This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World's Children

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A groundbreaking book of statistics and stories that compare the lives of children around the world today. Every second of every day, four more children are added to the world's population of over 2.2 billion children. Some of these 2.2 billion children will be cared for and have enough to eat and a place to call home. Many others will not be so fortunate. The bestselling author-illustrator team behind the phenomenal If the World Were a Village and If America Where a Village return with a revealing and ...
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Overview

A groundbreaking book of statistics and stories that compare the lives of children around the world today. Every second of every day, four more children are added to the world's population of over 2.2 billion children. Some of these 2.2 billion children will be cared for and have enough to eat and a place to call home. Many others will not be so fortunate. The bestselling author-illustrator team behind the phenomenal If the World Were a Village and If America Where a Village return with a revealing and beautifully illustrated glimpse into the lives of children around the world. This Child, Every Child uses statistics and stories to draw kids into the world beyond their own borders and provide a window into the lives of their fellow children. As young readers will discover, there are striking disparities in the way children live. Some children lack opportunities that others take for granted. What is it like to be a girl in Niger? How are some children forced into war? How do children around the world differ in their home and school lives? This Child, Every Child answers such questions and sets children's lives against the rights they are guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This CitizenKid title from the creators of If the World Were a Village takes a global look at the lives of contemporary children. Balancing statistics with fictional profiles of kids, Smith's concise narrative focuses on such topics as families, homes, health, work, war, and play. Each spread contains accessible summaries of articles from 1989's United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, underscoring the disparity between many children's lives and that document's vision and goals. This is not an easy book: Smith shares sobering figures, including that there are more than 100 million homeless children in the world, nearly 220 million between the ages of five and 17 work full-time, and 300,000 children belong to rebel armies. Such hard-hitting data should encourage readers to consider several questions and suggestions for taking action included in back matter. Rendered in acrylics with digital textures, Armstrong's gauzy paintings sometimes span multiple cultures in a single illustration (a kicked soccer ball bridges games in Australia and Indonesia), reinforcing the universal nature of children's needs. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This creatively designed and conceived picture book is about children from around the world and their lives: at play, at (or not at) school, with their families, in difficult situations like war or fleeing to safer territory, and so forth. Each two-page section has a beautifully illustrated picture or series of views showing children in the situations evidenced by the title of the section—Children at school, Children at work, Children at play—along with a page of single-spaced text that helps to explain each theme using examples of children from around the world. The children have names representative of their country of origin and games they play are typical in their country; the detail in these sections is excellent in underscoring to young readers that we are more alike than we are different. A text box towards the bottom of the second page of each section highlights one or two Articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in kid-friendly language (the full series of Articles are found at the end of the book). Great care is taken in this wonderful text to provide a world view of what it means to be a child in the twenty-first century; additionally, proceeds from this book go to ONEXONE to support their educational programs. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The author's goal is to introduce children around the world and show how their lives measure up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. For each chapter, one of the articles is boxed, and a child in a specific country is highlighted; e.g., Sam was taken from his family in Sierra Leone and forced to join a rebel army. Smith reveals inequalities in such areas as food, homes, families, work, health, and education. Each page is packed with text that documents the struggles of many children, but it lacks depth. Each spread only scratches the surface with data regarding where and how the featured children live, and what their lives are like. The book is illustrated with soft, colorful, realistic illustrations showing youngsters in various environments, from sampan to skyscraper, from Niger to Sweden. The articles and information on learning more appear at the end along with some suggestions on how children might become involved in seeking positive changes in the lives of those less fortunate. This book may be used for an overview of world culture, but additional research will be necessary for a complete picture.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554534661
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: CitizenKid Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 360,917
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Smith is a teacher and educational consultant with over 25 years of experience in the classroom and is the creator of the award-winning curriculum "Mapping the World by Heart."

Shelagh Armstrong is a freelance commercial artist who has designed adult book covers, stamps and commemorative coins .If the World Were a Village was her first children's book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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