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.
Gr. 3-6. The coverage is more broad than deep, as one might expect in an overview, but there is still good information here. The book begins with a chapter of questions and answers. What is religion? Is there a God? Can I talk to God? Does everyone believe in God? among others. The material then divides by location: religions from the Middle East, from East Asia, from other areas around the globe. The amount of information on the individual religions varies, with material on Christianity leading at eight pages. Photographs mingle with stilted watercolors. Sometimes the captions are more confusing than helpful. Early on, for example, there's a painting simply labeled "Jews praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem."This gets a slightly longer explanation in the chapter on Judaism, but sharp-eyed students will note the picture is the same in both places. The maps, which show only dominant religions, are not especially helpful. Young students may find this a starting place for reports, but they will need more information to build on. A glossary is appended. For larger libraries.