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Religions Explained: A Beginner's Guide to World Faiths (Henry Holt Reference Book)

Anita Ganeri, Marcus Braybrooke

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Grade 4-7. This book demonstrates the variety of world religions and presents a few of their most basic beliefs, practices, and histories, but offers little beyond a general introduction. Beginning with the ancient religions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Mexico, Peru, and the Norse, Ganeri goes on to cover the "People of the Book" (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); religions of India, China, and Japan; and the "spirit religions" of North and South America, Africa, and Australasia. She even more briefly describes "new religions" such as Rastafarianism, Baha'ism, Hare Krishnas, Mennonite, Mormon, the Unification Church, and New Age. The text is clear and maintains respectful objectivity, though some devout believers will object to various choices of illustrations, which seem to have been made to attract readers' attention rather than to explain the faiths (e.g., the swastika as a Hindu symbol). Although the topics are well organized, the book is dominated by its striking, full-color photos on every page. Betsy and Giulio Maestro's The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1996) explains the major religions in fewer words but in greater detail. Its color drawings and paintings concentrate on essentials rather than flashiness. For slightly older readers, Mary Pope Osborne's One World, Many Religions (Knopf, 1996) provides considerably more information but covers only the seven largest religions. Ganeri's book will work well with children who need an overview of religions other than their own.?Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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