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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: CitizenKid
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554534666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554534661
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David J. Smith is a teacher and educational consultant with over 25 years of experience in the classroom and is the creator of the award-winning curriculum "Mapping the World by Heart."

Shelagh Armstrong is a freelance commercial artist who has designed adult book covers, stamps and commemorative coins .If the World Were a Village was her first children's book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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This was a book I had read about and was interested in learning more about world children.
Lady Dragon
You will find topics listed in the back of the book to launch discussions that will really carry home the reality of living conditions many children have to accept.
Lisa Barker
As a lifelong teacher and school administrator, I hope every school library, classroom, and even every home will have a copy.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sabine on March 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
David J. Smith is a former geography teacher whose materials I used when I was teaching; they were always imaginative and accurate. This is his third book and my young grandchildren have enjoyed them all. "If The World Were a Village" and "If America Were a Village" presented vivid and often surprising statistical snapshots of the world and the United States. "This Child, Every Child" describes the varied lives of children around the world and doesn't flinch at showing the disparities.

The book is based on the "United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child" but Smith has done a great job turning official terminology into a book of stories that are interesting and certainly eye-opening. My grandchildren loved it! From the opening illustration of children holding hands around the world to the final pages of projects suitable for young people, complete with websites and print sources, they were fascinated. It's a wonderful book for families to read together and to discuss.

Smith believes that children need to know that change is possible, and that even they have a power to create positive changes in the world. This unusual and interesting book is a great place for them to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NESA on February 8, 2011
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I was unaware of the "UN Convention on the Rights of the Child" until I saw David Smith's latest book This Child, Every Child. This book is not only an intriguing read for children and adults, but is also a great introduction to the UN document. It has cover endorsements from UNICEF and from the Canadian NGO, Onexone. David Smith puts a face on specific situations in a way that will help both children and adults understand the heart breaking problems of many children in the world, and also some solutions.

Smith has chosen twelve of the Articles of the UN Convention and has developed wonderful verbal pictures of the situations of typical children in places like Yemen, India, Mali and Iran. For example, he writes of a nine year old boy in Guatemala who works in a fireworks factory, one of the estimated 18 million children under age 14 who work in Latin American. He also contrasts these with the descriptions of children in the developed world such as England, the US, and Australia. Along the way he enriches the text with up-to-date statistics, such as the number of homeless children in the world (100 million!) and the extent that children are part of rebel armies (about 300,000).

Shelagh Armstrong's illustrations are powerful. The depiction of the boy-soldier on page 29 is breathtaking, but every page is illustrated to appeal to young and old alike. I can imagine my reading this to a 4th grade nephew while he looks at the pictures, although it certainly is readable by upper elementary school children.

The last section on "Learning More" will be of practical interest to parents and teachers, allowing them to continue to help the children in their lives understand the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Rowan on June 14, 2011
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Another success for David Smith! What a thoroughly, thought-provoking look at the world's children and their cultures. The clear presentation makes it easy for kids to step outside their own zip codes and get well-researched and gorgeously illustrated information on what other children deal with in life. This is a perfect follow up to his "If the World Were a Village" and "If America Were a Village". I recommend this book for all ages. I'm in the retirement years and my children are in their 30's and we've all learned from these books. We use them as gifts time and time again. I can't wait to get the latest offering "This Child, Every Child" on my friend's shelves!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a parent of a child in a middle (to upper) class area of the United States, an incredibly wealthy country by any standard, I feel some responsibility to raise my kids' awareness about children who don't have such an easy life.

Unfortunately, some recent items in the news have shown children in distress -- either in war-torn countries or areas like Haiti and Japan devastated by natural disasters. We don't always want to talk to our children about these issues, but sometimes we have to.

In This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World's Children, a Citizen Kid book published by Kids Can Press, the tone is very informative -- not written in a sensational alarmist way, instead just painting a clear picture (sometimes sad) of what different aspects of children's lives look like in many different areas including

* School (and literacy rates)
* Homes
* Family
* Health
* Work
* Play
* War (okay, maybe that part was a bit sad and hopeless for me to read

This oversized 9 x 12 book has a large beautiful painted illustration on about half of the two-page spread. The other page has fairly dense text (but in a font that is just right for young readers) describing the topic. At the bottom of the page the article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that pertains to that topic is highlighted in a box, written in child friendly language.

For example, in the section on work the article reads

"You have the right to protection from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly (Article 32).
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More About the Author

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DAVID J. SMITH is a classroom teacher with over 25 years' experience teaching English, Geography, and Social Studies in grade levels from 4 to 12. He achieved recognition for his unique method of teaching seventh graders to draw maps of the entire world from memory, now published by Fablevision as a highly successful curriculum, "Mapping The World By Heart". In 1992, Smith won the U.S. Department of Education's "A+ For Breaking The Mold" Award for this work. Since 1992, he has been a full-time consultant, providing lectures and workshops on geography and global issues, and on IT issues, to teachers, parents, student groups, and others in the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia.

The "Mapping The World By Heart" curriculum directly addresses standard number 2 of the US geography standards, and has achieved phenomenal results in public and private schools throughout the U.S. and in locales as far-flung as Cote D'Ivoire and Japan. It is popular because it works. At the beginning of the school year, students draw maps of the world, and "the results are predictable," said one article about the program; "The maps always show incredible gaps in students' mental images of the world, with the only places included being the places that are real to the students -- where they live, where they've traveled." But at the end of eight months, these same students are able to draw detailed maps that include the names and borders of 190+ countries, with their capitals, mountain ranges, rivers, etc. The technique used is both traditional and up-to-date: lots of memorization, but not the old-fashioned methodology of rote-for-rote's-sake, but rather memorization informed and enriched by the real use of knowledge, study, practice, mnemonics, and games.

Time Magazine, NBC's Today Show, The L.A. Times, and the Associated Press, among others, have acknowledged Smith and the success of his curriculum. Besides the curriculum, Smith has written articles for the New York Times's Education Life section, for The International Educator, for The World Paper, NESA Notes , and Independent School Bulletin.

He has also written five other books -- "If The World Were A Village", which was published in March, 2002, by Kids Can Press in Toronto, and "The CEESA Web-Site Manual" and "Emergency Procedures Handbook for International Schools" were published respectively in 1998 and 2003 by the US State Department.

The sequel to "If The World Were A Village", entitled "If America Were A Village", (isbn 1554533442) was published in August, 2009.

His newest book, "This Child Every Child: A Picture Book For Children About the Rights of Children" (isbn 1554534666), was published in February, 2011.

"If The World Were A Village" (isbn 1550747797) has been widely and favorably reviewed in journals such as Booklist and Horn Book and School Library Journal. It was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as their #1-recommended book on the BookSense 76 Children's list for Spring-Summer, 2002, and Newsweek chose it as one of 10 children's books on their "recommended reading" list in August, 2002. In addition, it won the H.C.Andersen Prize for 2003, the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award for 2003, and was named a Smithsonian "Notable Book of the Year". It has been published in 20 editions, in 17 languages other than English, including Braille.

Besides book visits and assemblies, David offers consultation services, workshops and platform presentations on geography and global awareness for schools and professional organizations.

David was born in the United States, but is a permanent resident of Canada; he and his wife live in North Vancouver, BC.

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