Book Review: The Kids Book of World Religions

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Ages 9-12

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At a time when more and more attention is being focused on people in other countries and religions, this book delivers with information in both camps. A well balanced portrayal of all of the world's major religions, this book (from Kids Can Press) showcases traditions and customs using facts, figures, and pictures. Fun facts are presented right alongside serious facts, and the artwork, by John Mantha, is in sync with the words, by Jennifer Glossop.

Especially helpful is the Quick Facts box, which accompanies the major religions and includes how many members, where they live, where they worship, and when they celebrate their major festivals.

And it's not just the religions that are covered here. Also included are profiles of famous religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama, Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, Guru Nanak (who founded Sikhism), Moses, Jesus, and more.

Studying a religion different from your own can be intimidating and confusing, especially with names that sound nothing like what you're used to seeing. This book takes away all that anxiety, presenting information on the religions and their founders and major figures in straightforward language and liberal use of illustrations that really do illustrate the points that the author is trying to make. The layout of the book is clean and easy to follow, making comprehension all the more easy. There's even a pronunciation guide, to help pronounce unfamiliar terms and names.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, both for its content and its attractiveness to readers.

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