From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Children and parents of different races and religions are shown practicing their faith and expressing their love for one another and for our beautiful earth. The importance of religious symbols, music, places of worship, holidays, and food shines through in the simple text and appealing color photographs. The message that is reinforced is that although all of the people pictured have different religions, they share fundamental values. Unfortunately, the individual images are identified only in a separate section at the back of the book; it is cumbersome to have to flip back and forth to find out which religions are discussed on each page. While the concept of explaining a bit about a variety of religions in one volume is a good one, the format limits this book's effectiveness and appeal.–Heather Ver Voort, Wilson Middle School, Natick, MA
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K-Gr. 2. As a way of introducing children to the variety and continuity of the world's religions, Rotner provides clear, colorful photographs showing the religious practices of children and adults who are Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Sikhs. The opening pages show ethnically diverse groups of children going to school, playing together, and spending time with their parents. But the text notes that despite their similarities, families have different beliefs and worship God in different ways. A typical double-page spread introduces a single theme such as religious books, music, symbols, or prayer through six photographs and a line or two of simple text. Back matter includes information about specific photos, page by page, and a brief bibliography. A fine visual introduction to a basic American freedom, this book is a good starting place for conversations about different religions. It may be particularly valuable to children whose communities are not
religiously diverse. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved