If the World Were a Village – Revealing the Diversity of our World

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart in Children's Books that Celebrate Diversity and Tolerance

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If the World Were a Village – A Book about the World’s People
written by David J. Smith and illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong

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Imagine you lived in a village of one hundred people and that the village represented our entire planet. “Five of the villagers would be from Canada and the United States, three villagers would speak Russian, seventy-six would have electricity and thiry-two would breath polluted air.” Part of the Citizen Kid series of books, If the World Were a Village does a marvelous job of making difficult concepts easy-to-understand and helping young readers to become mindful and appreciative of the diverse world community.

Two page spreads explore the world’s nationalities, languages, ages, religions, food, air and water, school and work, money and possessions, energy, and health. The author’s straightforward approach enlightens and is supported with detailed endnotes. Bright, bold and detailed illustrations beg readers to pause, explore and understand the wealth of factual information represented.

A valuable resource for children five and up.

Kids Can Press Teaching guide for If the World Were a Village

If the World Were a Village – Second Edition at Amazon.com
If the World Were a Village – Second Edition at Amazon.ca



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