This kid-friendly exploration of faith provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each religion, including historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles. Straightforward, simple text makes the content interesting and accessible, as do the vivid photos of children around the world. Parents and teachers will find Faith an invaluable tool for teaching youngsters tolerance and respect for people of different beliefs.
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Focusing on the similarities between the religions, FAITH encourages readers to understand each other, stating, “Perhaps if we recognized that all faiths are more alike than they are different, we could replace intolerance with respect.” The authors maintain this respect by balancing the information given on each religion and highlighting what they have in common. Throughout the book are suggestions on how young readers can increase their knowledge of world religions.
This is a book that belongs in every elementary and middle school library’s nonfiction section.