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WHAT I BELIEVE by Debbie Holsclaw Birdseye

WHAT I BELIEVE

Kids Talk about Faith

By Debbie Holsclaw Birdseye (Author) , Tom Birdseye (Author) , Robert Crum (Photographer)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1996
ISBN: 0-8234-1268-7
Publisher: Holiday House

 The Birdseyes, subtitling their book ``Kids Talk about Faith,'' offer the religious beliefs and other interests of six students from Corvallis, Oregon, in short, first-person essays, along with Crum's full-color, snapshot-like photographs from the youngsters' daily lives. In a preface, the authors note the difficulty of deciding which religions to include. The six faiths they chose--Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and ``Native American''--are represented, respectively, by Min, Alex, Janani, Aly, Carmel, and Kaila. They are intelligent children, who share--despite the variety of faiths--a belief in a benevolent power, an acceptance of religious guidelines that prove useful in real life, and a firm sense of ethics. Their families are also presented in a generous light, making this a heartwarming and unexpectedly fascinating book. (further reading) (Picture book. 7-10)