Beliefs & Religions Around the World

20 July 2011

Beliefs & Religions Around the World
by Judy Kirton
illustrated by Val Lawton
Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Review by Jessica Bickford
$16.95 978-1-894431-60-6

Beliefs & Religions Around the World is a colourful and informative starter guide to world religion for small children. The sincere story by Judy Kirton spotlights seven different belief systems in descending order based on worldwide membership, and the illustrations by Val Lawton depict bright, happy families enjoying their culture and faith.

Each different belief is introduced by a child who says where most of the people of that faith live, with an accompanying illustration of the globe. This is followed by any special books or teachings, any particular prayer location, and one or two special holidays. Any words that would be difficult for a small child, such as mosque, are also spelled out phonetically so it is a great opportunity for kids who are learning to read to tackle some more challenging words.

The illustrations show families celebrating their faith in traditional clothing, which demonstrates a bit of cultural diversity around the world. The book presents a joyful global community that includes those of a particular faith, those whose family has more than one faith, and those who don’t practise any particular religion.

In our modern, global world where children are more likely to be exposed to others with beliefs different to their own, it is important to cultivate understanding early on. Beliefs and Religions Around the World stresses the important messages of respect and kindness – even having a section of quotes (one from each belief system) that all reiterate the “golden rule” of treating others as you would like to be treated.

This is the book for all guardians who want the children in their life to have an understanding and respect for people with different beliefs, and who want to do it in a fun, light-hearted way.


One Comment

  • Judy Kirton 18 September 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you, Jessica, for your precise appraisal of my book, You have put into words – better than I could myself – exactly what I wanted this book to be.

    Whenever I am giving this book as a gift I include your review. You have simplified my responsibility to those with whom I wish to share the book.

    I am forever grateful.