Faith by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon
The book covers many, many religious praying/faith rituals…..depicted by children. It shows a small boy studying the Qur’an, and a boy chanting Torah verses, and young Buddhists making offerings at a shrine, and a young girl in Sri Lanka praying in Hindu. The book shows many more pictures of children of all ages practicing Faith as they have been taught.
If we were looking at adults doing the same thing, would we have the same feeling that we get when we see the innocence of children in their place?
I thought this was the perfect book to read after reading the book Let’s Talk About Race. As Let’s Talk About Race addresses how we are all alike when we get down to our bones, the book Faith conveys the message that even though the religious belief may be different, the acts are so similar, and in this book’s case, precious.
The authors could have used all types of illustrations to show the different practices of faith, but instead photographs were used. I thought this choice made it real (instead of just an idea) and the photographs were so colorful and vibrant. Even the book cover captured the brightness and endearing aspects of a young boy with his hands clasped together and his eyes closed as sunlight illuminates the side of his darling little face. Right away you know you are about to open a book and feel captured.