by Alexis York Lumbard; Alireza Sadeghian (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2014-03-01
Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Many others pray too. So begins Everyone Prays, a bright and colorful concept book celebrating the diverse ways that people pray. In a vibrant yet accessible manner, young readers are transported on a visual tour across the globe. They will discover the Native American sun dance ceremony, visit the sacred sites in Jerusalem, behold the Shinto shrines in Japan, watch Maasai dances in Kenya, see pilgrimages to the river Ganges in India, and much, much more. With an appendix to help answer questions children might have, Everyone Prays offers young hearts and minds a chance to learn that although people from other places and cultures may seem different, we all share the diverse world of faith and prayer. And what a bright and beautiful world it is "
by Shelley Rotner (Photographer); Sheila M. Kelly
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
Through vivid, full-color photographs and easily understood sentences, see how children from around the world practice their religious beliefs. Looking at the rich diversity as well as the underlying similarities of a variety of spiritual traditions, young readers understand that, although the world's religions have many differences, their primary goals are the same - to "love and care for one another...and for our beautiful Earth."
Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas
by Gail Piernas-Davenport; Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Shanté Keys loves New Year's Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no--it'll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors.
When Emily was two, her grandpa sang songs to her. When she was four, he read her stories. When Emily is five, her beloved grandfather dies. Her family decides to remember him in two ways: with a Christian funeral, because Grandpa was Christian, and a Jewish service, because Emily's family is Jewish. Both ways are beautiful. But Emily finds a way of remembering her grandpa that is just as beautiful and meaningful...and that's all her own.
In this tender story for all families a young girl learns how to say goodbye to her grandpa without letting go of his memory.
Islam and Judaism
The Golden Rule
by Ilene Cooper; Gabi Swiatowska (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you - everybody knows the Golden rule. But where does it come from and why is it important? It's easy to say, but what does it mean? Why is it called Golden? Here, a grandfather explains to his grandson the importance of this simple rule and demonstrates the wonderful effect following it.
Zayde Comes to Live
by Sheri Cooper Sinykin; Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
In this touching story, a young Jewish girl tries to make peace with the impending death of her grandfather. Rachel's grandfather, her zayde, has come to live with her family. This is because he is dying, she realizes. Rachel can't help wondering where he will go when he dies. She asks her friends. She asks her rabbi. She asks Zayde. No one has the perfect answer, but eventually Rachel finds a way to make peace with the fact of her grandfather's passing. She learns to gather all the moments she can, and to honor his life one small memory at a time. In this sensitive portrait of a young girl and her grandfather, author Sheri Sinykin approaches the issue of death from a distinctly Jewish perspective while demonstrating respect for all beliefs.