Bibliographic Information: Smith, David J. If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People. Toronto: Kids Can, 2011. Print.
Brief Annotation: This is a super cool book that informs readers about who the people of the world are, where they live, the languages they speak, the religions they practice, the food they eat, their energy consumption, and so on. It addresses other issues such as security and population growth is well. The author, David Smith, takes complex worldly statistics and breaks them down so that kids can better understand what they mean. He does this by creating a “global village” that is made up of one hundred people.
Genre: Non Fiction
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Readers who will like this: Any student who is interested in the world at large, social studies, or math would find this book to be appealing. That being said, I feel as though any reader would be interested. This book is extremely relevant and intriguing. I would definitely not recommend this book for young children, as it may be too complex for them to understand/picture.
Rating/Response: 5 – I love this book! It is so fascinating. Breaking down global statistics and making them more relevant and relatable is something that is beneficial for people of all ages. A super cool extension activity would be to do a lesson on “If the World Were a Classroom/School”.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: With older students, it would be great to give them a little survey before reading with questions such as, “If the world were a village of one hundred people, how many people would be malnourished?” to dig deeper into what students’ original perceptions of who the people of the world are. With younger students, you would need to ask simpler questions.
Reading Strategy: Math
Rationale for Strategy: I placed this book under the Mathematics category, as it is directly based upon numbers and statistics. Graphing, percentages, fractions, and other mathematical concepts could easily be discussed/practiced along with this book.
Posted by: Emma Henke