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One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship Hardcover – October 1, 1996
I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. Hardcover
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to help my child learn what he needs to for an AP Human Geography class -- well worth it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate LaQuay
Very nice, reasonably unbiased overview of the world's seven major religions. Really great for helping kids understand the basics of the major belief systems in our society and our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mombot.0001.
It can be hard to find a resource for a non-religious family to teach their child about religion. This is the one we settled on - it is written in an engaging manner, is respectful... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Gerth
Nicely done overview of the worlds major religions. This book is not all inclusive, but covers the Abrahamic religions, along with Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hampchick
Good information, well written - a nice introduction to the major world religions.Published 13 months ago by Sarah
This book is nicely designed with good photos. But not for small kids between 7-10. Maybe for 13-17. I enjoyed it myself.Published 21 months ago by Kaan Sonal
I bought this book to add to the curriculum of my homeschoolers ages 9 and 6. We are able to cover the basic beliefs and history of each religion. Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Combs
I pick this book up every now and then. I love reading about different religions, and people who come over love to flip through as well.Published 22 months ago by It is what it is...