Reviews for Sacred Stories : Wisdom from World Religions


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
In this reissue (previously titled Sacred Myths), tales from various creeds--Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Native American religions--are retold as short vignettes in modern language. The brief, engaging stories are not meant as substitutes for comprehensive overviews of belief systems, but the informational sidebars and suggested books will inspire curious readers to dig deeper. Reading list, websites. Glos.

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VOYA Reviews 2012 February
Stories from seven religious and spiritual belief systems are retold for modern readers. Each portion of the book begins with introductory remarks about the origin and significant beliefs of each tradition, and then illustrates these beliefs with five brief stories. For example, the section on Hinduism includes the stories of the birth of Krishna, as well as tales about Shava, Parvati, Ganesh, Rama, and others. The tales together create a nice introduction to the traditions The stories are told in a straightforward manner that is accessible to young readers without being patronizing to those who are older and more sophisticated. The tales are simplified and sometimes the variant may be unfamiliar, but the essential "bones" are included. Pronunciation guides are included throughout; there is also an index, glossary, and a list of resources for further exploration.--Aarene Storms Index. Glossary. Further Reading. 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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