This book looks at how people from the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths welcome a new-born baby into the world, including naming ceremonies, casting horoscopes, giving gifts, and saying special prayers and blessings. You can find out about some very special birthdays; how a Sikh baby’s name is chosen from the sacred text; why a Muslim baby’s hair is shaven off; why a Jewish father buys his son back from the synagogue, and much more.
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Grade 3-5-Ganeri describes the ceremonies and customs surrounding these life-altering events, as practiced by the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. The information is presented in clear, simple language and illustrated with bright, colorful photographs and drawings. In some instances, where appropriate, a legend or tale is used to enhance the narrative. The similarities of belief and practice among the different faiths are demonstrated rather than explicitly stated in the texts, while rites particular to one religion are described as well. The books end with brief "Fact Files" on each religion. While a strength of the volumes is their cross-cultural scope, a major drawback is their overgeneralization. Only the introduction notes that customs vary in different parts of the world and that only some of them are being described in the book. The texts give readers the impression that all Jews, for example, observe the rituals in the manner described, ignoring the fact that there are three major branches within Judaism with different ritual practices. Similarly, to discuss Christianity without at least noting that there are many denominations (with differing customs) is to present a superficial picture. While these books are certain to have a place in most collections, they should be used advisedly.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This entry in the Life Times series takes a somber but serviceable look at the ways newborns are welcomed into the fold in six major world religions. Every religion has special traditions: Buddhists celebrate the birth of Buddha more than they do individual babies; Jews have more elaborate ritualsincluding circumcisionfor boys than for girls; the rituals of Islam include shaving off the baby's hair; in the Hindu religion, the priest works out the child's horoscope. The approach is more studious than entertaining; full-color photographs help with unfamiliar items described in the text. Along with other entries in the series covering death rituals, marriage ceremonies, and coming-of-age celebrations, this book is a useful multicultural tool. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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