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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First published in 2002, If the World Were a Village, received a much-needed update this year. The colorfully-painted, folk-art illustrations haven't changed, but the statistics have been updated. As with the original book, the numbers are fascinating to contemplate, and offer Western children a look at the world from a much larger vantage point than the one with which they are familiar.The premise of the book is simple. Proportionately reduce the world's population to 100 people and examine the demographics. Here are just a few of the many facts in If the World Were a Village:"How many people in the village of 100 have electricity?76 have electricity24 do notOf the 100 people in the global village61 are from Asia14 are from Africa11 are from Europe8 are from South America, Central America (including Mexico), and the Caribbean5 are from Canada and the United States1 is from OceaniaHow much money do people in the global village have?If all the money in the village were divided equally, each person would have about $10,300 US dollars per year. But in the global village, money isn't divided equally.The richest 10 people have nearly 85 percent of the world's wealth. Each has more than $87 500 a year.The poorest 10 people have less than $2 a day."Language, age, religion, food, environment, school, money, energy and health are also featured, along with extensive source notes.I'm so glad that it's been updated. In today's world, politics, society, environment and economics are all global issues. This is a must read.