glio became the 266th pope, ushering in a
new era of social and political change within
the Catholic Church. This biography examines not just his religious achievements but
also his personal life, upbringing, and the
origins of his political leanings. Full-color
photos of his life, from his early childhood
through his service as Pope Francis I, capture the private aspects of the life of one of
the most influential and public figures in the
world. Mini-quizzes at the starts of chapters
set a purpose for reading, and photo captions
and sidebars provide checks for understanding. Flow charts, time lines, and diagrams
explain more complex ideas in the text, such
as the method of electing a pope and the responsibilities of the office. Pope Francis I is
the child of immigrants, a Latin American, an
educator, a Jesuit, and a man of the people.
This biography details the complexities of his
youth and his fresh approach to the papacy.
By Enzo George.
2016. 48p. illus. Cavendish Square, lib. ed., $31.36
(9781502620163). 270.6. Gr. 5–8.
Books in the Primary Sources in World
History series focus on periods of signifi-
cant societal change. In a series of topical,
double-page spreads, this volume introduces
the increasing accusations of corruption, ne-
glect, and abuse of power by the Catholic
Church during the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries; the leaders of various movements to
reform the Church; and the resulting, some-
times violent events that unfolded throughout
Europe, where traditional religious leaders
wielded considerable political and economic
control. Within the book, each spread offers
a paragraph introducing a topic, a discussion
of events and issues, and a primary source,
which might be a quote from Martin Luther,
a woodblock print depicting Tyndale’s execu-
tion, or a photo of Tintern Abbey, seized by
Henry VIII in 1536. George writes concise
introductions to significant individuals and
events, while placing them within the context
of their times. The color illustrations include
period paintings, prints, and documents as
well as photos of places and artifacts. A brief,
effective introduction to the Reformation.
By Richard Sebra.
Jan. 2017. 24p. illus. Lerner/Bumba, lib. ed., $25.32
(9781512425635). 294.5. PreS–Gr. 2.
Diwali is perhaps the most important holi-
day in India. A five-day festival of lights, the
celebration includes special prayers, colorful
costume, family traditions, feasts, and gifts.
Most notably, Diwali is known for the light-
ing of small oil lamps, called diyas, which are
used to celebrate the holiday. Each page of this
book, part of the Bumba Books: It’s a Holiday!
series, includes photographs exploding with
the color and vibrancy that is a hallmark of the
holiday. A picture glossary defines possible un-
familiar terms. Leveled text offers the key ideas,
and critical-thinking questions are included in
the margins to encourage higher-order applica-
tion. These basic ideas are intended to not only
provide an introductory understanding but
also to encourage readers to connect Diwali
traditions to their own experiences. Even read-
ers who have never heard of Diwali before will
not be able to miss the universality of many
of the aspects of the holiday and the similari-
ties between their own traditions and those of
Indian culture. —Erin Anderson
Martin Luther: “Here I Stand . . .”
By Géraldine Elschner. Tr. by Kathryn
2016. 32p. illus. Minedition, $17.99 (9789888341344).
284. Gr. 1–3.
There are relatively few picture books introducing children to Martin Luther and his
historic opposition to the Catholic Church,
and this German import adds to the short
pile with an artful approach to the biography of the trailblazing theologian. Instead
From bestselling author
Caroline B. Cooney
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