The book provides sidebars offering statistics and a brief history for each country, as well as personal notes from the photographers about their experiences. But it is the "big pictures" that tell most of the story. In one, a British family pauses before a meal of tea and crumpets under a cloudy sky. In another, wary Bosnians sit beside mattresses used as sniper barricades. A Malian family composed of a husband, his two wives, and their children rests before a few cooking and washing implements in golden afternoon light. Material World is a lesson in economics and geography, reminding us of the world's inequities, but also of humanity's common threads. An engrossing, enlightening book. --Maria Dolan
My first grade class's current unit is Community and World, and I had to purchase this book as soon as I discovered it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by M. Oh
described as good condition. opened and it was detached from cover!Published 21 days ago by carrol harper
Book is outdated...from the early 90's so most of the info is too old to really use for anything. The pictures are cool and the stories are detailed and interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sweetsmile
It is a lovely concept but I feel that the book is now getting too dated. Would be fantastic if they updated it and compared the change as well as the different families.Published 2 months ago by Nicky
It arrived well, inside is in great condition.
Material World is a fascinating read for anyone. Read more
Thanks you very much for the great product! It made for the perfect Father's Day gift--my dad loved it! Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Heather Hoekman