If the World Were A Village

If the World Were A Village

A Book About the World's People

Book - 2002
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Speaks of the world's populations as parts of a village of 100 people, in order to clearly show the differences among the characteristics of the various peoples who live in the world.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2002
ISBN: 9781550747799
Branch Call Number: J 304.6 Smi
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Armstrong, Shelagh 1961-


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Nov 09, 2017

In this book it talks about how if there was a village with the population of 100 people. Each person represents 64 million people. The village has 61 people from Asia, 13 from Africa, 12 from Europe, 8 from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, 5 from Canada and the United States, and 1 from Oceania.
The book then goes on about languages: 22 speak Chinese, 9 speak English, 9 speak Hindi, 7 speak Spanish, 4 speak Arabic, 4 speak Bengali, 3 speak Portuguese, and 3 speak Russian. Then it talks about ages: 10 are children under 5, 10 are children between 5 and 9, 19 are between 10 and 19, 16 are between 20 and 29, 15 are between 30 and 39, 11 are between 40 and 49, 9 are between 50 and 59, 6 are between 60 and 69, 3 are between 70 and 79, and 1 is over 79. 1 person dies and 3 people are born a year.
Next we go into religions: 32 are Christian, 20 are Muslims, 13 are Hindus, 11 Practice shamanism, animism, and other folk religions, 6 are Buddhists, 2 belong to other global religions, such as the Bahad ’i faith, 1 is Jewish, and 15 are non-religious. Foods wise there are 31 sheep, 23 cows, bulls, and oxen, 15 pigs, 3 camels, 2 horses, and 189 chickens. The amount of chickens in real life is 12 billion 96 million. And Earth’s population is 7.6 billion. 50 people are hungry most of the time, 20 people are severely undernourished, and 30 people are well fed.
Then the book talks about air and water, 82 have access to save water: 18 have to walk a long distance to just get safe water, 60 have access to a sufficient sanitation while 40 do not, 68 breathe clean air mean while 32 do not. There are 38 school-aged villagers only 31 go to school.
The richest 20 people have more than $5600 a year, the poorest 20 people have less than 65p a day, and the other 60 people have an in-between amount of money. Then we go into electricity: 76 have electricity, 24 do not, and in the village there are 42 radios, 25 televisions, 36 phones, and 10 computers.
Over the years the villages population has increased, first 1 person, then 3, then 5, 8, 10, 17, 32, 100, etc…
I thought that this book was well written, it explains global issues well. By the year 2100 there will be 250 people in the village (16 million people on earth). Scientists say that that number is the max of people able to fit in the village. What will happen when earth comes to that number? How can we solve it?

Nov 09, 2017

An enlightening short story about how rich we truly are here in North America. I can't believe that only 30 out of a 100 people have enough to eat every day! A sincere book that accurately describes the state of life on earth.
If the earth were a village with 100 people in it…
5 are from the USA, 9 speak English, 82 have access to safe water, 60 have access to adequate sanitation, 68 breathe clean air, 31 attend school, 20 make at least $9339 a year, 76 have electricity, 36 have telephones, and 10 have computers.
Just subtract a number named above from 100, and there you have the amount of people who aren't from the USA; who don't speak English; who don't have access to safe water, sanitation, clean air, and education; who make less then $9339 a year; and who don't have electricity, telephones, and computers. My, my. I never realized how rich I am until reading this book!

Sep 13, 2011

A great book for all ages even though it's written for children. The author really puts the world in perspective and shows the reality of how rich North America is.

Jan 27, 2010

Fantastic book. A beautiful way to simplify a complicated concept for children

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