It’s hard enough to find a good survey of world religions for adults, let alone for children, so when I found One World, Many Religions, I used to be stunned. With a sensitivity for detail and an easy style, Mary Pope Osborne delivers a valuable introduction to all the world’s major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. The balanced yet brief remedy; vibrant photographs depicting children around the world engaged in worship; the glossary, map and timeline all work to provide a concise, informative and engrossing introduction to the variety of religions all over.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-A solid overview of the world’s major religions. Osborne notes elements common to most faiths and provides a rationale for the point of interest on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism (in that order), all of which have a written tradition, so sources can be cited. The creator covers the history, main figures, current status, and traditions or rituals associated with each faith. Back matter includes a population breakdown (numerically and graphically). Even as the presentation is notable for its respect to each group, succinctness, and clarity, the text is not exhaustive. Holidays, for example, are covered in one or two sentences. Major points aren’t covered uniformly: Even as reincarnation is described under Hinduism, heaven and hell aren’t mentioned in Christianity. Readers requiring depth will do well to use books on individual faiths. This title succeeds in providing an overall context for readers by relating a given spiritual leader’s period of time or tenets to previously covered material. The artful, full-page, color and black-and-white photographs tell much of the story. The tight prose, abundant white space, and use of color make this title an attractive alternative to Hiley Ward’s chattier My Friends’ Beliefs (Walker, 1988 o.p.); it offers a difference in flavor and scope to Betsy Maestro’s The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1996), illustrated with paintings. Most libraries will wish to own Osborne’s offering.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Religious understanding is as important today than any other time in history. In this highly acclaimed book, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to the six major religions of the world. One World, Many Religions covers the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. All have had a deep effect on the laws and customs of every country. They have shaped art, literature, music, and education. They have given the world magnificent stories, songs, buildings, holy objects, ceremonies, and festivals.” From the Introduction to Many Religions, One World. Best-selling children’s creator Mary Pope Osborne presents an accessible and elegantly crafted volume that introduces young readers to the world’s seven major religions. Six short readable chapters–perfectly targeted to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders–detail the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Handsomely designed and featuring fifty oversized color photographs and a full complement of reference materials, including a map, time line, and bibliography, this book provides a thorough and thoughtful presentation of the diverse ways people worship around the world. -Outstanding introduction to world religion for young readers.-Unanimously praised when first published in 1996-Newly updated reference materials such as a glossary, map, timeline and bibliography complete this excellent book.-Features over 50 full-color photos.