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

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

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by David J Smith, Shelagh Armstrong
     
 

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This bestseller is newly revised with updated statistics, new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people, children will discover how to grow up global and establish their own place in the world village.See more details below

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This bestseller is newly revised with updated statistics, new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people, children will discover how to grow up global and establish their own place in the world village.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
This highly informative book will get kids thinking and asking questions.
Where Toronto
It’s an eye-opener for all.
Horn Book Magazine
Thought-provoking and highly effective, this world-in-miniature will open eyes to a wider view of our planet and its human inhabitants.
From the Publisher
This highly informative book will get kids thinking and asking questions.

It’s an eye-opener for all.

These days, the world seems to be getting smaller. This timely, unique book enhances that sentiment. It is useful for a current understanding of the world’s population.

Thought-provoking and highly effective, this world-in-miniature will open eyes to a wider view of our planet and its human inhabitants.

This amazing book could be used in many different ways across the curriculum.

Each chapter (on topics such as population, food and schooling) is accompanied by bright, folksy illustrations that make this global village look like a lively and interesting place. Includes a section on teaching children about the global village.

Unique format shrinks the world’s population down to 100 and presents who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak and more.

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Bold acrylic paintings accompany this fascinating introduction to the concept of the global community. The author includes simple but powerful information about the world in short, one page clips. He invites readers in by asking them to imagine that 100 people represent the world population and suggesting that by learning about how they live, so that "perhaps we can find out more about our neighbors in the real world and the problems our planet may face in the future (pg. 7)." Educational side notes, sources, and suggestions for use in the classroom or at home are provided for adults. The primary content explores the topics of nationalities, languages, ages, religions, food, air and water, school and work, money and possessions, energy, and health. It quickly becomes clear that grave inequities exist. For example, the text notes that out of the one hundred, 47 people do not have "food security," while 53 of them have enough to be well. Smith uses language that even young readers can appreciate. "A bell calls the young people of the village to school. But for some children, there is no school to go to, or they must work to help their family (pg. 21)." This is an excellent book, useful in science and social studies curriculum or for thoughtful discussion in the home. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Children's Literature
If the world were a village of 100 people, only seven would have computers, only nine would speak English (22 would speak a dialect of Chinese) and 60 would always be hungry. Understanding such numbers leads to "world-mindedness," says author and teacher David Smith. The statistics about everything from religion to language, electricity to water quality and literacy to money are listed along with bits of explanation—"Not everyone in the global village is encouraged to learn to read, write, and think." There are bright, full-page illustrations in chunky, primitive acrylic. There is a modern, adult feel to the illustrations that gives the book appeal to a wide age range, from young children who can appreciate the simplest statistics to high school students who can debate the implications of the numbers and search for solutions. In addition to a page of explanations and sources for his calculations, Smith offers two pages of games, activities and thought-provoking questions to teach world-mindedness as an approach to life. "Knowing who our neighbors are, where they live and how they live," writes Smith, "will help us live in peace." 2002, Kids Can Press,
— Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
The global village is represented by 100 lively folks who show readers similarities and differences among the planet's people. There are plenty of potential math lessons here as well. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554535958
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
CitizenKid Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
111,363
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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