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L. G. (L)
Subject: great book about world religions for kids
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 4:49 AM ET
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I posted this in Religion and Spirituality but will repost here because it's a true Gem.

What is God by Etan Bortizer.

This is a really cool book.  A non-religious, non-denominational book, it talks about all religions and how they differ and are similar in an age-appropriate manner.  While it says grades 4-6, I would think younger kids would get a lot out of it as well.  It's very UU in approach.  Below is a review from Amazon.com.   I don't really agree with the concusion of pantheism being presented - at least that's not what I got from it.   It's tagged as a "pagan children's book" here, which is far from the truth; some religious extremist probably did that.  It has nothing to do with Paganism or Wicca. (People are so ignorant!)  It's merely a study in comparative religion for children which favors none over the others.

Here's the link on Amazon:


If you are interested be sure to read the reader's reviews - they are pretty much spot-on.

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-- A provocative look at the concept of God that differs greatly from the Judeo-Christian idea of God as a person rather than as a vacuous feeling or entity. Major world religions are introduced in combination with the well-known teachers representing them (Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed), and whose words evolved into a library of Holy Books: the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Sutras, and the Vedas. Similarities are drawn among these faiths, showing common strands of truth and prayer as a universal tool of communication with God. Brief discussion is given to those believing in multiple gods as well as to those who experience religious persecution. Boritzer's attempt to synthesize and make accessible the many concepts of God results in the New Age concept/belief of pantheism. Marantz' Henrik Drescher-like illustrations are bold and bright watercolors, occupying full pages that face the poetic free-verse text. At times they serve a somewhat decorative purpose, but usually expand and elucidate elements in the narrative. The reasoning process used throughout may occasionally prove too abstract for many children, making this a picture book for older readers. It will be best utilized by religious-education teachers and parents. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland

Last Edited on: 8/25/08 4:55 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 11:09 PM ET
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Thanks, L!  I just put it on my wish list!  It does look really good...