1. There are several books by Ludmilla Zeman on the Sinbad tales that we really enjoyed during that part of SOTW. She also did a trio on the Gilgamesh story which is excellent but a different time period.

    And I love Eric Kimmel for folktales.

  2. Hi Amy,

    You won the MHL giveaway! Can you please email me your contact info? (I had to leave a comment bc your profile doesn’t link to your email so you show up as a No Reply in my email…but I still knew where to find you.) 🙂

    Enjoy your day!

  3. That would indeed be a tricky subject. I hadn’t thought through that come up before. I still like the idea of your main resource (The Story of the World) and it’s definitely one I’m thinking we’ll check into. But it’s good to know that all religions are presented as equal as well.

  4. Amy

    Carrie, Story of the World doesn’t really present religions that way, although it does receive criticism (from both camps–Christian AND secular) for leaning too far in both directions. (Go figure!) It’s more objective towards all faiths, really, without “choosing” one over another–without “choosing” any (more just presenting them all historically, not too much spiritually), although SWB is a Christian. It was certain picture books recommended by the Activity Guide that I rejected, not the text itself.

  5. I love the idea of sharing fairy tales from other lands! Thanks for sharing on your geography studies– I know I’m going to come back to these someday when my kids are a little older!

  6. I love that you talk and talk about spiritual issues with your kids! My daughter is young (not even 2), but I see this being tricky as she gets older. Especially as we are Christians living in a very liberal region of CA. I love the first book- this would have been a great read aloud when I taught world religions to middle schoolers.

  7. Maybe your girls might enjoy “Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle,” by Reza Jalali? It’s about Muslims living in the West, rather than in the Middle East, but I think it captures the spirit of some of one of the most beautiful times in the Islamic year, without doing any proselytizing. Plus, it’s also just a good story with nice illustrations. I totally know what you mean about wanting your girls to learn about other cultures and religions without presenting those religions as attractive alternatives to their own! We sometimes run into that same issue, but the other way around 🙂 You could preview it to see what you think, before sharing with your girls.

    Another one you might like is “Mirror,” by Jeannie Baker. It’s a very cool wordless book that reads both backwards and forwards, with two parallel stories. One is set in Australia, showing a boy with his family going out to buy a new rug on an ordinary Saturday, while the other is set in Morocco and shows a boy with his family going out to make and sell that same rug at their local market.

    Thanks for hosting the link-up!

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