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What Do You Believe? Hardcover – March 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 12
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756672287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756672287
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, I highly reccommend reading it together at first.
Secular mom
It's a good over view of different religions giving just the facts not written from one religion's perspective.
Sheri AZ
I bought this book for my kids, but I found myself completely absorbed in it.
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By single mommy on November 30, 2011
I got this book when my 6 year old daughter came home from school talking about Jesus and God. I'd never talked to her about religion (I'm Atheist) and wanted to be able to talk to her about religion without letting my own (admittedly negative) views of it color the discussion. I read it all the way through before sharing it with her and wasn't 100% sure if she'd be old/mature enough for it, but felt comfortable to present it to her. We didn't read the book straight through, she just flipped through it and asked what certain pictures were about and what some of the paragraphs said. We mostly read about Christianity (what her other mom and grandma believe) and Islam (what her best friend believes) to keep the focus narrow enough. I also pointed out some interesting parts of the other religions. I don't know if she'll want to read it again any time soon, but I know eventually she'll pull it out and ask questions.

I like the way differences and similarities between the religions are shown with charts and pictures and even a couple comics. There's a section on "Hair do's and don'ts" and "Why do you wear that?". I thought these were good to have since the first way many kids encounter another religion is through distinctive hairstyles or clothes.

I highly recommend this book, especially for kids who have suddenly "discovered" religion or who have general questions.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Reese K. Scripture on December 13, 2012
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As an atheist that believes religious literacy is crucial, I wanted a book for our younger children that would give them a broad perspective of how different people worship (or don't) and the different roles faith play in this world. This book delivered that and way more. It was concise yet thorough, well laid out, and very readable and included not only religion but philosophy, spirituality, historical perspective, even a mention of science and evolution. Excellent book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Weisberg on October 23, 2011
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This is a terrific book for those that would like an overview of all the major religions that doesn't have an agenda or an overt bias. Very nicely presented, lots of pictures, and a great job of describing the key elements that make each religious viewpoint unique. Not for younger kids, but a very nice introduction to comparative religion for older kids and adults. Many people could benefit from this basic understanding of the differences and the commonalities of the world's great religions. Very highly recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hazoanel on May 19, 2011
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"What Do You Believe?" fills a void for those of us who confuse belief and hunch. The book combines the wonderful qualities of a picture book with solid and clear definition, classification, and nonjudgmental explanation. I see this as a very fine reference book for families in doubt as well as a springboard for further study. While I purchased it specifically for my eight and ten year old granddaughters, I found it to equally appropriate for adults.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Secular mom on October 23, 2012
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I loved this book. My son is 7 and was starting to have lots of questions about god and religion. I thought this was the perfect introduction into world religions and belief systems. We sat down and read the first few pages together so that he would understand how to read it and what to expect.
Warning: when we first gave it to him, he would just open to a random page, read a box and assume that it was fact (since it is in a book). So, I highly reccommend reading it together at first.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By psychetorment on January 4, 2013
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Coming from a mother who wants to teach her daughter tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of all religions, I love this. I find it very informative. It explains major traditions, taboos, and important people from all the major religions. It also talks about atheism and agnosticism. I like the objective point of view and my daughter can get a better understanding of how other people view religion.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bash on February 26, 2012
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I feel like I should have given this 5 stars because I really liked it. However, I bought it for my 6 year old daughter and she was rather uninterested in it. She is starting softball and I found out they have to pray before they play. So, she needs to understand something about the faith of others. Perhaps her interest in this book will increase over the years and she will enjoy it.

There were many pros to this book. I particularly enjoyed the comparison pages. The chart of religions was fantastic along with the who's who pages. Again, if my daughter showed more interest, it would have been a 5 star rating.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janice Gossett on August 21, 2013
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I really loved the way information was organized and illustrated in this book. It's simple and easy to follow and seems quite informative. The only issue I had is it had some minor typos throughout, which is why I rated it four stars instead of five. I wish it had been proofread better before being printed, but I still liked the information enough to share the book with my daughter.
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