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One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship Hardcover – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679839305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679839309
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It's hard enough to find a good survey of world religions for adults, let alone for children, so when I found One World, Many Religions, I was stunned. With a sensitivity for detail and an easy style, Mary Pope Osborne delivers a valuable introduction to all of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. The balanced yet brief treatment; vibrant photographs depicting children around the world engaged in worship; the glossary, map and timeline all work to provide a concise, informative and engrossing introduction to the variety of religions everywhere.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-A solid overview of the world's major religions. Osborne notes elements common to most faiths and provides a rationale for the focus on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism (in that order), all of which have a written tradition, so sources can be cited. The author covers the history, main figures, current status, and traditions or rituals associated with each faith. Back matter includes a population breakdown (numerically and graphically). While the presentation is notable for its respect to each group, succinctness, and clarity, the text is not exhaustive. Holidays, for example, are covered in one or two sentences. Major points are not covered uniformly: while reincarnation is described under Hinduism, heaven and hell are not mentioned in Christianity. Readers requiring depth will do well to use books on individual faiths. This title succeeds in providing an overall context for readers by relating a given spiritual leader's time period or tenets to previously covered material. The artful, full-page, color and black-and-white photographs tell much of the story. The tight prose, abundant white space, and use of color make this title an attractive alternative to Hiley Ward's chattier My Friends' Beliefs (Walker, 1988 o.p.); it offers a difference in flavor and scope to Betsy Maestro's The Story of Religion (Clarion, 1996), illustrated with paintings. Most libraries will want to own Osborne's offering.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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Got this book to read it with my 10-year-old daughter.
monica
Mary Pope Osborne, author of The Magic Treehouse series, wrote a fantastic book introducing kids to the world's major religions.
Kelley Dickinson
Clear, concise, and well-illustrated, this book is helping my children learn about the world's religions, at their level.
S. Gardner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Delton H. Krueger on April 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Osborne presents a well illustrated book on world religions that is apparently for children but is more than adequate for most adults. Sentences are brief. Words are not overwhelming - a glossary defines new expressions. The book can be a starting point for satisfying curiosity about great world religions. It is also a great help in reminding oneself about the basics.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Hurdman on May 1, 2010
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Mary Pope Osborne has been a favorite of my daughter's for two years. She immediately picked up this book and began reading. It is so important for our children to learn about the many faiths to which people in our world cleave. Osborne presents each of the major religions in an illuminating, fair, and systematic manner.

If someone is looking for their own faith to be held up among the rest, then they should avoid this book. Christianity is given no better position than Hinduism, which is exactly how a book like this should be. Still, I can imagine angry zealots railing away that their "one true faith" is mistreated and compared unfairly to the "lesser" faiths. There is no reasonable comeback to such criticism - walk away.

I am happy to find that there are a few books out there that will serve to educate, not indoctrinate my children about religion and its role in various societies.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Craig on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter to give her an overview of the different religions that people celebrate. It has wonderful pictures, and by reading it together I was able to answer all her questions. The chapters on the different religions were simply stated and easily understood. It is a great resource to begin the disscuss with your child about all the differences around the world...differences that should be understood, celebrated, and recognized.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Austin on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book to have if you want to learn about the different religions. Great to give to children to help them understand the differences. Would recommend to everyone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angela Lantz on April 13, 2011
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I own this book and is gives a wonderful basic overview of world religions. It does not cover all religions nor does it give an in-depth look at religion. It does however provide a wonderfully illustrated beginning for those looking to get a basic introduction to the worlds leading religions. Each religion gets just enough coverage for one to at least understand the basis for the various religions. Not so basic that you still don't understand yet not so much so that you are overwhelmed. Great for teaching young students the generalities.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SL Dublin on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Everyone should read this book.
It is suitable for children as young as 5 or 6 (read to by an adult) for older readers to enjoy by themselves, AND for adults like me, who just wanted to be a little less ignorant of other people's beliefs and traditions.
The best thing about this book (which outlines the seven most practised religions in the world) is that it shows us, very gently, how all our traditions and religions have a very similar basic belief - loving one another - and that the only real difference between our faiths is HOW we go about that. It is a super book for informing one a little about the holidays and traditions of our friends' religions, just enough that we might all have a little more respect for them.
The fact that it is a book suited to children (as well as adults) does mean that some of the specifics of each reliegion are glossed over, but this is only right in the context of a book who's message surely is that the specifics are far less important than the basic truth of all these religions - love.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bardsley on February 9, 2012
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"One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship" by Mary Pope Osborne is the perfect cornerstone to teaching children about the religions of the world. It is almost like a coffee table book written for children. There are beautiful pictures and easy to follow text about the world's major religions including: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

I know what you are thinking! "Mary Pope Osborne? Isn't she the lady who wrote all of those Magic Tree House books?" Yup! It's the same author. Apparently she also has her degree in religion from the University of North Carolina, and has traveled all over the world including the Middle East and Asia. Interestingly, from the cover jacket info at least, it does not appear that she has children of her own.

My son and I have been reading from "One World, Many Religions" in pieces, in relation to the other books from our current reading list. For example, after reading kiddie versions of the Bhagavad-Gita and Ramayana, we went back to "One World" and read the chapter on Hinduism. This made the picture of a monk feeding a monkey at a temple in honor of Hanuman, extra meaningful to my son. As soon as we finish "A Child's Garden of Torah", we will read the section on Judaism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Carter on September 11, 2011
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This book focuses on primarily on popular book-based religions from around the world. It is a good educational piece for kids 7-10 years old. I purchased this book because I heard it treated the religions without bias and gave simple overviews. It met both expectations. I am glad we have it in our family library.
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