March 28, 2003
Written simply and objectively and designed to foster in children a greater tolerance for people and their beliefs, The Kids Book of World Religions explains the major world religions in a matter-of-fact way. Following a brief introduction about what religion is, the book provides a map showing the prevalence of the major religions, a list of religious symbols and information about how the book is arranged. The various religions are categorized by geographic area, starting with India, followed by the Middle East, East Asia and then the other continents. All of the religions are presented in a similar fashion, not only to unify the text, but also for ease of comparison. A brief history of the religion’s foundations is followed by an explanation of its main tenets and a description of the holy days, houses of worship, prayer and special ceremonies and events. Quick Facts boxes give highlights of each religion, such as worldwide membership, location, religious leaders and main holidays. Occasionally, Profile boxes feature a well-known follower - Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, to name a few - of a particular religion. Phonetic pronunciation of names and unfamiliar words is provided throughout the book. Abundant, colour illustrations and some photographs enhance the text and help to clarify some of the concepts presented. A table of contents, a glossary and an index are included.
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, MB.
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