By Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel
Kids Can Press, $17.95, 36 pages

It’s hard to find a book that talks about the various religions and works for kids. Faith: Five Religions and What They Share explores the Big Five — Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity — looking at what they have in common. They are compared and contrasted, looking at common symbols between and exploring the common bonds of the three Abrahamic faiths. Through colorful section, nice graphics, and some exercises, this book hopes to build bridges between faiths.

This is a beautiful book. The graphics and chapter divisions in this book keep the book well organized, keeping the flow of the book going. This book is well-written, and it generally succeeds at its point of showing that the various faiths do have some points in common. Better yet, it is written without condescension to its target audience, presenting the facts in plain text that is easy to understand and educational. There are even ideas how to build better interfaith relations. The material is a little dry, but that’s understandable given the material. This is an excellent book for parents looking for ways to bridge the gap between the various religions, and doing so by looking at their similarities, not their differences.

Reviewed by Jamais Jochim