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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Global Fund for Children Books
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; New edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580891772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580891776
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—Faith explores through full-color photographs the many ways in which the world celebrates and practices religious belief, highlighting the common threads—praying and meditating, chants and songs, holy books, cleansing, holy places, holidays and festivals, important events, dress, food and drink, and helping others. Spare text accompanies the pictures of children and identifies the specific religion and practices. Concluding notes for adults to share with youngsters provide more information on each one. The excellent photographs are clear and colorful and invite careful observation. A world map showing the various homes of the children depicted is included. As stated in the book, "Faith highlights the common threads that bring people together in reverence and joy."—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
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Using crisp color photographs and short sentences, the authors describe what comprises faith. As the book informs readers, “In our world, there are many faiths,” and the celebration of faith occurs through prayer, singing, the reading of holy books, cleansing rituals, and performing good deeds. Explanations appear primarily in the captions of photos of children from around the world at worship. Set against the pure colors of the double-page spreads, these photos often show the children in traditional attire as they perform religious rites and obligations. For the most part, this photo-essay does a good job of depicting children across the spectrum of individual religions. For instance, there are Jewish boys with side curls and a father and son dressed casually as they light a Hanukkah menorah. Supporting the text is strong back matter that explains the elements of faith in more detail and a glossary that defines religious words. A solid addition to the 200 shelves. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper

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Around the world children practice the faith of their families. They come from many different religions. They are Rasafarian, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Daoist or Muslim. They have an assortment of ways they celebrate their faith. The Buddhists "make an offering at a shrine," carefully placing their lit candles in niches set in a large shrine. A young Jewish boy "chants Torah verses" while another studies the Qur'an. They chant their prayers, study their holy books, they go to religious schools or listen to their elders to learn about their faith. In the back of the book are "Words to Know," a section discussing the "Elements of Faith" (praying, chanting and singing, reading holy books, listening and learning, cleansing and holy places) and a worldwide map indicating where the photographs were taken.

This book has a stunning array of photographs from around the world. There are quotes scattered throughout the book and each one is illustrated with photographs of children quietly practicing some aspect of their religion. For example, when the quote "We show our faiths through what we wear . . . and through what we eat and drink" we see children receiving Holy Communion, breaking the Ramadan fast, braiding challah bread and we see many in their representative dress. This is not a "preachy" book, but simply attempts to show us how special our faiths are to us and our children. It would be an excellent read and discuss book in any homeschool or classroom setting. It is a beautiful book you may wish to add to your shelves!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica B. Cooney on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a friend's child and was really impressed at how it managed to take a complex issue like religious tolerance and acceptance and put it in a format that a child can enjoy with their family. This is a really important book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allison T. on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow! Finally a cool book for kids about religion that doesn't push an agenda. It's not preachy at all, and the photos of children around the world are really amazing. I highly recommend it, it's a great book for all ages!
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It was a lot shorter than I thought it'd be, and is basically a picture-book to introduce kids to the similarities/common ground that religions have. Good book to begin discussions on religious tolerance.
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