One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship by Mary Pope Osborne is the perfect cornerstone to all of the books that my six year old son Bruce and I are reading as part of my SLE Inspired Reading List. 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.
Bruce and I have been reading from One World, Many Religions in pieces, in relation to the other books from our reading list. For example, after reading 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 Bruce. As soon as we finish A Child’s Garden of Torah, we will read the section on Judaism.
Here are my Learning Goals for One World, Many Religions:
- Understand that people from other countries, cultures and religious traditions might have different core beliefs and thoughts about the world than we do.
- Visualize what different religious practices and places of worship might look like.