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If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Remarkable, relevant, unrivaled

    While visiting this site to order another copy of If the World Were a Village for my classroom, I was surprised to discover Mr. VanNoord¿s review. Usually, I glance at posted reviews only casually, but I believe so deeply in the merits of this book that, in this case, I feel a reply is in order. If the World Were a Village shrinks the world¿s population down to a village of 100 and then examines language, religion, income, food, education and the future in numbers that are accessible to a young audience. Mr. VanNoord voiced concern regarding one line of text that pertains to a "what if" scenario of projected population growth, but he has not read the data correctly. To quote from the text ¿ Here¿s what would happen if (boldface mine) the village continued to grow as fast as it is growing now: Today the village of 100 is growing at a rate of slightly less than 2 people a year ¿ In 2250 there would be nearly 3200 people ¿ A very crowded place, with widespread shortages of food, shelter and other resources. It then goes on to state that ¿ However, not everyone agrees that the village will grow this fast, and many groups, such as the United Nations, are working hard to make sure that the village of the future is a good home for all the people who live in it. Mr. Smith has created a relevant and mindful study of the world¿s population. He is not stating that a doomsday scenario is in the works, only that the possibility exists. He does not want young readers to simply close this book and forget about the world¿s problems because "someone else is taking care of it." He wants to engage children, educators and parents alike in a discussion about the ramifications of such a scenario, and to motivate them to work together in finding inventive and positive solutions that will guarantee that the earth is, and will be, a good home for all. Mr. Smith did extensive research for this book, as evidenced by the more than 20 sources cited on the final page of text. These sources include World Population Profile: 1991 to 1998, U.S. Census Bureau, and The United Nations Human Development Report, United Nations Development Programme, 1992¿1998. I applaud both the tenacity and veracity with which Mr. Smith has made his presentation. This is a book that truly belongs in the classroom of every teacher interested in creating a meaningful and stimulating dialogue with his or her students regarding the state of the earth and the people who inhabit it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2009

    Great book

    Loved the book. More people should read it and take heart.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Wonderful Book

    As an adult, you think you've heard all statistics about the ratio in demographics around the world. While reading this story to my girls, there was SO much said in minimal words (which kept their attention). The pictures were very colourful, it's definitely worth reading. I was thoroughly impressed with how simple the reading was, explaining densities, ratios, ethnicity, religion, food, and regions in one book. Even as an adult, it's educational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A great smorgasbord of living

    Mr. Smith uses this smorgasbord to help our children understand the diverse world we are in. The book guides them to appreciate their counterparts from all walks of life.

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