One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship, by Mary Pope Osborne (author of the popular Magic Tree House series), is a clear, concise, and thoughtful overview of the world’s major religions for young readers. Covering Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and Taoism, Osborne tells of each religion’s origin and history, worship practices and beliefs, and holidays and celebrations. This well-designed and attractive book is illustrated with color photographs, many of young people practicing the faiths.
Young readers will be interested in the various stories that led to the evolvement of the most widely practiced religions today, and the way that young people of different religions engage in their faith communities. Reading about each religion side by side encourages the reader to see what unifies the practice of religion around the world, and also what makes each faith unique.
In a world in which worshipers of different faiths are increasingly living side by side, it is important for people of all ages to have knowledge of and a respect for others’ faiths. One World Many Religions is a wonderful place to begin. Recommended for independent readers in grades 4 and up.
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