Focusing on Buddhism, this is one of a series which provides an introduction to the main festivals of the world's major religions. Extracts from sacred texts and stories explain why the festivals are celebrated and how they began, and children are quoted on religious aspects of their lives.
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Gr 4-6--Buddhist Festivals are introduced and quotes from two children provide additional information. The writing style is very dry, though the authors attempt to make the book child-friendly by including stories from the Jataka Tales. So much material is included that the presentation is confusing, especially for readers with no background in this religion. In Jewish Festivals, a boy in Jerusalem and a girl in Chicago explain how their families honor the holidays. Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays (Platt & Munk, 1992) by Judith Gross and Malka Drucker's The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays (Little, Brown, 1994) cover similar material. Each book has a time line of the religion's important dates along with a secular calendar for comparison. Interspersed with the texts are full-color photographs and artwork, as well as poetry or prose sections printed over photos of a symbolic cloth--a technique that makes for difficult reading.
Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Book Description Heinemann Library, 1997. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0431069654