Synopses & Reviews
There are currently more than six billion people on the planet! This enormous number can be difficult to grasp, especially for a child. But what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people?
In this village
- 22 people speak a Chinese dialect
- 20 earn less than a dollar a day
- 32 are of Christian faith
- 17 cannot read or write
- 39 are under 19 years old
In a time when parents and educators are looking to help children gain a better understanding of the worlds peoples and their ways of life, If the World Were a Village
offers a unique and objective resource. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. The shrunk-down statistics some surprising, some shocking and David Smiths tips on building world-mindedness will encourage readers to embrace the bigger picture and help them to establish their own place in the global village.
This highly informative book will get kids thinking and asking questions. Booklist, March 2002
"Thought-provoking and highly effective, this world-in-miniature will open eyes to a wider view of our planet and its human inhabitants." Horn Book
"This timely, unique book enhances that sentiment. It is useful for a current understanding of the world's population." Anne Chapman Callaghan
This unusual picture book shrinks the world's population down to a village of 100 to help children better understand who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing and more. "Thought-provoking and highly effective, this world-in-miniature will open eyes to a wider view of our planet and its human inhabitants."
The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages ? updated with new content and insights about the world's people. First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting world-mindedness by imagining the world's population ? all 6.8 billion of us ? as a village of just 100 people. Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.