If America Were a Village

A Book about the People of the United States

By Smith, David Nichol & Armstrong, Shelagh

Publishers Summary:
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.

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978-1-55453-344-2
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 2-6 As in "If the World Were a Village", Smith and Armstrong help children understand large statistical numbers by collapsing the U.S. population of 300 million down to a village of 100. For example, "82 people in our village speak English as their first language, 10 speak Spanish. 1 speaks Chinese, 1 French and 1 German." Other languages that represent less than one whole person are also mentioned. Topics explored include family make-up, religions, jobs, ages, wealth, items owned, energy and water use, and health. Comparisons are sometimes made with historical data to show change and with worldwide ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

In this companion to <i>If the World Were a Village</i>, Smith represents the population of the United States as a village ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Provides an interesting snapshot of important aspects of American life. Contai...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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