Monday, April 11, 2011

If the World Were a Village

Smith, David J. 2011. If the World Were a Village. Ill. by Shalagh Armstrong. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.

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 electricity
24 do not

Of the 100 people in the global village

61 are from Asia
14 are from Africa
11 are from Europe
8 are from South America, Central America (including Mexico), and the Caribbean
5 are from Canada and the United States
1 is from Oceania

How 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.

A teacher's guide is available from Kids Can Press.

Today's Nonfiction Monday is at Apples with Many Seeds.  Be sure to stop by.


  1. I loved the 1st edition and am very glad to know about the 2nd edition. I promote this book alot with undergraduate student teachers. There so many cross-curricular connections to be made.
    Did you try to add your blog to the Nonfiction Monday site today (Apples with Many Seeds)? I don't see it in my list.
    Thanks again.

  2. Yes, I did Tammy. Thanks for letting me know. I'll hop back over there and take a look. Lisa

  3. Thanks, Lisa. Your on the list.


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