This entry in the Life Times series takes a somber but serviceable look at the ways newborns are welcomed into the fold in...

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This entry in the Life Times series takes a somber but serviceable look at the ways newborns are welcomed into the fold in six major world religions. Every religion has special traditions: Buddhists celebrate the birth of Buddha more than they do individual babies; Jews have more elaborate rituals—including circumcision—for boys than for girls; the rituals of Islam include shaving off the baby's hair; in the Hindu religion, the priest works out the child's horoscope. The approach is more studious than entertaining; full-color photographs help with unfamiliar items described in the text. Along with other entries in the series covering death rituals, marriage ceremonies, and coming-of-age celebrations, this book is a useful multicultural tool. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 25, 1999

ISBN: ---

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Bedrick

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1999