Friday, September 4, 2009

If America Were A Village

A few years ago I bought and enjoyed the book If The World Were A Village and loved it. I enjoyed the various statistics about how life differs for people around the globe. Now, If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States by David Smith has just been published and this book is just as wonderful as the one focusing on the world. Statistics are given on various topics: How old are we? How wealthy are we? What are our families like? What religions do we practice? How healthy are we? What do we own? More topics are included as well, and I like the breakdown, relating everything to the idea of America consisting of 100 people. This book would be great for students learning about percentages of things, too. Written for children, this is definitely a book for the upper elementary grades and older and would even make a great coffee table book. I think once I lay this out at home even my husband will get sucked in.

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