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This Child Every Child: A Book about the World's Children (CitizenKid) Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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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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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: 9.4 x 0.4 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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