Gr. 3-5. "But the Bible says that God created man in His own image!" "Humanists believe just the opposite: that man created God in his image." In a lively fictionalized discussion, a humanist teacher and a group of students talk about secular humanism. They confront the big issues, including evolution ("the best hope . . . is science," says the teacher), abortion, capital punishment, anti-Semitism, bullying, and much more--even the causes of 9/11. The kids' voices are insistent and informal, and the teacher calls for tolerance, for asking questions, for doing good right here on earth. The book, which is bound to cause controversy, is set up for adult-led discussion in school or at home, with activities, suggested discussion topics, and a brief bibliography for older teens and adults. But the readable dialogue will also reach individual children who have doubts and questions. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"Covers a lot of ground in a manner and style that should help children understand humanism…Humanist and atheist parents would certainly benefit from having it because it presents basic humanist principles at a level younger children can comprehend - and it may even help them explain themselves to their friends."
"This small volume holds out the hope and openness of Humanism in a form that can help young people confront Fundamentalist approaches to religion with confidence. And confront them they do, just as described in Mrs. Green's classroom and in schoolyards across this nation. Humanism, What's That? embodies the values which are central to my faith and is a wonderful addition to our ministry of liberal religious education."
Rev. William G. Sinkford
President, Unitarian Universalist Association