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If the World Were a Village - Second Edition: A Book about the World’s People Hardcover – Feb 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press; 2 edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554535956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554535958
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 0.9 x 31.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous in Canada on Dec 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a neat idea for a book and there is a television clip based on the book that has aired. It tries to give perspective to kids about the world community we live in by likening the world to a village if 100 people.
I bought this to look at with a younger child, but it is probably more easily understood by a child who understands fractions. Still, it is a good concept to get dialogue going with your child about diversity in the world, acceptance of differences and appreciation for our own life reality.
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By Gary Rasberry on Sept. 9 2015
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perfect for classroom use
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If All The World Were A Village Sept. 6 2011
By JoHan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I shared this book and the video with my kindergarten children. We had been learning about different cultures. It helped the children see how many different kinds of people there are in the world. Some have lots of material things, some very little, we wear different clothes, live in different homes, speak different languages but we all need to take care of each other and be thoughtful of each other. Although they didn't understand all the numbers, they loved the illustrations and video presentation. Both are excellent! I also shared this book with my family and I can say it gave us lots to think and talk about. I hope it gives us all more tolerance and understanding with those we interact with each day. Wonderful, thought provoking pieces of literature and film. Appropriate for the very young and very old!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The World in Understandable Terms Oct. 17 2011
By Heidi Grange - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I used the second edition with my students. The second edition includes updated numbers and statistics. One of the things I like about this book is that it takes huge numbers that are too mind-boggling for students to really understand and makes it understandable. I also like the way the pictures compliment the text. This is a great book for helping students learn to look beyond their own neighborhood.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great job of increasing "world-mindedness" Feb. 24 2011
By Lisa Barker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was very impressed with the first edition of this book, and still am with the second edition, as it takes very complicated and staggering statistics and information and breaks it down into child-size bites. In this second edition, the statistics have been updated, showing that the world continues to grow and change, and more information has been added regarding those statistics like showing the difference between the world village today verses 100 years ago. David J. Smith does a great job of increasing "world-mindedness" and the guidelines and suggested activities at the back of the book make If The World Were a Village a good choice for classrooms and homeschools. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Waking up to the reality of this planet and it's people. May 7 2011
By William Bryan Harrell III - Published on
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Most children, but espeically those in the USA don't have a good grasp of the world and it's people, the economy of such and what thaat means. These children grow up to be adults who also don't have a clue. This book give a good general picture of who has what which can lead to discussions about who is doing without, how we can all share and then have what we need. It is a good place to start.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent book/idea Dec 26 2012
By J. Solomon - Published on
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great idea for a book, to reduce the world to a 100-person village and give statistics about the members of the village, truly eye-opening especially for western kids who don't realize how much they have. only issue is, a bit dry so my 2nd grader lost interest fairly quickly, so I donated a copy to his school hoping they could make it part of the classroom experience