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Children's LiteratureEvery thirty seconds five children die due to causes associated with hunger. In a world where ample food is produced to feed every man, woman, and child how is it possible that so many millions of human beings suffer and succumb to the ill effects of malnutrition and starvation? Author Maddocks presents a comprehensive and compelling look at one of the great human crises of our age. This troubling yet bracing illustrated work takes readers into the hungry world of people residing in developing nations. In many nations issues such as civil war, natural catastrophes, and inequities of wealth distribution contribute to a climate of want. In other instances, developing nations cannot compete with protected agricultural industries in more wealthy lands. In the end, hundreds of millions of the world's human beings go to bed hungry every single night. In order to eliminate global hunger the nations of the world would have to contribute 25 million dollars annually. In an era when such costs are far exceeded by military expenditures one can only hope that future generations will have the foresight and ability to shift resources to the field of hunger prevention. In telling the story of world hunger, its sources, and potential solutions Steven Maddocks has done a great service. This title, part of the "21st Century Issues" series, will challenge readers to think about their beliefs and actions. 2005, World Almanac Library, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck