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If America Were a Village : A Book about the People of the United States
by David J. Smith and Shelagh Armstrong


Overview - America, with all its diversity, is not easily defined. David J. Smith's If America Were a Village takes a snapshot - past, present and future - to help define America for children. Using the same successful metaphor of the international bestseller If the World Were a Village, the book shrinks down America to a village of 100.  Read more...

 
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Overview
America, with all its diversity, is not easily defined. David J. Smith's If America Were a Village takes a snapshot - past, present and future - to help define America for children. Using the same successful metaphor of the international bestseller If the World Were a Village, the book shrinks down America to a village of 100. The metaphor helps children easily understand American ethnic origins, religions, family profiles, occupations, wealth, belongings and more. Shelagh Armstrong's expansive illustrations imagine America as a classic, vibrant small town.
Who are the people living in this vast and varied nation? Where did they come from? What are they like today? How do they compare with people in other countries? The book's simple statistical analysis provides a new way of learning about where people live in America, the state of their health, the shapes and sizes of families, what they use and more - forming a concise picture of a country.

If America 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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781554533442
  • ISBN-10: 1554533449
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publish Date: August 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 12.38 x 9.34 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.07 pounds

Series: CitizenKid

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 44.
  • Review Date: 2009-06-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

This timely follow-up to If the World Were a Village offers a thought-provoking perspective on the people who make up America. Organized by overarching questions such as “Where do we come from?” and “What do we use?” the text illustrates the ethnic divisions, income levels and material consumption (among othercategories) of Americans—were America a theoretical village containing only 100 people. In a section on religion, bullet-points demonstrate the breakdown of religious persuasions within America—“82 consider themselves Christians... 2 are Buddhists... 1 is Jewish”—followed by a comparison with the “whole world” (if it were a village). Armstrong’s cheerful, smudgy paintings balance the text’s heaviness, and an afterword directed at adult readers provides suggestions for imparting the important but complex message to children. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)

 
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