The Story of Religion by Betsy Maestro

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This lavishly illustrated book introduces the history of religious belief and the practice of religion in the world today. It illuminates the differences that make each religious group unique and the fundamental beliefs that all groups share. This text encourages children to recognize, understand, and value the diversity of the world's religions and the universal concerns they address.
 

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Betsy Maestro was born in Brooklyn, New York. She has a degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in counseling. Before becoming a writer, she was a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She has been creating books with her husband Giulio since 1974. She writes and he does the illustrating. They are most popular for their nonfiction titles which include the American Story series which focuses on events in United States history. Together, they have produced over ninety titles. Many of their titles have been chosen as Notable Books by the American Library Association and as Pick of the Lists by the American Booksellers Association. Illustrator Giulio Maestro graduated from Cooper Union in New York City with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He worked in advertising before becoming an illustrator. He has been creating nonfiction books with his wife, Betsy since 1974. She writes and he does the illustrating. Together, they have produced over one ninety titles but he has illustrated over one hundred titles. In addition to illustrating, he has also written stories and riddle books. Their titles include the American Story series which focuses on historical events in United States history. His illustrations have been exhibited by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the New York Society of Illustrators, and the Art Director's Club of New York. Titles done in collaboration with his wife have been chosen as Notable Books by the American Library Association and as Pick of the Lists by the American Booksellers Association.
 
Published August 16, 1996 by Clarion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A useful history covering the ancient practices of bartering and using commodities (salt, grain, tobacco) as media of exchange, plus the development of metal and paper currency and contemporary cashless methods of payment;

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Betsy Maestro (with Giulio Maestro, The Discovery of the Americas, 1991, etc.) begins carefully, earnestly preaching the importance of diversity and balance, and taking for granted that religions are not handed down by deities but evolve from a people's own need to find meaning in life.

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By beginning with humankind's earliest religious beliefs and ending with humanity's organization of these beliefs, the Maestros lead children on a whirlwind tour of the world's great religious traditi

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She astutely makes each reader a part of her story, stating, ""All Americans are related to immigrants or are immigrants themselves."" Referring to the arrival of the first Americans many thousands of years ago, the author emphasizes that there were millions of inhabitants by the time Columbus ""...

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There is also a short description of other religions, such as Zoroastriansim, that are not included in the book itself, and the Maestros list the various ways in which different religions express their own versions of the maxim ""All things you want people to do to you, do so to them."" Color dra...

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