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Book Review: If the World Were a Village

This wonderful illustration shows people greeting each other in many languages.

This is a wonderful way to explain to kids just how many people live in a certain place or speak a certain language or belong to a certain religion. The statistics on the availability or food and electricity are telling as well, driving home the point that privilege is not universal, even for such seemingly basic needs.

Lastly, we see a population graph in the form of statistics, for the village in the past and for the village in the future. It is at the same time a demonstration of how fast the population has grown and a warning for how fast the population will continue to grow.

All in all, I highly recommend this book, for its poignancy, for its simplicity, and for its innovative method of presenting seemingly dry information.

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